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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is about protecting Earth from an enemy onslaught by mostly controlling mechanized robots (mechs) called Arsenals. While there are story elements in between the action, there isn't much depth or messages to absorb here.
Positive Role Models
The game has a story, but there's little known about the main characters, since much of the focus is on climbing into giant Arsenals -- pilotable mechs -- and fighting against other Arsenals. They aren't significant role models in this game.
Ease of Play
While you must maneuver an Arsenal, a giant robotic fighter, and wield several weapons at once, the game isn't very difficult to control at all. The difficult ramps up over time, too, so players have a chance to familiarize themselves with the controls.
Violence & Scariness
This is a third-person shooter where you use weapons -- rockets, rifles, energy blasts and vehicles -- to destroy enemy Arsenals (mechs). Some violence takes place on foot, after you eject from your Arsenal. There are cut scenes that show human characters injured, including one with blood on their face. But the primary combat is very fantasy-based, seemingly between machines (with humans inside) and no blood or gore.
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The word "ass" can be heard in the dialog one or more times.
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Products & Purchases
While optional, Daemon X Machina supports in-game purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daemon X Machina is a third-person shooter for the Nintendo Switch. The game's set in the future, when giant robotic-like characters (controlled by humans inside) fight against others. The focus of the game is fantasy violence, where players use rockets, rifles, and other weapons to defeat other robotic opponents. While there's some blood (in a cut-scene sequence), there isn't any blood or gore shown during the rest of the game. It also features mild profanity (the word "ass" can be heard in the dialog). Daemon X Machina also supports optional in-game purchases, known as downloadable content (or DLC).
Is It Any Good?
While this shooter has some fun gameplay and great graphics, the action does grow a little tiresome after a short while. The first thing you'll notice about Daemon X Machina are the attractive visuals in this sci-fi action thriller. Especially since the Nintendo Switch is somewhat limited in power and performance compared to the other consoles, it really does look (and feel good) in your hand. It's a great-looking game, with attractive special effects showcasing the futuristic fighting among the war machines, but unfortunately, some of this is weakened when the system is docked on a big-screen TV.
Most of the battles involve aerial maneuvers, which are exciting, and surprisingly simple to control despite having three dimensions to play around with during combat. There's also some depth, especially when it comes to all the customization and loadout elements. For instance, dressing up your Arsenal with increasingly powerful weapons, and other upgrades is gratifying the first time you do it. Unfortunately, the "rinse and repeat" or "deja vu" experience is definitely there after about two hours of play, or so. That's unfortunate because it's a 15-hour game with similar missions, like "Destroy this," "Stop that," and so on. Better variety in gameplay and/or new story elements or plot twists would help matters here. That, and the enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) isn't too challenging. The bosses are tougher to take down, but you don't need to rethink tactics or anything. Overall, Daemon X Machina is a fun game, but don't expect the thrill to last too long. It's accessible, easy on the eyes, and intense, but it's too bad the developers didn't add more variety to keep things fresh over the course of the campaign.
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