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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that God Eater 3 is a fantasy action role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Windows PCs. Player characters do battle with monsters using enormous swords that can transform into guns. Combat's fast paced, with sprays of red blood pouring from monsters with each successful hit, but no gore shown. The story involves a group of young people forcibly enlisted and physically altered to wage war in a wasteland that's inhospitable to regular humans. It also covers how these people react once freed from their conscription, especially since the group bands together and supports each other as they try to survive. Dialogue contains some mild profanity, including the words "damn" and "bastard." Some female characters are also overtly sexualized, with oversized breasts and extremely skimpy outfits that are clearly impractical for their jobs. Parents should also be aware that this game's designed to encourage online play with friends.
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What's it about?
GOD EATER 3 is an action role-playing game (RPG) set in a world overcome by a mysterious physical phenomenon that turns everything it touches to ash. Survivors have grouped together in protected facilities called ports, because accompanying the ash clouds are giant, aggressive monsters that pose just as deadly a risk. To fight these creatures, the port authorities conscript gifted young people to become warriors, physically modifying them so that they can survive outside for a limited time while wielding massive gun blades. But these forcibly enlisted warriors are essentially prisoners -- that is, until a massive ash storm gives them a chance to escape by hitching a ride with a passing convoy ship. Players take on the role of one of the strongest of these warriors (a customizable character you can design and name), fighting monsters while also helping to safely navigate the ship through the wastes. Play alternates between the battlefield, where the heroes fight a wide range of monsters in epic battles, and time spent chatting with non-player characters and upgrading and crafting new weapons, items, and gear. Multiplayer allows up to eight players (up to 4 on the Switch) to take on missions working together as a team.
Is it any good?
If you enjoy the Monster Hunter series, chances are you'll have some fun with Bandai Namco's take on the genre. God Eater 3 is the first game in the series to appear on a console, but it retains much of what defined its handheld predecessors. Combat's action-packed, with imaginative, scary looking beasts that players deal with by a diverse number of satisfyingly powerful attacks. The growth and evolution of weapons and gear gets pretty complicated and requires plenty of reading to fully understand -- this is the sort of game that comes with pages upon pages of optional explanatory notes explaining weapons and game systems. Players who take the time to learn it all will feel empowered as they take superhuman characters armed with wildly effective blades into battle. If you choose to jump online, you'll instantly be able to tell the serious players from the casual ones by how effective they are in combat.
But while the fighting is fast, fun, and refined, other parts of the experience still have room to grow. The non-player characters are generally likeable -- and surprisingly helpful in battle, if only to give monsters another target to focus on -- but they tend to fall into stereotypes and often don't have much interesting to say. Worse, the English acting is gratingly bad; it's better to listen to the original Japanese actors with subtitles. And though the fictional world and its visual design are interesting, it feels small and poorly fleshed out, even if you take the time to read the many lore entries buried in the archive menu that explain the backstory. A little more mythology and a larger world would've done wonders for the player's sense of immersion. Still, there's plenty to like about God Eater 3, especially if you're in it primarily for monster-slaying action.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen time. God Eater 3's missions are fairly short, making it easy to get sucked into playing just one more over and over again, especially if you're playing with friends online, so have you considered putting a hard stop on when to finish a play session?
How does strategy change when you're playing as part of a team rather than alone? Do you prefer one over the other?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Release date: February 8, 2019
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: July 26, 2019
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