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What's it about?
HONKAI IMPACT 3 is an anime-style role-playing game (RPG) focused on combat and hero upgrades. Players control a collection of Valkyries -- attractive young warrior girls -- who are fighting against a world-destroying evil called Honkai. The story progresses through a series of missions as players use special skills and augments called Stigmata to battle zombies and mechanical monsters. Half of the gameplay is focused on combat; the other half is based on upgrading heroes and equipment. In addition to the main story campaign, players can join and create guilds, as well as enjoy standalone gold and equipment-gathering modes, special events, and unique side stories.
Is it any good?
For a game that banks on a morally questionable marketing strategy -- the appeal of attractive young girls -- this is a surprisingly good RPG. Not only does it look good, with its well-drawn characters, fully animated cutscenes, rich environments, and eye-popping special effects, but its simple controls and targeting system make its action sequences as smooth as glass. On their own, those things would be enough to make the game worth playing, but add in the vast amount of free play, and the app's value becomes undeniable. Though the app uses the familiar energy-based play model, it takes a generous approach to it, so you can play for a long time without spending money to replenish your energy (or anything else, really). Better yet, learning to play is a breeze, thanks to a good tutorial and an extensive beginner's guide.
This is one of those rare games that makes complex concepts seem simple. Between gaining equipment, new hero skills, and leveling; getting new costumes; building a base; using Stigmata powers; crafting; co-op; and special challenges, there's a lot to do, and it would be easy to feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, Honkai Impact 3 presents everything in digestible chunks and with a dash of saucy humor. There's a lot of visual variety, and even beginners get to feel cool and powerful. Though some parents might understandably take issue with the occasional flirty dialogue and the objectification of the characters (especially considering how young some of them are meant to be), for teens and older gamers, this is a strong free-to-play RPG.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sex, gender, and body image. Is it problematic that Honkai Impact 3 focuses so much on the look and the physical traits of the characters? Is that "just an anime thing," or is it a larger issue?
How does the lack of blood and gore affect the impact of the game's violence? Would you prefer to see a break in the action instead of nonstop combat?
When is animation not appropriate for children? How can you tell when something animated is clearly meant for adults?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
- Release date: March 28, 2018
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Size: 2000.00 MB
- Publisher: miHoYo Limited
- Version: 2.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.3 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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