A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Themes of friendship, family, ambition. A group of companions work together to help each other achieve both personal and shared goals.
Positive Role Models
Protagonists are a mix of personalities ranging from duty-driven and honorable to playful and a bit self-centered. They all seem to enjoy helping each other and strangers in need of assistance, but often with expectation of payment in return.
Ease of Play
Traditional turn-based combat system with intuitive menu system is easy to understand but grows more complex as game progresses. An "easy" difficulty setting reduces the challenge of battles so players can focus more on the story. Instructions are provided as new systems are introduced, and can be accessed at any time from the main menu.
Violence & Scariness
Turn-based combat shows cartoon characters performing melee and magical attacks against both humans and monsters in scripted animations, with flashes of light accompanying successful strikes. Enemies disappear from battlefield once defeated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters often have exaggerated breasts, and many wear skimpy outfits revealing deep, bobbing cleavage. Text conversation occasionally touches on sexual topics, from women's underwear to nakedness.
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Moderate language -- including "damn," "hell," and "ass" -- appears throughout the game.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the popular TV anime series Fairy Tail, which could lead players to search out the show along with related toys and paraphernalia.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Parts of the game are set in a bar, and characters frequently discuss drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fairy Tail is a turn-based fantasy role-playing game (RPG) based on the popular Fairy Tail anime TV series for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. Players control cartoon characters attempting to increase the ranking and prestige of their fighting guild by taking on tasks for people in need. These tasks often involving fighting monsters or other humans in turn-based battles. Players will select physical and magical attacks, and then watch them play out in scripted animations. There is no blood or gore, just flashes of light and smoke, but combat can feel frenzied nonetheless. Enemies disappear once defeated. The protagonists have a mix of personality traits ranging from dutiful to playful, but all of the heroes are, in the end, caring and happy to help -- though they often expect payment for their good deeds in order to help restore the glory and reputation of their guild. Parents should be aware that conversation includes moderate profanity, some discussion of drinking, and occasional references to subjects such as underwear and nudity. Several of the female characters have exaggerated, jiggling breasts further accentuated by skimpy clothes (impractical for fighting) that tend to reveal deep cleavage.
Is It Any Good?
Hopefully, you've seen the TV show -- otherwise, you'll likely feel as though you've been thrown straight into the deep end. Fairy Tail introduces more than two dozen characters in the first half-hour, and buries players waist-deep in preexisting franchise lore by making allusions to previous events and complex character histories. Players can access key story details in the game's handy encyclopedia and character guide, but that's asking a lot from anyone jumping in fresh without having watched the show. That said, if you can get past this hurdle, you'll be in for a treat. From its beautiful anime aesthetic, which basically makes you feel like you're playing a TV cartoon, to its sophisticated yet accessible character growth and combat systems (which borrow liberally from some of the very best Japanese role-playing games around, including the Persona, Fire Emblem, and Bravely Default games), Fairy Tail is clearly a cut above most TV show spin-offs.
Much of the game has clearly been designed with user experience in mind. Players will never be at a loss for what to do next, since objectives are always clearly marked on the mini-map. Once you complete a task, you'll have the option of being immediately whisked to headquarters rather than needing to waste time hoofing it back or looking for a fast travel point. And loading screens last just a few seconds, so it almost never feels like you're being pulled out of the action. The end result is a rare kind of role-playing game in which progress feels constant, fast, and satisfying. Toss in simple instructions and the ability to bump difficulty down to avoid frustration, and you have a surprisingly accessible role-playing game experience that shouldn't turn off fans new to this notoriously imposing genre. If you count yourself a fan of Fairy Tail, you're unlikely to be disappointed with this interactive interpretation.
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