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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Hero One's Justice is an anime fighting game available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game is based on the popular My Hero Academia manga and anime, and also features the option for future downloadable content (DLC). Players choose fighters and sidekicks from the characters in the franchise and fight in destructible 360-degree arenas. The game also features a Story mode, allowing players to follow the events of the series from the point of view of both the heroes and the villains. Combat is constant, and though most of the violence is more animated and exaggerated in nature, there are still some instances of heavy injury and blood. Parents should also be aware that some of the female characters can have revealing outfits. Finally, there's some swearing, with "s--t" and "a--hole" frequently used.
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What's it about?
The battle between heroes and villains goes "Plus Ultra" in MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE. Based on the popular My Hero Academia manga and anime series, this is a world where superpower "Quirks" are the norm, and the best and brightest train at U.A. High School to become the next generation of superheroes. My Hero One's Justice takes the students and faculty of U.A. High School out of the classroom and into the field as they fight some of the most notorious villains around. Players learn what it means to be a true hero in Story mode with idealistic Izuku Midoriya's journey, then see the other side of the story as events unfold through the eyes of sinister villain Tomura Shigaraki. You can choose your side in Arcade mode as you pick from the series' roster of characters and duke it out in epic superpowered combat in full 360-degree destructible arenas. You can also challenge yourself in Mission mode, testing characters and Quirks against a variety of scenarios and opponents. Finally, take your customized character into battle locally or online. Will you prove your mettle and stand tall as the world's latest "Symbol of Peace"? Or will you watch the world descend into chaos under vengeful wrath? The choice is yours.
Is it any good?
With engaging gameplay, this fun anime brawler manages to answer the eternal kid question of wanting to grow up with some sort of cool superpower. In My Hero One's Justice, kids are trained to become the next generation of superheroes. The gameplay pits heroes and villains against one another in fast-paced and frantic combat that looks like its pulled straight from the anime. Although on the surface, the controls seem a lot more basic than most fighters, once you get the hang of things, like timing and positioning, it quickly becomes clear that this brawler has plenty of "Quirks" all its own. There's just something oddly fun about knocking a foe into the sky or into a wall before continuing the battle on the side of the building. Sure, it can be a little disorienting to keep track of all the action, but it genuinely feels like what a comic book fight would be like.
My Hero One's Justice is packed with content tailor-made for fans of the series. The main story mode provides a solid recap of Izuku Midoriya's quest to become the world's greatest hero, but it's even more interesting to see how those same events played out through the palm-covered eyes of League of Villains leader Tomura Shigaraki. It makes for a unique twist on a familiar tale and shows how perspective can cause someone to rewrite their own story. Speaking of writing your own story, the customization options give fans a chance to tweak their favorite My Hero Academia characters, adding a bit of a personal flair to the experience. And the Mission mode's objective-based gauntlet makes for a solid test of skills and determination. One glaring item that's missing, though, is the lack of additional voice-over options. While purists might not mind too much, it's likely to be a bit jarring for those more familiar with the characters from the English language dubs currently airing on television. Still, the story's easy to follow, and My Hero One's Justice is unquestionably faithful to its source.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in My Hero One's Justice affected by the animated visuals of the gameplay? Would the violence be intensified if it were more realistic?
What is it that defines being a hero? What are some of the traits heroes share? With superheroes, do the powers make the person or does the person make the powers?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Bandai Namco
- Release date: October 26, 2018
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: T for Language, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
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