A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Good vs. evil is the focus of the book and the film, but not this game. This is all about the bloodshed.
Violence & Scariness
Slashing and stabbing opponents is the whole focus of this fantasy game. Blood is shown and characters die frequently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main focus of this game is combat. This is a fighting game of slashing and stabbing where fantasy characters die and blood is shown. Unlike the book by Christopher Paolini on which this game is based, the story line is pretty weak. In the middle of the melee, it's tough for kids to absorb any kind of message about good fighting evil. The game is more violent than the movie.
Is It Any Good?
Most video games based on movies, whether the film itself is a blockbuster or a box-office bomb, tend to be underwhelming. While ERAGON isn't exactly unplayable, it's not about to be nominated for game of the year. If you're not already familiar with the Eragon universe, expect to be lost or confused. The game starts off with a few tutorials about basic controls and the combat system. These tutorials leave the impression that there will be strategy involved and some type of intuitive combat system in place. Unfortunately, you can just about make your way through the entire game by mashing the A and B buttons.
One of the main draws of the Eragon story, which may excite die-hard fans of the franchise, is dragon-riding. Sadly, like many other aspects of the game, it is not executed well. But the game's biggest flaw is the crippling camera angles. In the middle of a battle you can find yourself hacking and slashing blindly because you can't see your character or the enemies swinging at you. All in all, Eragon can keep you entertained through a rental, but the bad camera, cheesy unlockables, and sheer lack of variety of gameplay will not sustain your interest.
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