Beyblade: Metal Masters
What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?