A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Goal is to destroy enemy. Some parents might feel this war-themed game doesn't provide a good message for players.
Positive Role Models
You don't get to see your character, but you choose from available generals, then select which kind of soldiers, vehicles to place down on the battlefield. There aren't protagonists you'll get to know, but there are names, personalities given to these virtual generals. You can play against computer-controlled or human players.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but does take some getting used to as there's no tutorial or in-game help.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fighting. You use your army of units to destroy enemy army, including tanks, helicopters, rifle-wielding commanders, flamethrowers, and so on. No blood, gore shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Showing their stomach, large amounts of cleavage, female generals -- like O'Dell, Kardinsky -- are dressed suggestively.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that League of War: VR Arena is a downloadable virtual reality game that plays out like a tabletop war game. As a general, you'll have a bird's-eye view of the battlefield, selecting units to place down on the board and determining where they should go and where they should be aiming at. Your goal is to destroy the enemy army in the process. There's considerably violence in this game, but no blood or gore. While two female generals are dressed suggestively, there's no other offensive content to be found.
Is It Any Good?
This was meant to mimic a tabletop war game in an immersive virtual reality arena, and while fast-paced, fun, and accessible, without online multiplayer, it feels a bit half-baked. There are two modes to its gameplay. There's the main Campaign mode -- where you select unique mercenary commanders, each with a story to tell, and unlock your way through the single-player story against AI armies -- but there's also Arcade mode, which is a local multiplayer option allowing players to have more control over their armies while facing off against a friend through the game's Social Screen interface. To be specific, one player has the PlayStation VR headset and Move controllers, while the other looks at the TV screen and holds the Dual Shock controller. It works, and it's better than not having any multiplayer, but it's not as good as including online multiplayer with voice support. Overall, this sub-$20 indie game is fun but not too deep; however, those who enjoy tabletop gaming -- and perhaps those with fond memories of placing toy tanks onto a battlefield as a child -- will also get something out of League of War: VR Arena.
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