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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ash of Gods: Redemption is a downloadable real-time strategy/role-playing game. Combat frequently features spurting blood with arrows, swords, and axes (although this can be turned off in the options), as well as references to gory descriptions of bodies. Frequent use of strong language like "f--k" and "s--t" are included as well. There are also references to genitalia, as well as getting drunk and hanging out in taverns. The game has two ways to play: Classic mode (where "challenges, suffering and hardships await") and Story mode, which focuses on a tale of a deadly plague and harbingers of an evil bent on destruction of the world. Both modes emphasize tactics and strategic planning, which could frustrate some gamers not accustomed to planning multiple moves ahead in battle.
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What's it about?
The story of ASH OF GODS: REDEMPTION speaks of a calamity known as the Reaping that was averted through the sacrifice of knights. Now, after a time of peace, signs have suddenly begun to appear that another reaping draws nigh. The Story mode follows three protagonists as they race time and hordes of enemies to save those they love and the world. Along the way, choices will have to be made and those choices (evaluated through dialogue and final decisions) will have consequences as the game progresses. Players can also take on Classic mode and test their skill against a variety of enemies and situations.
Is it any good?
Part turn-based combat, part card game -- and full-on adventure -- this role-playing strategy game finds the right combo to lure players in and keep them waiting for the next fight. Ash of Gods: Redemption is a visual gem that turns away from realistic graphics and instead uses art that could have sprung from the pages of a comic book. And just when there's some anticipation about where the story might be going, the tale moves through enough twists and turns to keep players invested. The options within the game are also well managed; while there's a far amount of spurting blood, it can be turned off, and if players aren't interested in the tedium of turn-based combat, there's an option for automatic combat, although the game still plays out the turns by itself. What's also a plus for players interested in the story is that decisions made have consequences. Players will gain or lose loyalty, and morale can have an effect on combat.
Within the realm of the combat, there are plenty of decisions to be made leading up to the actual fight -- such as which characters you will take into the fight, what items they will carry, how you will level up their skills, and what cards will be played in which round of the combat. Cleverly, the game has found a nice balance with all those seemingly different elements. If there are some drawbacks, it's that conversations for the Story mode take a long time to play out, and there are instances when players have to make the right choice within the context or else some story sequences won't appear on the main screen. Another minor issue is that there aren't hints that menu or dialogue screens can be scrolled through for options, and there's no way to pull the camera back to get a bigger picture of the setting. The music is nice, but the vocal grunts during the conversations get old as well. These issues aside, Ash of Gods: Redemption is an enjoyable game that will keep players engaged for a long time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Ash of Gods: Redemption has parallels to the real world. For example, when did humankind experience plagues and what were the consequences? How were these eliminated?
Discuss setting reasonable limits on playing games and watching television. What do younger players think is appropriate and why? Other than being glued to a computer or television screen, what else can players be doing that have benefit to their lives?
What lessons can be learned from a game like Ash of Gods: Redemption, and how can they be applied in the real world? Do turn-based games that are built on strategy have parallels in sports, for example?
- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $24.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: AurumDust
- Release date: March 23, 2018
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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