Heroes Lore III

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Action RPG shows two sides of the same war.

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Ease of Play

The on-screen joypad controls are a little iffy (especially on the oversized iPad), but not enough to detract from the game significantly. Quest lists and on-screen messages keep the player focused and cut down on aimless wandering.

Violence

In order to level up you'll spend a lot of time battling foes with weapons (swords, guns) and spells. There's no blood or gore, and enemies disappear when defeated. Certain enemies attack on sight while others are peaceful unless provoked. Foes are usually monsters, but there are some human-on-human confrontations as well.

Sex

Some of the female characters wear outfits showing cleavage, midriff, and legs.

Language

Infrequent use of mild swear words like "damn," "crap," "bastard," and "hell."

Consumerism

The title screen has a link to more EA games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a power-up called Bottle of Wine that restores the character's mana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heroes Lore III is a role-playing game where players engage foes in live combat with melee weapons and guns (as opposed to turn-based role-playing games like Final Fantasy). Players don't necessarily have to attack everything that moves; some monsters will attack on sight while others are peaceful unless attacked first and can be side-stepped. There's also an online multiplayer mode that offers 1-on-1 or 2-on-2 arena battles against friends or a random pairing.

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Is it any good?

HEROES OF LORE III could benefit from tighter controls, but this misstep isn't enough to totally detract from the overall experience. The game's high point is its story, which tells of a bitter war between two nations and offers players the choice of controlling a character from each side of the conflict: Kei, an altruistic 19-year-old from Neo Soltia, or Rits, a hardened mercenary fighting on the side of the Askrans. The game offers about 30 hours of gameplay and a lot of replay value thanks to the different character customizations you can play around with, which isn't too bad at all for a portable RPG.

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