Edge of Eternity
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Edge of Eternity
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Edge of Eternity is an open-world fantasy role-playing game available for download on Windows PCs. Players explore the land of Heryon, investigating and pushing back against an encroaching threat known as the Corrosion. Players will need to navigate multiple menus, managing inventory, party members, skills, and other functions. Players fight against feral animals, strange creatures, and other enemies in turn-based combat. While there are lots of flashy effects in combat, there's no blood or gore shown on-screen. Finally, there's mild profanity like "damn" or "hell" mentioned occasionally in dialogue.
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What’s It About?
EDGE OF ETERNITY takes players on a fantastic journey through Heryon, a world torn apart by war. It began years ago, when a mysterious force from the far reaches of space invaded the planet and thrust the people into war for their very survival. The people staved off the invaders and their technological arsenal by tapping into magical arcane forces. But the stalemate has been broken by the Corrosion, a disease unleashed by the aliens that transforms those infected into twisted abominations. As the Corrosion spreads throughout the land, it falls to two siblings, the former soldier Daryon and his sister, the priestess Selene, to find a way to free the people from the Corrosion's influence. Players will follow the duo throughout every corner of Heryon as they investigate the source of the Corrosion and seek out a cure from its effects before the planet is lost forever to otherworldly invaders.
Is It Any Good?
Role-playing games come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most popular types are Japanese role-playing games, or JRPGs. Edge of Eternity checks off all the standard boxes of a JRPG, including the style of games that don't necessarily come from Japan but share similar qualities in terms of character designs, anime influences, fantasy/sci-fi, and more. That's not to say the game's perfect. It's still a bit rough around the, well, edges. But it crafts a solidly entertaining and original role-playing adventure.
One of the highlights of Edge of Eternity is the writing of the characters' dialogue. This isn't restricted to just the main characters and cutscenes, though those conversation are interesting and engaging. Even the random chats between characters and non-player characters (NPCs) feel natural and believable. Combat has a sort of basic turn-based strategy feel. Players have limited movement within a small hex grid, trying to gain a minor advantage in offense or defense. Commands are pretty straightforward, though it's easy to get overwhelmed when attacked from different angles. But where the game stumbles most is in its consistency. Most areas and scenes look sharp and detailed, but others look bland and almost half-finished. It's a bit jarring when it happens, but it's still nothing that takes away from the overall experience. Overlook the inconsistent elements, though, and you'll find an entertaining and unique experience.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about character strengths like friendship and teamwork. How can working with others help to overcome obstacles? What are some examples of strong friendships in your life? Do siblings fall into that category?
What are some key ways to tell a good story in video games? How difficult is it to give players freedom of choice while still telling a complete story?
- Platform: Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Dear Villagers
- Release date: June 8, 2021
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: June 7, 2021
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