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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

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Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming soccer game has fast-paced anime action.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is an upcoming soccer arcade game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The game is based on a popular manga and anime, and is the latest game for the franchise, which follows a young boy and his school's team as they challenge other squads to become champions. Each squad has an initial power level, which corresponds to the skills and abilities of each athlete. Some are stronger at tackling opponents for the ball, while others are skilled dribblers or shot takers. Performing different moves, like successfully passing the ball past defenders builds up a power meter called a Vzone, which can be used to trigger special moves. The captains of each team can use these special moves more frequently, summoning what appear to be spirited copies of team mascots (like tigers or falcons) to power up their strikes. Players will be able to joust for position for the ball, and will also engage in some button mashing mini-games to determine who wins possession if their skills are evenly matched. The game has colorful visuals that look very close to an anime episode, and while there are some tackles that might seem rough or harder than necessary, there's no violence or blood shown during matches, even when players are knocked off their feet by power moves.

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