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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Aragami 2 is a stealth action game available on the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of a supernaturally powered ninja defending their land from invaders and trying to break their curse by carrying out a variety of missions. Violence is constant, with lots of blood and brutal executions. Players can choose non-lethal options for dealing with enemies, as well as turn off the blood in the game's settings, though both non-lethal and lethal playthroughs are required for full completion. Players can complete missions solo or with up to two other players via online cooperative matches. Although there's no profanity in the game, working with others online could expose players to offensive language via the party chat options. This is the sequel to 2016's Aragami.
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What's it about?
In ARAGAMI 2, you are one of the last of the titular Aragami, warriors afflicted with a supernatural disease called the Soul's Ague. This curse that grants the Aragami control over the darkness while slowing eating away at both the mind and the body until only a mindless monster remains. Using your skills and whatever time you have left, you set out to defend the last vestiges of your clan from an invasion by the Akatsuchi Empire and its flame powered forces. You'll need to harness the power of the shadows on missions to rescue your people, sabotage the Akatsuchi, and defend your home in the Rashomon Valley. You can complete your missions solo or join with up to two other Aragami from you clan in online cooperative play. Along the way, you'll discover ancient and hidden secrets that could hold the key to shattering the curse of the Aragami and bringing your people out of the shadows once again.
Is it any good?
In most circumstances, a sequel builds on the foundation of what came before and tries to add to the original in some new and exciting way. Aragami 2, on the other hand, seems to ignore most of what made the 2016's Aragami feel unique, replacing it instead with a serviceable stealth game shrouded in mediocrity. In the game, the Aragami use masks as a form of expression over their otherwise featureless visages. Aragami 2 likewise uses the legacy of the first game to try and hide its complete lack of identity. In fact, from the art style to the gameplay and even to the overall story, the sequel is so far removed from the original that it feels like a completely different game got shoehorned into the role of a sequel at the last minute.
The usual stealth concepts are here, with players able to hide in shadows, behind cover, on rooftops, or in tall grass, then ambushing unsuspecting enemies by either knocking them out or executing them in graphic fashion. The stealth mechanics are decent, but not always consistent. Sometimes you'll think you're well hidden and still somehow draw the attention of guards, while other times, it will seem like you're fully exposed, but enemies are oblivious to your presence. Co-op play has potential, with well-coordinated teams able to pull off some impressive assassinations. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that poor communication throws off the timing, causing all the alarms to go off and quickly turning the mission into a hack and slash bloodbath. The most disappointing thing about Aragami 2 isn't that it's particularly bad, but rather that it's nowhere close to as good as it could have been.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Aragami 2 affected by the option to adjust the amount of violence shown? Can options like turning off the blood help to reduce the impact of the violence, even if the depictions of the violence are otherwise the same?
What are some of the benefits to playing games with others online? What are some precautions kids should take when playing with strangers (or even with friends) in online games?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Lince Works
- Release date: September 17, 2021
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Violence
- Last updated: September 15, 2021
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