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Beyblade: Metal Masters

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Simple toy-inspired game will appeal to franchise fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Beyblade series promotes working together and engaging in good-natured, spirited competition and this game embodies that theme. The game does involve battles and taking down opponents, but it is presented more as a sporting competition than anything with gratuitous or glamorized violence.

Positive role models

Beyblade battlers are strong, sportsmanlike competitors who strive to become the best they can be. They can be looked to as sports stars and exude the level of ambition, courage, and tenacity that can be expected from a role model.

Ease of play

Although the 'battles' in this game only involve spinning tops, the combat is similar to that found in turn-based character-vs-character fighting games. Players need to develop strategies to figure out what attacks to use against different enemies, and use defensive maneuvers to prevent large attacks against them. That being said, the difficulty level is muted so as to appeal to a younger audience that might have less experience with this type of game. It has a built-in learning curve that allows players to grow their combat skills while progressing in the game.

Violence & scariness

While the main gameplay mechanic in this title is "battling," the actual battles contain nothing more than spinning tops colliding into one another. There are some flourishes that add impact to the competition, like bursts and explosions, but there is no violent content beyond that.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Beyblade franchise incorporates an entire line of toys and games, and this game could be seen as encouraging players to buy the real-life Beyblade battle toys.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Beyblade: Metal Masters is based on the line of spinning top toys as well as a TV show spinoff. In the toy franchise, players send out their tops in a plastic battle arena until only one top remains. In this video game, the tops are somewhat personified as players engage in "combat" gameplay that allows them to attack enemy tops with bright colorful effects. However, the violence is significantly detached since the only thing taking damage is a series of inanimate objects.

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What's it about?

BEYBLADE: METAL MASTERS is based on the Beyblade TV series and line of toys. In the spirit of the animated series, the goal of the game is for players to take on all their fellow Beyblade masters and ultimately come out on top as the best combatant in the fantastical universe. Specifically, opponents from the first and second season of the TV show are represented, with a total of 37 competitors to challenge. The game is about overcoming obstacles and believing that if you try hard enough, you can accomplish anything.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Beyblade: Metal Masters is sure to appeal to fans of the TV and toy franchise on which it is based, which is largely a younger audience. There are some strategies players can develop to become a very formidable competitor, but for the most part this is not required to complete the single-player quest. Players who are able to easily achieve victory will also be able to quickly speed through the game with little to no incentive to play again. There is a multi-player option that gives the game some replayability, but for the most part this is a linear game that has little else to offer. That being said, it is a faithful representation of the franchise and sure to provide several hours of enjoyment to any Beyblade fan.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the combat in this game. Do you think this kind of competition is violent?

  • What themes are present in the underlying storyline?

  • What are other fun, non-violent forms of competition?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Hudson Entertainment
Release date:November 15, 2011
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:E for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language

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