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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Emphasizes solid strategic skills, pre-fight preparation. This element is similar to chess, is a good learning tool for teaching how to formulate strategies for success.
While positive messages aren't overt, there are consequences for actions, decisions made. Honorable decisions can cost time, create more problems, while consequences for less-than-honorable decisions may also create tougher paths through game.
Positive Role Models
Central characters are not overtly good; non-playable characters may have their own agenda. Making decisions will either gain or lose favor with those in your party, which can have consequences as game progresses.
Ease of Play
Turn-based strategy can be time-consuming. Much of battle determined in battlefield setup. Combat can be challenging, but if players opt for Story mode, don't wish to engage in combat elements, computer will play out the combat automatically.
Violence & Scariness
Combat shows spurting blood from arrows, axes, swords; references to hacked, mutilated bodies, dead babies. Blood can be turned off in options.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity shown, but references to genitalia.
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"F--k," "s--t" frequently used in dialogue.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to getting drunk, hanging out in taverns.
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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.
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.
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