A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The message here is to keep trying in life and to keep fighting for yourself. In that way, you'll get some important answer's to life's meaning.
Positive Role Models
The main character looks up to many of his pals in the game. They are comforting, slightly humorous, and generally lead him on the right paths to answers and understanding about himself. He does, however, use his sword to slay creatures.
Ease of Play
Role playing games usually have a deeper learning curve. While this isn't simple, it's made somewhat easier due to its family-oriented play and good tutorials.
Violence & Scariness
Violence here is presented without blood or gore but melee attacks are possible. The player uses a sword to slay creatures. Magic attacks are also possible. You will hear the occasional moan of pain, and in one cutscene a dying character slowly transforms and then disappears.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is part of a series of games in which Disney characters adventure along side characters from the Final Fantasy series of video games. You character will wield a sword and has magical abilities so expect some violence in the game, but there is no blood or gore. This is a good game for families to explore together since the game can accommodate up to four players if each has his or her own DS. With its many hours of game play, the game can be a time sink. But on the plus side, the game requires a lot of reading of dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
The Kingdom Hearts series is one of the strangest mashup in video games, but it works. After lush pop music and a graphically decent opening movie that introduces many characters, an easy-to-understand tutorial follows. Since the game was made for family play, you can easily equip your characters with magic and powers by putting them into a special slot. Adding to the family friendly features is the ability to move through the game with four pals in multiplayer mode. However, there's some repetition of locations and areas to explore. Yet with many hours of gameplay (which includes a mission called Boredom, in which you get the ‘day’ off), bizarre characters, and moody locales, 358/Two Days justifies its slightly pricier cost of entry. It's a fun role-playing story, and one that the fans of this series will greatly savor.
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