Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Volume 1

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Flawed, violent, ultimately disappointing action game.

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Positive Messages

Claims violence is the way to solve problems; no positive messages here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters look to violence to solve any and all problems; no positive role models.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

A violent, bloody, gory game. Players kill lots of people; not only does blood squirt everywhere but some enemies are shown being cut in half.

Sex

Topless dancers, shirtless DJ in a topless bar. Dancing isn't seductive, just shuffling.

Language

Frequent use of "f--k," "motherf--cker," "sh-t."

Consumerism

Sequel to Afro Samurai; part of a franchise that covers manga comics, anime shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Though there's a scene in a bar, with many bottles of alcohol, no one shown drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Volume 1 is a violent, bloody, and gory downloadable action game. Using swords, players hack and slash numerous enemies, many of whom are trying to cut the player at the same time. Not only do characters get sliced in half, but there's tons of squirting blood as well. There's also a scene in a strip club that features topless dancers and a shirtless lady DJ, though, oddly, no one is shown drinking. Numerous characters use over-the-top curse words and includes words such as "s--t," "f--k," and "motherf--cker."

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What's it about?

In AFRO SAMURAI 2: REVENGE OF KUMA: VOLUME 1, you play as Kuma, Afro's childhood friend turned archenemy. Armed with a teddy bear head and cybernetic enhancements, all thanks to Afro's impetuousness, Kuma sets out on a path of bloody revenge, and no ninja, samurai, or anyone else will stop him. Inspired by the original manga and the animes that followed, as well as the first Afro Samurai game, Revenge of Kuma is the first of three installments in this epic tale of vengeance.

Is it any good?

With shallow gameplay and numerous technical issues, this third-person hack-and-slash action game is one of the year's biggest disappointments. Unlike its predecessor, Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma: Volume 1 has overly simplistic combat and equally uninspired platforming. Even worse, it suffers from a number of technical flaws, most of which should have been fixed before the game was released. Not only does the game slow to a crawl if there are a lot of enemies on screen at the same time, but you also can fall off the world if you make a wrong turn. One enemy won't die regardless of the hits it takes; during review, the game had to be restarted a couple of times before he finally fell. Even the volume controls don't work, as turning the music off only lowers it, and it doesn't even do that all the time. This is not only one of the worst games of the year but, for fans of the original animes and manga, one of the year's biggest disappointments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games such as Afro Samurai 2. Do you think the squirting blood and dismembering are necessary in this game? Or do you think it would be just as fun if you didn't cut people in half and the blood didn't spray like a fountain?

  • Talk about samurai. What do you know about samurai? What kind of code did they live by? Could you apply that code to your life?

  • Discuss anime and manga. What other animes and manga do you think could be made into games? Think about your favorite cartoons and comic books; what kinds of games could you make out of them?

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