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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The Protagonist, as he is called, is a good guy with flaws. He committed a huge sin, but he is willing atone for it. If he can get to the bottom of a large monster-filled tower, he can save himself and, perhaps, all humanity.
Violence & Scariness
There's light, fantasy violence and splashing of animated blood. Players will use guns and swords to kill monsters. You also consume the bones and hearts of monsters to give you health and abilities.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a moment or two of sexual innuendo, but nothing you wouldn't get on network TV around 9 p.m.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's some discussion of the use of tobacco.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the game contains some fantasy violence with blood shown. Players will use guns and swords to kill monsters, and when the monsters are dead, they can consume the monsters' bones and hearts to gain health and ability boosts. This game offers a full, deep story and that there's a fair amount of reading involved. YouTube generation kids may be too impatient to read through the story and deal with the manual. Also, this is one of the more difficult role playing games ever put on the market. But if you and your child love the story, you'll delegate the time to figure out the puzzles.
Is It Any Good?
The problem is that you have to deal with lot of the characters to glean the true story, and that's fairly annoying since many of the characters are vague or secretive. You'll be hitting the manual or forums on the Web far too often to make this game worthwhile – unless you fall more on the hardcore side of gaming.
In the Wii version, the camera angles confuse and thwart your movement, and that's being kind. Although you'll swing the Wii remote to slash and cut as you fight, there's no way to block when your monstrous foes attack you. Faces don't really move when they speak, either. In other words, though Baroque has been remade, it hasn't been refined and updated properly. Atlus should have spent far more time to bring this game to the demanding specs of 2008. The upshot? It feels like an old game, albeit one with a compelling premise.
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