A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are no messages in Century: Age of Ashes, as it’s a straightforward fantasy battle game with no dialog, story, or any real character development.
Positive Role Models
The game doesn’t have any playable characters, other than the nameless humans who sit atop dragons and fly around various arenas.
The human riders in the game are seen from behind, since you’re controlling the dragon's flight, but you can see one is a red-haired Caucasian woman, and the others have their faces covered by helmets (so they could be anyone). There are no options to create a character of other races or genders.
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Ease of Play
Century: Age of Ashes is quite easy to control using a mouse and keyboard, and the tutorial teaches how to manuver your dragon, attack enemies, and more.
Violence & Scariness
There's some fantasy violence, as you must take down enemy dragons (and riders) with your fiery breath, and you see them explode mid-air – but there's no blood or gore.
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Multiplayer is unmoderated, potentially exposing players to inappropriate comments.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Century: Age of Ashes is a free-to-play downloadable multiplayer game for Windows PC (via Steam). The game has you ride on the back of a dragon and battle others, breathing fire, which destroys the enemy rider and dragon. While combat is the point of the game, the violence isn't graphic, and no blood or gore is shown when opponents are defeated. There's no character creation or story development, because the point is aerial combat, but the controls are easy to learn thanks to a tutorial that walks players through the full process of play. Unmoderated multiplayer could expose gamers to inappropriate comments, but otherwise, there's no offensive content included in the game.
Is It Any Good?
Gamers will be pleasantly surprised at the quality – and replayability – of this free-to-play game. Whether you opt for the default mouse and keyboard controls or use a controller, Century: Age of Ashes feels good to play and control. Plus, the game looks great, offers intense aerial dogfights in various maps, and has some depth with the various dragon classes, customizable upgrades, multiple modes, and other gameplay features. It’s music and sound effects are also noteworthy. To keep players engaged, there's ranked and unranked play, quick game skirmishes and more advanced maps. It also includes character leveling up, and a global leaderboard to gauge how your skills match up with other riders. Plus, players can take part in two different live events, which will change monthly, each with their own set of rules and themed rewards.
The in-game Bestiary lists all dragons you can unlock, while other tabs show classes and upgrades. Speaking of classes, there are some subtle differences, such as the fast and accurate Marauder, the more defensive and tougher Windguard, or the stealthy Phantom -- and new classes are supposed to be added to the game regularly. Despite a couple of the maps that feel similar, there isn’t too much to complain about with Century: Age of Ashes. Even the concern of having to pay to really unlock the fun in this game isn’t an issue here. Without paying for any content, it's quite easy to find yourself booting up the game to play another round, grinding through matches to use virtual currency for unlocking new things. For action fans, this is a fun and smooth fantasy shooter worthy of your time.
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