Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

Common Sense Media says

Fantasy RPG with sexy outfits and crass weapons.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While the overall theme is positive as you're out to save the world by communicating with various tribes, you are a character that has issues. You're bored and testy, and you're kind of obnoxious, always saying things that are annoyingly confident. You're a generally rebellious teen. Also, it appears that drinking to drunkenness is seen as OK in some instances.

Positive role models

While there are good characters that are postive role models because they are peaceful, others are downright nasty. The character you play is a bored, angst-ridden teen who can be obnoxious.

Ease of play

The basic game mechanics are meant to be easy, but sometimes the Wii controls aren't as fine tuned as they should be for accuracy. Further on, the RPG aspects like using special abilities, equiping your character, and buying things like jewelry in shops can be fairly complex.

Violence

There's a lot of shooting of various kinds of weapons, including loud machine guns. However, deaths don't result in bloodletting, just a burst of fireworks. Monsters, some of which are scary, attack you, sometimes in hordes. Using telekinesis, you can, for instance, lift a pig who shoots lasers out of its udders. Depending on your perspective, this can be cool, funny, or gross. Speaking of gross, you can also toss dung at enemies.

Sex

There are scantily clad women with cleavage in the game. At one point, you're accused of peeping in on a woman getting dressed. In one small game, two women try to knock each other into the water by shaking their hips into each other.

Language

You will hear words like 'hell' and 'damn' very often, but nothing worse than that.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are many alcohol-related references in the game and you'll see drunk characters. One samurai troll you meet seems to be really tipsy. You'll see a lot of bottles of wine during your quests, and you can visit a winery as well. You can't drink the wine. Instead, you can uncork it and watch it pour all over the floor; it's an odd game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers is a fantasy role-playing game featuring a main character who is full of teenage angst, boredom, and rebellion. The game shows bikini clad women and features suggestive themes. You'll see drunk characters during the game. And while there is no blood, you'll see an odd kind of violence, like a pig who shoots laser from its udders, as well as other weapons used.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

What a wide ranging, wildly divergent adventure! In FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS, you find yourself playing the role of Layle, a bored, disaffected young mercenary who has the power of telekinesis and who pilots a really cool plane through canyons. As the story begins on a massive airship, many monsters attack Layle. During your effort to save the world (what else did you expect?), you'll deal with four tribes whose personalities range from peaceful to antagonistic to mysterious.

Is it any good?

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The great and admirable thing about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, a game that took nearly half a decade to make, is that it takes chances in an effort to change some of the tried and true aspects of role playing games. It mixes in elements of on-rails games and shooters. It also tries hard to make accurate use of the Wii remote, which has never been a particularly accurate device -- except in the mini-games genre.

Sometimes this play mechanic works well; but just as often using the Wii remote is a painful experience -- especially as the game becomes harder as you proceed. But you'll enjoy what the game calls the Miasma Screen during which many monsters come at you to be defeated. While there's no blood, you will die more than occasionally. Even though the game can be frustrating, it's clear that Final Fantasy fans with a mind open to new ways to play an RPG will enjoy the experience. For others, however, the game may seem like a mish-mosh of styles and story with an occasionally inaccurate Wii remote to boot. And when you use that pig which shoots deadly lasers out of its udders, it may just be too much for some.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the wide variety of characters you meet. Which of the four tribes do you like most, the mysterious Yukes, the bandit Selkies, the peaceful Clavats, or the dominating Lilty?

  • Do you like the mix of gameplay styles? Why or why not?

  • What do you think of the main character, Layle? Is he obnoxious or do you like his style?

  • What do you think of your telekinesis (lifting things with gravity defying power)? Is it easy or hard for you to pull off? 

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Square Enix
Release date:December 26, 2009
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byHedgieguy11 January 7, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

Fine for 11+

Its so cool. Period
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old November 2, 2010
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13
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love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 10, 2010
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11
QUALITY
 

PLAY IT ONLY FOR FINAL FANTASY FANS

This game is natrually boring
What other families should know
Too much sex

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