A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is an action-based JRPG (Japanese role-playing game) without any real messages, positive, negative, or otherwise. It focuses on combat rather than character depth or profound storyline. But you're tasked with stopping an evil tyrant, which can be perceived as a positive goal.
Positive Role Models
While you rely heavily on combat skills to win missions, characters are noble, brave, want to eradicate evil in the kingdom. One main protagonist is Rowena, a magical woman who commands a handful of Exemplars (such as Aleister and Burgundy), which are weapons that become sentient (and obedient) soldiers. Other main hero, Lucien, can craft potions and other useful items with Alchemic Recipes, and use stealth tactics to navigate Welkin Castle. Your decisions could impact the story.
Ease of Play
This isn't a difficult game to learn. A mandatory tutorial level explains what each action does.
Violence & Scariness
No blood or gore, but fighting is the focus. The single-player side-scroller has you engage in several fast-paced battles against fantastical characters and boss fighters using swords, crossbows, guns, magic attacks. Somewhat dark themes in story; some dialogue sequences allude to kidnapping, torture, executions.
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Some mild to moderate profanity, including words like "hell," "bitch," "bastard," and "pr--k" (noun).
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest game in the Fallen Legion franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fallen Legion: Revenants is a Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. This is the latest game in the Fallen Legion series, which has gone through adventures in various fantasy worlds. Much of the game is rooted in a mix of real-time and turn-based combat, where the player uses weapons -- punches and kicks, guns, swords, and so on (as well as magic) -- to inflict as much damage as possible onto the mostly fantastical creatures (ghosts, zombies, demons, winged monsters, and gun-toting skeletons). There's no blood or gore, but cries of pain can be heard as you defeat enemies (at which point they disappear from the screen). There are references to kidnappings, torture, and executions in the castle conversations. There's some mild to moderate profanity in the dialogue, like "bitch," "hell," "bastard," "damn," and "pr--k" (as a noun, not a verb).
Is It Any Good?
If you're into anime JRPGs (Japanese role-playing games), you might like this game's surprisingly deep combat that rewards party balance, timing, potions, and varied combat maneuvers. Fallen Legion: Revenants has a lot to offer for fans of the series or genre. It's fun to play around with the three Exemplars before using Rowena's mana to help heal or strengthen your spell-casting. The game may seem like a button masher, but it's not -- and you'll die often. The story branches and various Exemplars add some replayability, and you can repeat battles for an improved Battle Result, but it would have been better to offer local or online co-op (cooperative play), or additional modes. Another issue is frequent and somewhat long load times. Without exaggeration, there must have been about 20 load screens within the first 60 to 90 minutes of play, which isn't ideal, especially in 2021. Some of these load screens were for non-interactive story elements, while others were between battles, but they all slowed down action and gameplay.
Visually, Revenants isn't anything special, and the voice acting is over-the-top -- similar to many other anime titles with English actors. At times, as many as three characters all talk over each other at the same time, though it might just be a quick comment in the middle of a conversation. At least the gameplay is quite enjoyable, which is most important. But yikes, those load screens. Perhaps the developers can patch some of these issues to make Fallen Legion: Revenants a real worthy side-scrolling action-heavy JRPG. But as it stands now, only those with patience and a fondness for the franchise need apply.
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