GreedFall

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic, mature tale focuses on choice vs. combat.

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Positive Messages

One of the unique things about GreedFall is your role as a ambassador in Teer Fradee. Players spend a lot of the game helping others with their problems, often coming to the realization that there's more than one side to a story. Many times, diplomatic solutions turn out with better outcomes than combat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game features a wide range of characters, both good and bad. Many characters have their own beliefs and moral codes. Players can also choose their own path, but are often encouraged to take the higher ground, help out those in need, and find a cure to the plague ravaging the lands.

Ease of Play

Movement and combat controls are relatively basic and responsive. But character management is where the complexity comes in. Players not only manage skills, abilities, statistics, and the like, but the amount of customization of inventory items is huge.

Violence

Surprisingly, combat doesn't happen as often as other similar games, though it's still a regular occurrence. Some combat can be graphic, with occasional blood splatters appearing onscreen. There are some story scenes that do show more graphic depictions of violence.

Sex

Some character outfits are a bit revealing with things like exposed cleavage. There are also sexually suggestive moments in the game, including discussions of women being used as "entertainment" for guards. The game also allows for a number of "romance" options with certain companions, culminating in an offscreen sexual encounter.

Language

Some occasional mild profanity, such as "damn" or "hell," pops up in dialogue options.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The game features plenty of references to drinking and alcohol, with one potential side mission even tasking players to drug a wine shipment. Players also make use of various alchemical potions and herbal medicines. There are also some conversations of people being used as guinea pigs for testing various possible treatments for the Malichor plague.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GreedFall is an open world, action/role-playing game available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. Players take on the role of an ambassador sent to explore a newly discovered island as well as establish and maintain a presence there for your nation. While there's a fair amount of combat, as well as some narrative scenes showing more graphic violence, players are encouraged to use diplomacy in many circumstances. There's some mild profanity in the dialogue, as well as occasional sexual references. The game also makes references to and shows characters using alcohol, as well as other alchemical "potions," and players can take part in a mission to drug a wine shipment as well as uncover medical experimentation on people.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byTalljojones July 16, 2020

Best Fantasy Game Of 2019

A great fantasy game full of things to do so much detail lie if you spend time with you're companions you can get to have a boy or girl friend
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Teen, 17 years old Written byfrosneibv September 17, 2019

Not bad...

A game set in a fantasy world where you play an important role in the land, your choices can effect your storyline.
I wouldn't say you could be a bad perso... Continue reading

What's it about?

GREEDFALL is an open world action role-playing game set in a world that's crumbling apart. A deadly magical plague has swept the continent, ravaging the people and leaving death and despair in its wake. Hope arises, though, in the form of the recently discovered island of Teer Fradee. This natural preserve is teeming with life seemingly free of the Malichor plague's curse and home to a possible cure. You have been sent to Teer Fradee as the official representative of the Congregation of Merchants and diplomatic envoy to your cousin, the new governor of the island city of New Serene. It falls to you to negotiate and maintain peace on the island, through diplomacy, through deception, or through sheer force when necessary. Along the way, you'll shed light on the dark mysteries behind Teer Fradee, unlocking its secrets and discovering the truth behind the source of the Malichor plague.

Is it any good?

In most fantasy role-playing games (RPGs), differences are usually settled at the point of a sword or through the flash of a fiery spell. While GreedFall certainly has its fair share of action-packed combat and there's plenty of fighting to be done, players are generally encouraged to talk their way through conflicts, relying more on their skills with words than with a sword. Whether you're charming your way out of a jam, bending a character to your will through intimidation, or even pulling off the occasional deception with the silver tongue of a slick con man, GreedFall challenges players to lean more into their role as a diplomat first before ever unsheathing a weapon. But when the fighting does happen, it's surprisingly fluid and responsive, with players able to quickly string moves together and work with party members like a well-oiled war machine. When things get too hectic, the game's "tactical pause" lets players stop the action, catch a breath, and plan out their strategies.

Another high point for GreedFall is its insane amount of customization options. The game sports a massive number of items available for players and their party members to use, each of which can be tweaked for effectiveness and appearance. Some items even allow players to disguise themselves to sneak past guards or build friendships with hostile factions. There are so many ways to change how you interact with the world around you, it can almost seem overwhelming at times. Even side quests are more intricate than they first seem, with multiple paths to reach objectives, and always more than the simple "go here and grab that" mission most RPG games use. GreedFall isn't quite perfect, though. Many characters seem repetitive and lacking variety. Also, over time, your party becomes overpowered, easily wiping out all but the strongest enemies without breaking a sweat. Still, GreedFall does an amazing job of building an epic story with real consequences, and is definitely worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in entertainment. Is the impact of the violence in Greedfall affected by the realism of the graphics? Is the impact of the violence lessened because the gameplay is clearly unrealistic and based in fantasy?

  • What are some ways to people can use conversation, compromise, and other interactions to help diffuse conflict?

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