By Harold Goldberg,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Charming anime-style RPG shows real depth of character.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The main characters undergo a slow transformation from childishness to adulthood. Where Cecilia is bored and careless at first, she learns to become responsible. She also struggles with her belief in her religion as, early on, she muses that prayers don't matter.
Positive Role Models
While both protagonist characters begin with a variety of flaws, they grow into helpful, thoughtful human beings as they try to save the world.
Ease of Play
If you haven't dealt with role playing games before, you'll have a fair amount of learning to do here before you get the hang of it. However, if you give it a few hours, you'll be casting spells, forging weapons, and leveling up with the best of them.
Violence & Scariness
The violence here is very mild. You have weapons like giant swords to battle monsters and demons. But when you battle foes, the strike isn't bloody. Instead, your hit results in various colors and smoke. You do hear screams in cut scenes when the monsters descend on the populace from the sky, and you see one image of a girl impaled by a ray of light.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Large-breasted women show cleavage in low cut blouses. This is depicted in in 2-D in anime style. The breasts don't jiggle. You'll witness some flirting between the main characters.
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In text, you'll read the words "ass," "damn," "bastard," and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hexyz Force is a fairly complex role-playing game that will require some learning if you haven't played this kind of game before. Any sex, language, and violence you'll find here is tamer than that most prime time TV shows. The story contains a theme about believing in (an imaginary) religion.
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What’s It About?
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Do you envision the world as good and evil, as both dark and light? In the Japanese RPG HEXYZ FORCE, that plays like two games in one, you'll see the world from both sides. You can play as Cecilia, the bored maiden cleric, and then as the dark knight Levant. In Lustrous Berge, the sky becomes a frightening purplish black. Out pop all manner of winged monsters and Cecilia must defeat the God of Destruction to restore peace and order in the Berge. In Dark Berge where Levant lives, there has been brutal war and unimaginable chaos for thousands of years. Levant must team up with his enemies to restore order to the Dark Berge.
Is It Any Good?
There’s a lot of game in Hexyz Force. You can play through Cecilia’s complete tale and then go back and play an entire new plotline with Levant’s tale. Beyond the double story aspect, another big plus comes in a gameplay twist that allows your enemies to block your powerful Hexyz Charge and turn it on you. It’s a game full of fun micro-management, including the ability to make your own equipment and weapons. Graphically, Hexyz Force has an anime/manga comic book feel, which will appeal to fans of that genre. The turn-based gameplay features some powerful swords and magic, but the damage they do doesn’t result in blood -- it's just fireworks and puffs of smoke. While the game doesn’t break new ground, playing is an engrossing and sometimes fascinating experience that’s worth the price of admission.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
In this game, you'll play as both a male and female characters? Which do you enjoy playing more? Are you able to enjoy a game when you're forced to play as the opposite gender?
Parents can ask children if they notice how the characters become more mature as the game progresses? What do you think spurs this? Can you point to specific examples in the plot?
What do you think of the anime/manga style of the game? Do you like it or do you wish the graphics were more realistic?
- Platform: PSP
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Atlus
- Release date: May 25, 2010
- Genre: Role-Playing
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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