A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Furi is a downloadable action game. There's some frequent adult language in its dialogue, mainly through "f--k" being said repeatedly. It's not exactly kid-friendly, either; the action revolves around extremely challenging boss fights, which are presented almost like Western showdowns. The fights can be brutal and intense, but the cartoonish presentation limits some of the impact.
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What's it about?
FURI kicks off with these words on-screen: "The jailer is the key. Kill him, and you'll be free." This is the constant refrain of the story, which is reinforced every time you start the game. You play an imprisoned warrior who's trying to escape, but that's all you know. Standing in your way are a series of opposing jailers with their own backstories that somehow parallel your own, as told to you by a strange cyberrabbit-man. You'll only begin to piece together what the game is really about as it draws to a close.
Is it any good?
This action title is an acquired taste, because unlike other recent, similarly difficult games such as Dark Souls, this brutal game does away with questing or exploring in favor of fighting. The gameplay only features boss fights, and if you don't know that going in, it may take you a while to come around to understanding what it's really about. Rather than have you worry about managing inventory or what order to do what quests in, Furi boils down to a test of your skills that defy you to get better. And that, honestly, will take some time.
Expect to die and start over on each boss again and again. Although this sounds incredibly frustrating, if you're in the right mindset, it crosses over into exhilaration. Why? Because unlike many other games that are also brutally hard, Furi doesn't cheat. Anytime you get hit or you lose a match, it's your own fault and an indication there's something about your technique you need to refine. Then again, the game offers only a paltry tutorial in the context of your first boss fight -- so the only way you'll get better is by making a concentrated effort to learn. Of course, not all games are for everyone, but for what Furi is, it's a focused and challenging blast.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: The Game Bakers
- Release date: July 5, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Violence
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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