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Astor: Blade of the Monolith launches on PC and console

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Astor Blade of the Monolith releases on PC and console

Previously going by the name Monolith: Requiem of the Ancients, Astor: Blade of the Monolith finally launches to the world, playable on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC. 

Available today on the usual formats (including Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S) is Astor: Blade of the Monolith. It’s from C2 Game Studio as they team up with Versus Evil to deliver an all-action RPG to the gaming world. And yep, we know, ANOTHER ONE!

A dynamic fight

Astor: Blade of the Monolith is a bit special though. Whisking us away to the world of Gliese we’ll be tasked with helping Astor, a young warrior, fight against hordes of foes, hunting down all evil as they go. If all works out well, great, world saved, live to fight again. But if not? Well, that impending doom…

For many it’ll be the dynamic combat of Astor: Blade of the Monolith that will most excite. This has been inspired by some serious classics, like Bayonetta, Devil May Cry and Zelda – if it comes off as the dev team are hoping, it’s that which could well be a bit special. 

But there’s much more to Astor: Blade of the Monolith than that combat. Runic powers will be yours for wielding, whilst various weapons, skills and combos will constantly come to the fore. When you then consider a main story and side quest will take you upwards of twenty hours, and then a New Game + comes into play too, and well, this could be taking up your time for weeks and months ahead. 

Key features

Just check out the key features to get a bit of a rundown on how Astor: Blade of the Monolith is likely to play out. 

  • EXPLORE A VIBRANT WORLD – Explore the mystical planet of Gliese and search for a lost history hidden throughout the planet’s majestic landscapes, ancient ruins, and old temples left by past civilizations. Using your newfound runic power, shift into the spirit realm to solve puzzles, reveal secret passages, and uncover the answers to save the future.
  • DEFINE YOUR COMBAT STYLE – Arm yourself with 4 types of powerful weapons and special abilities as you engage in intense, fast-paced battles. Pummel your enemies with a combination of melee strikes, ranged attacks, and air combos. Switch between equipped weapons at any time–even mid-combo to deliver unyielding critical hits. The choice is yours!
  • WIELD RUNIC POWERS IN COMBAT – Harness the power of the Runic Swarm, an ancient energy used to materialize runic power as weapons or tools in combat. Unleash charged attacks to create devastating finishers, such as the Wall Crush and Runic Cannon, or summon powerful companions, shields, and decoys to gain the upper hand in combat.
  • THE TRUTH OF YOUR FATE UNFOLDS – Your journey will lead you down a path of discovery toward your destiny. Uncover answers to solve the mysterious disappearance of the ancients thousands of years ago, for they created the Diokek, but what deeper purpose lies behind the existence of your kind? Are you, Astor, truly the chosen one destined to bring salvation or destruction? The ancient Monolith holds the key to your answers, awaiting your arrival with the secrets of the past.

Our full review of Astor: Blade of the Monolith on Xbox is live. Give it a read. 

Buy now

Astor: Blade of the Monolith is on the Xbox Store today for £20.99, playable across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, fully optimised for Series consoles. 

You’ll also find it on the digital storefronts of Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and PC. 

Astor: Blade of the Monolith Description

Explore the vibrant planet of Gliese, once inhabited by an ancient race, and now home to their sentient creations – the Diokek. After the ancients’ disappearance, the Diokek lived in peace until malevolent creatures, the Hiltsik, started wreaking havoc among their settlements. With threats of a more sinister force at play, Astor – a young Diokek warrior, must journey across Gliese to solve the mysterious disappearance of his creators thousands of years ago, believing that they may have left behind the key to their salvation.

Learn new attacks, abilities and combos, unlock magical powers, and collect legendary weapons as you crush hordes of enemies. Find your way towards the Monolith, an ancient structure holding immense power, and confront the source of the planet’s haunting evil. Will you join Astor on his journey to become the planet’s savior?

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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