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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tough but rewarding tactical RPG with realistic violence.

Game Mac, Windows 2013
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Blackguards isn't for the easily frustrated. Those used to more forgiving turn-based strategy games will quickly run into a wall here as they encounter maps that require well-considered decisions. The smart computer-controlled enemies are only too happy to take advantage of even the smallest player-made mistakes. It often comes down to finding the proper mix of conservative tactics and aggressive actions. Some missions require hasty movement across maps overcoming enemies and traps along the way as a turn timer counts down, while others reward players who inch their parties forward and draw out their enemies one or two at a time. Regardless of the tactics required, success is most often found in lessons learned from previous defeats -- and a bit of luck, since not all attacks are guaranteed to find their marks.

It can be frustrating, and at times it borders on unfair. However, as the game progresses and you come to better understand your characters' strengths and weaknesses -- which you help shape over time -- you may be surprised at how rewarding this lengthy and challenging role-playing game can be.

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