Fallen Legion: Revenants

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Story-focused tactical battler hampered by tech issues.

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Positive Messages

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

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.

Sex
Language

Some mild to moderate profanity, including words like "hell," "bitch," "bastard," and "pr--k" (noun).

Consumerism

This is the latest game in the Fallen Legion franchise.

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What 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).

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What's it about?

FALLEN LEGION: REVENANTS is a single-player side-scrolling game that offers tactical but fast-paced combat, tough boss fighters, and extensive character dialogue and story branches. It takes place in Welkin Castle, a floating keep that's the only safe place left for humanity as it hovers over a world covered in poisonous miasma and deadly creatures. You explore its walls, defeat monstrous enemies, and attempt to overthrow a wicked tyrant in control of the land. Players take the role of a charismatic and rebellious politician named Lucien, who discovers a mysterious book where he learns of the Exemplars -- weapons that can turn into loyal soldiers -- and Rowena, a revenant spirit from the world's surface who wants to return to the land of the living to raise her son. An unlikely duo, Lucien and Rowena agree to work together to face off against evil and leverage Exemplars (each with their own skill) as you travel through the castle. You can also guide the story somewhat through choices you make in conversation. You'll have as many as three fighters on the left side of the screen, and will use weapons (swords, guns, and magic attacks) to battle enemies. The game attempts to fuse fast-paced real-time combat with a turn-based approach, and you'll need to wait to replenish your powers after an attack, which might give enemies a chance to strike.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Fallen Legion: Revenants affected by the lack of blood and gore during combat? Would the impact be intensified if the violence was more realistic? Is the impact lessened because you're fighting fantasy creatures and monsters instead of people?

  • Is there a reason for Fallen Legion: Revenants to include profanity? Does it add anything to the story, or was it added to the dialogue unnecessarily?

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