God's Trigger

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Bloody hack-and-slash game is frustratingly hard.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some jobs are so big and important that you have to work with someone else to get them done. And that someone else may be the last person you'd ever want to work with.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In an attempt to save the world, a demon and an angel must work together. And, well, kill a lot of people.

Ease of Play

While the controls will initially be familiar to fans of the genre, it has a level of complexity and depth that's unique. It's also unforgiving in its difficulty, which some may find frustrating.

Violence

Players use a variety of guns and melee weapons to kill tons of people, resulting in lots of blood being spilled. But the violence is somewhat lessened by the game's aerial viewpoint.

Sex

The lady demon is wearing a sexy outfit, though you only see this during the game's cutscenes. When playing, the aerial viewpoint prevents you from seeing it.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A scene takes place in a bar, though no one is shown drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that God's Trigger is a downloadable hack-and-slash/shooting arcade game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. Using a variety of guns and melee weapons, players kill a ton of people, often resulting in bloodshed. But this violence is somewhat lessened by the game's aerial viewpoint. Similarly, the viewpoint lessens the impact of the lady demon's sexy outfit, though you can see during the cutscenes. One of the early battles takes place in a bar, though no one lives long enough to enjoy any of the beverages. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

In GOD'S TRIGGER, a demon named Judy and an angel named Harry must work together to make their way from Purgatory to Heaven by way of Earth. Their objective? Save the world, of course. To do this, they shoot and smack tons of people from an aerial perspective, while also taking on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Players will go into battle by themselves or with a friend to destroy incoming waves of opponents with special abilities, firearms, and melee weapons, causing large explosions and lots of blood to be spilled. 

Is it any good?

Though this game adds some interesting mechanics to a familiar action formula, its unforgiving difficulty will make it more frustrating than fun for some players. In the twin-stick arcade action game God's Trigger, a demon named Judy and an angel named Harry must fight their way from Purgatory to Heaven in an attempt to save the world. Playable solo (in which case you can switch between characters on the fly) or with a friend controlling whoever you're not, you use a variety of guns, melee weapons, and special attacks to take out tons of enemies. While similar games are often simplistic with their play, God's Trigger adds tons of new mechanics, including upgradable abilities like Judy's teleporting and mind control abilities and Harry's temporary invisibility. 

The problem is that as fun and unique as this may be, it's also frustrating. The game has only the one difficulty level, and it's such a tough one that you die very easily. One shot from a gun or a single smack from a sword and you're dead, returned back to where you were a few moments earlier. Adding insult to injury, you often have to redo huge sections you've already finished. The game is more fun as a hack-and-slash action title than a shooter, but since so many of your enemies are trigger-happy gun lovers and you die so easily, the problem is more and more apparent. Finally, the button prompts are super tiny and difficult to read if you sit at a reasonable distance from your TV. All of which can make this frustrating for any gamer who doesn't enjoy super-tough games. But for players who like being challenged and want to test their skills against hordes of enemies, God's Trigger is heaven-sent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in God's Trigger affected by the fact that you're killing angels and demons along with people? Would the impact be intensified if you were only fighting humans and realistic gore was shown? Does killing people make you feel different than when killing an angel or a demon? Why do you think that is?

  • God's Trigger is very tough and unforgiving, which means you may have to play the same part over and over. What does this teach us about persistence and the importance of not giving up, as well as knowing when to give up?

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