Demon Gaze II

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fun yet repetitive dungeon crawler has violence, sexuality.

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Positive Messages

A resistance group is determined to overthrow a demonic tyrant. Standard good vs. evil tone, but focus is on combat to solve issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You fight with, against demons, but little is known about your human character. You wake up with amnesia at start of game, you're devoted to fighting evil, but you inflict damage, death in process.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

You'll fight enemies in turn-based fashion, using weapons, magic attacks. You might see blood splatter on characters, walls, floors. Some cries of pain accompany combat.

Sex

Some partial nudity, including topless female characters with hair covering their nipples (barely), some female monsters seen with exposed buttocks. Some suggestive lines of dialogue.

Language

Mild profanity, including words like "bastard," "ass."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You'll encounter inebriated characters with slurred speech, dialogue referencing drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Demon Gaze II is a role-playing game (RPG). It includes violence with weapons and magical attacks during frequent combat situations. Players will hear cries from enemies and will see some blood on characters. There's also lots of sexually suggestive imagery and dialogue, as well as some topless characters and monsters with exposed buttocks. Players will also encounter mild profanity, as well as images and dialogue tied to consuming alcohol. 

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What's it about?

DEMON GAZE II is a role-playing game (RPG), and while it's the sequel to Demon Gaze, you don't need to know any of the story or game mechanics of the previous game to play this single-player dungeon crawler. Your character wakes up with amnesia, so you don't know much about who you are and your past, but you decide to help members of a resistance group overthrow a demonic tyrant. To do so, you'll explore huge dungeons, partner up with benevolent demons, befriend other characters, engage in turn-based combat, collect loot, upgrade skills, and add and/or change out party members to grow over time. Against a colorful backdrop with varying fantasy set pieces, the combat plays out much like a card game, where you choose the enemy to fight, the attack type, and other offensive or defensive maneuvers, until you've (hopefully) won the battle after a few exchanges with your party.

Is it any good?

While this role-playing game can be entertaining, the repetitive combat and the heavy focus on sexualizing female characters keeps it from becoming great. First, the good news: Demon Gaze II is accessible and attractive, and the turn-based combat is well thought-out. It's fun to choose your party and select various attacks, exchange blows, collect loot, and explore more of the map to face off against other demons. The game is balanced and progresses nicely, so you always feel challenged but not overwhelmed (or, on the flip side, you don't feel the game's difficulty is too easy). You'll get to know the different characters, and even develop relationships with them (some romantic, if desired).

As for its shortcomings, the story is weak and at times difficult to follow (perhaps it's a language barrier thing, even though the game is playable in English or Japanese). While increasingly challenging, the combat does get repetitive over time, which means your interest in getting through to the end might wane over multiple hours. Also, as with many anime games, and at the risk of sounding ethnocentric, there's an issue that arises with the female representation in the game. Whether it's a playable character or a monster, most of the women in this game are dressed very provocatively, with their breasts and buttocks nearly exposed. Plus, some of the dialogue, such as characters frequently commenting on breasts and breast size, amplifies the objectification of these ladies to an uncomfortable level. Overall, this game can be fun -- even without playing the original Demon Gaze -- but its issues make it not quite as good as other RPG dungeon crawlers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the imagery of women in games. While it might be culturally acceptable in Japanese anime entertainment to have very young-looking girls dress and act provocatively, is this OK for a Western audience? Does it send the wrong message to young boys and girls?

  • Talk about violence in games. Is it OK to constantly fight monsters because these creatures are unrealistic, or is the combat unacceptable?

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