Fury Unleashed

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Comic book shooter is repetitive and short but lots of fun.

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Positive Messages

The game is a pure action experience in the vein of cheesy action '80s and '90s action flicks. There's no real message other than to shoot all the enemies before they shoot you, surviving long enough to get through each comic book episode.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This is a run-and-gun, explosion filled adventure. Players can customize their heroes in different ways for a more personal cosmetic touch, but there are wading pools with more depth than these characters. Their sole purpose is to rain down destruction on anything that moves.

Ease of Play

The game has basic arcade-style controls that are simple enough to pick up and play. That said, the gameplay itself gets chaotic and difficult fairly quickly. Since players keep their upgrades after defeat, the game gets a little easier over time.

Violence

The game is non-stop action, with a steady stream of gunfire and explosions. Usually enemies show blood and, when defeated, explode into meaty chunks. But there's a setting in the Options menu for a "Bloodless Mode."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fury Unleashed is an action game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch game consoles, as well as Windows, macOS, and Linux based computers. Players dive into the panels of different comic book adventures, navigating the scenes and using their arsenal of weapons to blast anything that moves. The game supports local co-op for two players, with both players' action taking place on the same screen. Violence is constant, complete with lots of blood and gore shown in a cartoonish manner. But parents should also note that there's a setting in the game's options to play a "Bloodless" mode, which disables the blood and gore if younger kids are playing or watching.

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What's it about?

FURY UNLEASHED is an adrenaline-fueled action game that takes players through a series of insane worlds in a bullet-riddled, high-explosive adventure through the fourth wall and into the world of comic books. Pulled into the pages of these graphic novels by the mysterious Mr. Doodle, players must traverse the panels of the comic pages, blasting their way through all manner of soldiers, monsters, aliens, and other minions of mayhem. If you keep the chaos and carnage going from one battle to the next, you'll rack up massive combos. If you survive each issue, you might just uncover the secret plaguing the creator of the Fury Unleashed comics. You can take on the challenge solo or team up with a friend in frantic two player co-op action.

Is it any good?

Sometimes gamers want an epic saga with a deep story, branching plots, and rich character development -- and other times, they just want to blow things up. Fury Unleashed is catered more towards the latter crowd, with an old school run and gun gameplay that's mixed with a healthy dose of light platforming and dungeon crawling elements. The comic book setting of Fury Unleashed makes for interesting use of procedurally generated maps, as each playthrough generates a new layout of panels to navigate to keep things feeling fresh. This helps to alleviate some of the repetition the game suffers from, especially in the earlier stages before players get a chance to beef up their character.

Players dive into the action with some basic weapons and abilities at the start. They can expect to die early on, especially on anything beyond the Easy difficulty. This isn't such a bad thing, though, as players constantly earn experience in the form of "ink," which they keep from life to life. By constantly upgrading before starting a new game, players get access to things like extra health, more powerful weapons, and extra abilities that help to make the battles easier each time. Of course, the drawback to this is that by the time players get to the later stages of the game, odds are good that their character has bulked up enough to breeze through most challenges with ease. In spite of this, Fury Unleashed is still a great little chunk of gun blazing fun worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Is the impact of the violence in Fury Unleashed affected by the loads of blood and gore shown, even if it's cartoonish? Does an optional feature like Fury Unleashed's "Bloodless Mode" take away something important, or can it be just as good without the blood and gore?

  • Do you prefer games that have a higher degree of difficulty, or is there a preference for "Easy" modes that can allow players to enjoy a simpler experience? What are the benefits of both?

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