Parents' Guide to

Blue Reflection

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Magical friendship, growth tale ruined by blatant innuendo.

Game PlayStation 4 , Windows 2017
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Not all superheroes wear capes or utility belts, and it's not just boys who want to save the day -- but this tale is somewhat ruined by the cheeky visuals for its characters. Blue Reflection shines the spotlight on the "magical girl" genre and lets the ladies take center stage in this fantasy adventure with purpose. The game is absolutely gorgeous in presentation, with beautiful visuals and a wonderful soundtrack. It almost feels alive at times, which does a great job of drawing players into the world and getting them to care about the characters they interact with. Unfortunately, it's for this very reason that certain parts of the game create a huge disconnect.

One of the biggest things holding Blue Reflection back is that it wants to cater to two completely different crowds. Most of the game focuses on the strong story, encouraging building bonds of friendship, learning lessons from the experiences of others, and growing as an individual. While it has clichéd moments, it's a good message to send. But then the game dovetails into cheesecake territory, with gratuitous scenes of these girls bathing or talking to each other in rain-soaked clothes that would put a wet T-shirt competition to shame. None of these scenes are particularly subtle or help to move the story along. Instead, they just feel like they were thrown in as some sort of concession to a separate, specific demographic, which ultimately undermines the rest of the experience.

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