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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Innovative stealth fighting game with mild combat effects.

Game PlayStation 4, Xbox One 2016
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This is a deceptively sophisticated first-person combat game. With only a couple of modes, a handful of arenas, and a simple set of attacks and movements, Chambara is, on the surface, somewhat shallow. But its clever color-based stealth element gives it surprising depth. Arenas are cleverly designed to favor fighters of different colors at varying elevations and quadrants, encouraging players to learn and stick to areas that are of advantage specifically to their fighter. And players who ignore the closed-eyes mechanic to keep opposing players from using the split-screen setup to their advantage do so at their peril.

Nearly as important as stealth is learning to move around the arena. The controls are a little finicky -- it can be hard to control vertical ascents with the dashing ability -- but working out how to quickly and efficiently climb to higher levels can be both a pleasure and smart strategy. Understanding how to use a shuriken -- which must be collected after it's thrown -- to stun a distant enemy before moving in to attack is another advanced tactic that can make a major difference once mastered. More modes and arenas would have given Chambara longer legs, but there are still hours of local competitive fun to be had.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Team OK
  • Release date: August 2, 2016
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 17, 2016

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