Aragami 2

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Stealthy sequel ignores legacy to embrace mediocrity.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Players can choose whether to kill or not, but are encouraged to do both in multiple playthroughs for maximum awards. Although the co-op mode can show the benefits of working as a team, there's not much incentive to join with others.

Positive Role Models

Players are presented as protectors of their people trying to break a curse. But this is mainly just used as a reason to fight against the opposing faction.

Diverse Representations

Players are given a range of customization options to distinguish themselves as individuals, particularly in online co-op play. These distinctions are limited to masks and outfits, though, as the characters have supposedly lost their true faces as a result of the curse that comes with being an Aragami.

Ease of Play

The game has some basic stealth action controls which seem fairly easy to learn. But there are some odd technical quirks that pop up, including ways the game gauges distance, some interactions with in-game objects, and timing in combat.

Violence

Players can usually choose lethal or non-lethal options for eliminating enemies, as well as turning on or off the blood spray in the game's options. Even so, the game's packed with brutal imagery, including characters getting sliced apart, impaled, and more. When the blood is turned on (which it is by default), blood sprays from wounds like rain.

Sex
Language

There's no profanity in the game's dialogue, but the online co-op could still expose players to offensive language from others via the in-game party chat.

Consumerism

This is a sequel to 2016's Aragami.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynick488 September 24, 2021

Over exaggerated once more.

Commonsense media has always overexaggerated everything, but this is shocking. There is zero blood spray, it is shadow power. And the only blood seen is in thin... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 25, 2021

Great starter stealth game

Aragami 2 is a pretty decent stealth game, stealth mechanics are a little basic but deep enough for there to be a decently high skill ceiling.

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?

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