Baroque

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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A deep, dark RPG with technical and design issues.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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

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.

Sex

There's a moment or two of sexual innuendo, but nothing you wouldn't get on network TV around 9 p.m.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's some discussion of the use of tobacco.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bypaeloras May 5, 2013

Some Things the main review doesn't mention...

During our playthrough and within the first couple of hours you will notice some things. This made my wife and I stop playing this game on the Nintendo Wii str... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 13 year old Written bywavymouth June 26, 2009

my rating:T-16+

I have this game and it is neat but you need a walkthrough to know what to do. based on the difficulty and creepiness it is for older teens.
Teen, 16 years old Written byChibisnake July 15, 2010
There's one character who uses the word "G-dd-mm-t" in every sentence. The goal of the game is to SHOOT GOD! Multiple times. While there are end... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byFunHorror July 10, 2010

Be careful; this is for a niche audience.

Hi there! Listen, before you give this game to anyone you know, make sure you know what kind of RPG's they like. I implore you. The thing about Baroque is... Continue reading

What's it about?

BAROQUE is Atlus' unfortunate remake of an old Sega Saturn role-playing game. The best part of this single player disk is the fantasy story that unfolds incrementally as you play. While the story and the writing are key components to video games, this tale (accompanied by stylized background graphics) is the best thing this sad offering has going for it. In Baroque, you'll be taken to a nightmarish world that's been devastated by an evil force called The Blaze. It's not only wreaked massive physical destruction; it's crushed the spirit of the populace as well. The only hope that these people have is their strange fantasies, also known as their baroques.

You'll play Baroque as you play most role-playing games – by collecting items to increase your health or to upgrade your weapons. Store as many as 20 of these collectibles to move from level to level as you play (that said, 20 goodies in your cache aren't enough: you really should be able to store twice that amount or more in your inventory).

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this game's compelling, sometimes circuitous, story in which a horrible disaster, known as The Blaze, has made life terribly difficult. Does this dark theme make the game difficult to enjoy? You can also discuss the unique background artwork, which recalls many of the graphic novels on the market today. Did you find the puzzles to be maddeningly hard to figure out?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Release date: April 8, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference

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