Striking visuals, frequent martial arts fights in deep tale.
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blade&Soul: Revolution is an action adventure game for iOS and Android devices. the gameplay involves getting revenge and frequent battles where players use weapons, special moves, and fight until someone falls down. Gamers are encouraged to attack other players and try to defeat them in any way possible, and some characters will die. At least one female villain wears clothing that's somewhat provocative -- but no nudity is shown, and the characters' conversations feature appropriate language. Various items are sold within the app to help speed up gameplay, which you don't necessarily need to buy to play -- but may think will help, just because there are so many elements involved, and it's not always clear exactly where you are in the overall game.
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What’s It About?
Players sprint, dash through the air, and fight creatures in BLADE&SOUL: REVOLUTION. The storyline involves a student who was learning basic fighting skills at Hongmoon School, but then has to try to avenge their master's murder. Players can lunge, attack with an animal sidekick, and choose other battle moves against opponents. They'll need to maintain their stamina and complete various tasks, such as talking to other characters. As gamers advance, they'll improve their skill level and class, making them stronger and more capable to take on harder fights.
Is It Any Good?
Players sprint, zoom across canyons, and fight numerous foes in this intricate role-playing game(RPG). Blade&Soul: Revolution involves a number of different elements, ranging from main and side quests to an intricate gear system to enhance your warrior. All of these items are explained through in-game tutorials as well as a brief game and strategy guide. Even if you're still confused, the app's autoplay option can let you make progress and hopefully learn along the way. Between completing tasks and battling, the gameplay will pause periodically to show scenes that do significantly advance the plot, offering insight into characters' motives and plans. Shown from the point of view of the character you select at the start of the game, the graphics are top-notch -- characters clutch the ground as they crawl slowly to safety, water ripples, and fire looks almost like it does in real life.
Despite the game's many elements, it doesn't often feel overwhelming. You're not under pressure to finish tasks, and new characters and features are introduced in a steady, digestible way, giving players a chance to absorb information and test out new abilities. If players are anxious to advance quickly in the game, they might find that frustrating. But those who are content to focus on short-term goals will find some progression happens naturally as they play. Another issue is that with so many small symbols on the screen, it's easy to hit the wrong thing if you're using a phone. You also have to directly face an opponent for your battle moves to work, which can require some coordination. Parents also have to be comfortable with letting kids play a game where the focus is fighting and revenge, which isn't a great lesson to impart. But if younger players are aware that the violence isn't something to glorify or emulate, Blade&Soul: Revolution could provide an engaging, fun experience to fully explore over time.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Blade&Soul: Revolution affected by the lack of blood and gore in the game? Would the impact be intensified if the gameplay seemed more realistic?
How can players figure out what to do next in the app if it isn't immediately clear? What steps can you take when you're not sure how to start or continue something?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 25, 2021
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures
- Publisher: Netmarble Games Corp.
- Version: 3.00.014.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later or Android 6.0 and up.
- Last updated: April 5, 2021
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