A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game features strong themes of friendship and teamwork, with the characters developing deep bonds with each other over the course of their adventure. It also spotlights how to cope with difficult situations, with the characters still trying to make the most of their time together and joining to help each other.
Positive Role Models
Ao and the other girls are friendly and caring. Despite their situation, they still look out for one another and work together to make some sense of their current lives. They are inquisitive, willing to push themselves beyond their imposed limits in order to seek out the truth and defend one another.
The girls all come from different backgrounds with different personalities and make for generally positive female characters. But there's no diversity in their ethnic representation, with all the girls looking like stereotypical cookie cutter anime schoolgirls.
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Ease of Play
The RPG (role-playing game) elements of the game require a lot of reading, menu navigation, character management, etc. This sequel brings with it more traditional RPG gameplay over the more streamlined gameplay of the original, which should feel more familiar to fans of the genre, but also adds a few extra layers of complication.
Violence & Scariness
Players fight against creatures and demons using a variety of magic spells and fantasy themed weapons (staves, swords, etc.). The combat includes lots of flashy visual effects, but there's no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While the game's less suggestive than the previous Blue Reflection, there are still a few moments where the camera angles will focus on certain areas of the female characters and a few lines of dialogue still have occasional innuendo.
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Products & Purchases
This is a sequel to 2017's Blue Reflection.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blue Reflection: Second Light is a magical fantasy role-playing game available on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. A sequel to 2017's Blue Reflection, players take on the role of a group of young schoolgirls trapped in a magic fueled world with no memories of their past lives. A large portion of the game deals with the characters living their lives and interacting with one another, building strong bonds of friendship. There's a lot of reading and menu navigation in the gameplay. Combat involves turn-based battles, with players using a variety of magical abilities and fantasy weapons to defeat their enemies. While there are a lot of flashy effects during fights, there's no onscreen blood or gore. Some scenes, as well as a few lines of dialogue, contain innuendo and suggestive appearances.
Is It Any Good?
This role-playing game (RPG) sequel skips the obvious titillation in favor of stronger, more complex play and is all the more better for it. When Blue Reflection: Second Light's predecessor first came out, it tried too hard to appeal to two completely different crowds. On one hand, it told a solid story of friendship, of coping with emotional trauma, and finding the strength in yourself, with the help of other, to rise above. On the other hand, it never failed to take advantage of any opportunity to showcase its female cast as overly sexualized objects. Thankfully, it looks like the developers have learned their lessons and dialed back the cheesecake factor with the sequel, Blue Reflection: Second Light. That's not to say Second Light doesn't still occasionally let a gratuitous camera angle or pose linger a little too long, but by and large, the sequel's focus is more on showcasing its characters' personalities as opposed to their measurements.
Blue Reflection: Second Light has done a lot more than simply tone down the sexuality. In an effort to gain more traction with the RPG fanbase, the game has reworked some of its core mechanics to be more inline with what that audience is more familiar with. The combat flows smoothly in a mix of real-time and turn-based actions and characters now level up based on a more traditional XP-based model. This adds a few extra levels of complexity to the difficulty over the original's more laid-back approach to character growth, but it also gets players more invested in the experience. And even though the game's story does have threads connecting it to the events of the previous game, Second Light doesn't require an extensive knowledge of what's come before in order to makes sense of the plot. Instead, Second Light is a second chance for the series to stand out to RPG fans for more of the right reasons.
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