Full Metal Furies

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Throwback arcade-action game packs in co-op fun.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Between all the gunplay and fighting, allowing yourself to be vulnerable and to truly trust others is visited and revisited throughout the game. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Playable characters are rambunctious, teasing, ultimately abide by spirit of cooperation, not competition.

Ease of Play

With lots of strategy in choosing your character, what equipment to outfit them with, what skills to specialize in, it will take a little while to wrap your head around. 

Violence

No blood, gore; violence mainly shown with cartoonish thwacks, hits. 

Sex
Language

Smattering of toilet humor here and there, with references to feces, posteriors, things "smelling like farts."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A playable character, the sniper, always has a cigarette in her mouth, but it's never lit, puffed on.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Full Metal Furies is a downloadable action/adventure game with mild fantasy violence. The violence has no blood and gore, and is mainly shown with cartoonish thwacks and hits. Playable characters have rowdy demeanors but throughout the course of the game also reveal themselves to be comfortable being emotionally vulnerable with and supportive of one another. One of the characters, a sniper, is always seen with a cigarette in her mouth, but she never smokes it. Although the game is mostly fine for younger players, parents should be aware that there's a smattering of juvenile toilet humor, with references to feces, posteriors, and things "smelling like farts."

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What's it about?

FULL METAL FURIES is, broadly, about a revolution being staged against all odds by a small squadron of soldiers. The story is loosely based on Greek mythology, centered on a very loose interpretation of the fall of Athens. That is, there are heavily armored Minotaurs with guns, the titular reference to the infernal goddesses, the Greek Furies, and references to the agriculture deity Demeter. That said, this lens on history isn't too strict as there's a heavy emphasis on a goofy and ironic tone throughout the game, which is a dominant note about the titular squad -- consisting of four soldiers with different strengths -- hunting down and trying to destroy another squad of tyrannical titans to defend the free world. 

Is it any good?

In an age where nostalgic appeals are seemingly everywhere in gaming, what makes this title refreshing is its mostly successful emphasis on cooperative play. Full Metal Furies is an absolute blast to sit down and play with friends as you fight together through the ruined town of Thessaly, the Foloi Forest, the tombs of the Stygian Well, and more. There are secrets to unlock, hidden equipment to discover and master, and loads of skills to earn through experience. The biggest snag is that the operative word in this praise is "with friends," as multiplayer is either invite-only if you're online or if you have friends with you in the room. Although this is by no means a major knock against the game, it does hinder how much you'll be able to play with others.

Though, to be clear, it does diminish enjoyment slightly because the game can be "grindy," or forcing multiple walkthroughs of areas and levels so you can earn enough gold to unlock better stats for your characters. If you're playing solo (which is doable, just not advisable), the challenge is eased somewhat by being able to choose and play as two different characters and quickly switch off between them on the fly. From the near-sighted sniper to the showboating fighter, the four characters are truly distinct and you'll likely find one you have the most fun with, and the types you like to play best with. The whole package exudes fun, encourages you to tinker, and is truly elevated when you're able to get a game going with others. Even if you aren't nostalgic for the games this is paying tribute to, Full Metal Furies is easily a contender for being a go-to staple with you and your friends. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about humor in odd circumstances. Why do you think Full Metal Furies goes out of its way to inject levity, a variety of personalities, and moments of humor and sincere connection around staging a revolution?

  • Talk about what it means to really support a friend emotionally. When you are friends with someone, why might that friendship mean different things to its participants? How can those misunderstandings be navigated to make the relationship stronger?

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