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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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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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Focus Home Interactive
- Release date: September 10, 2019
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: M for Violence, Blood, Partial Nudity, Language, Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: October 8, 2019
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