Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Martial arts action game packs a mediocre punch.

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Ease of Play

Players build their team of fighters from various characters in the Fist of the North Star series. Each character can unlock a special attack by tapping and tracing the screen at the right time and in the right pattern. It adds a new layer of complexity to the standard action/strategy formula.

Violence

Violence is a key component of both the game and the manga series it's based on. Character fight each other with a variety of deadly martial arts moves, with some animations even showing characters literally exploding from the punches. While the gameplay animations and CGI don't show much blood, the manga cutscenes don't shy away from violent and bloody scenes.

Sex

There's a fair amount of innuendo scattered throughout the game, with male raiders wearing outfits made of little more than black leather straps while the few female characters often play on their sex appeal.

Language

Some profanity occasionally pops up in the dialogue, including calling characters "bastard" on a regular basis.

Consumerism

The game is free-to-play but does feature a lot of in-game purchases that players can use to get ahead in the game. Still, most items and characters can be earned through regular gameplay as well. Based on a popular anime cartoon and manga comic book.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The game features occasional references to drinking and being drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE is a free-to-play action/strategy game available for download on iOS and Android mobile devices. The game's based on the classic Fist of the North Star post-apocalyptic martial arts manga and anime series. Players use custom teams of warriors to fight enemies in a constant series of battles. While the gameplay shows characters attacking each other with weapons and martial arts, there's little to no blood shown. But the game's cutscenes do show various characters deaths, often in brutal ways (such as their heads exploding in silhouette). The game's story scenes, presented in manga style, also show more brutal scenes of violence, including more blood and gore. There are some discussions of drinking and getting drunk, and both male and female characters wear revealing clothing.

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What's it about?

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR LEGENDS REVIVE is an action packed strategic martial arts mobile game for iOS and Android devices. The game gives players a chance to revisit the post-apocalyptic journey of the master of the deadly martial art of Hokuto Shinken, the "Savior of the Century's End," and the star of the Fist of the North Star manga and anime series, Kenshiro. Players recruit both heroes and villains from the Fist of the North Star series, creating a team of fighters to defend the innocent from the constant threat of bandit gangs and rivals to Kenshiro's abilities. You'll choose your warriors and master brutal attacks and devastating combos with the right combination of targeting and timing. You can also watch classic scenes unfold in all new computer generated animated cutscenes and "ReVIVE" the legend of the deadly art of Hokuto Shinken.

Is it any good?

Many free-to-play action games let players collect and level up characters, then use them in an endless cycle of fights to earn more items to collect and more characters to fight with. Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE isn't much different, following the formula almost to a T. But to the game's credit, there are a few extra layers tossed in that help it stand out from the crowd just a bit, especially for fans of the Fist of the North Star series. These include full computer generated cutscenes that recreate key moments of the story, as well as manga-style story transitions pulled straight from the books. It's great stuff for fans, though these little extras are likely to be lost on newcomers to the franchise.

Strip out the fan service in Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE and what you're left with is a relatively basic and repetitive tapping action game. Player fight in turn-based combat, choosing a target and a character to attack with. Players can time their attacks with an onscreen prompt to chain together attacks from different characters in huge damage dealing combos. At first, it's something to keep players' attention and focus on battles, but it quickly becomes repetitive and just one more step to go through in combat. Character do have access to special attacks with big animated flourishes, though for a big chunk of the early game, players' parties are usually strong enough to win fights before these attacks ever have a chance to charge up and come into play. While fans are likely to find fun in some of what Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE has to offer, the game is still a formulaic and repetitive tap fest that lacks a punch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in entertainment. Is the impact of the violence in Fist of the North Star: LEGENDS ReVIVE affected by the blood and gore in the game's cutscenes? Would the game be as entertaining or fun if there wasn't any violence or gore?

  • How do some free-to-play games handle in-game purchases? What balance should there be between earning items in-game and paying to progress further?

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