A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
The Kingdom Hearts series of fantasy role-playing games are all set in a mysterious world where Disney characters meet Final Fantasy characters. In KINGDOM HEARTS: 358/2 DAYS, the latest installment, the character of Roxas has forgotten much of his life. At the beginning, he can’t even speak. The player travels through Disney-ish lands, completing missions, collecting magical objects, and defeating enemies so as to find out what happened to Roxas' memory.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
What do you think of the story in which the main character loses his memories? Do you think that could happen in real life? Why or why not?
Do you think there should be more Disney characters in the game? Why or why not?
This is a long game, so families might want to discuss time management. How do you balance playing video games with the rest of your life?
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