Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Complex adventure weighed down by menus and options.

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Positive Messages

Players form squads of unique characters to save the world. Loosely encourages themes of teamwork, diversity, as well as helping out those in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

NPCs have wide range of personalities, traits. Players recruit, create their own squad members with unique skills, traits, including base alignments of "Good", "Neutral", "Evil".

Ease of Play

Lots of complex menu navigation involved, even minor actions can require working through multiple menu screens, though some time can be saved with "Repeat" feature in combat. There's also quite a bit of micromanagement.

Violence

Lots of combat, with characters using weapons, spells to fight against variety of strange creatures. But combat doesn't show violence directly. Instead, damage appears as flashes of light, grunts, screams, with defeated enemies disappearing. That said, there's still bloody corpses, characters in blood soaked clothes, trails of blood shown.

Sex

While no direct nudity, many characters, enemies, particularly females, are presented in revealing clothing, provocative poses.

Language

Occasional use of mild profanity in dialogue.

Consumerism

Sequel to Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, continuing story, building on a franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is a role-playing game (RPG) for the PlayStation Vita and Windows. The game is a sequel to Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, continuing the storyline and universe of that game. Players recruit and create diverse characters with unique skills and abilities, putting together squads that can work well together as a team in order to defeat an apocalyptic threat. Gameplay includes lots of menu navigation, equipment management, and strategy. Although the game's combat isn't particularly gory, there's still a fair amount of blood and violent content. There's also mild profanity used, and female characters are shown in revealing clothes and provocative poses.

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What's it about?

In OPERATION BABEL: NEW TOKYO LEGACY, the battle against strange creatures known as Variants continues. Operating from a base hidden within the Hinowa Academy, a group of uniquely gifted students known as the Xth Squad, fight against these evil forces. Linking with "Blood Codes" created from the genomes of historic figures, the Xth Squad are able to unleash the power of the "Code-Rise", granting them a host of superhuman abilities with which to stand up to the Variant threat. After seemingly defeating the Variants for good, an object of immense power, dubbed "the Embryo", suddenly appears in the skies and with it a resurgence of Variant encounters. As the latest recruit to the Xth Squad, it's up to you and your teammates to uncover the secrets within the Embryo and to save humanity once again.

Is it any good?

Role-playing games, by their nature, tend to be a little more complex than other genres, but this game really gets bogged down by its menus. See, players want a great deal of control over their characters' styles, personalities, equipment, abilities, action, and development. The problem is, the more control players have, the more complicated a game usually gets. Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is a perfect example of the struggle to find balance. It gives players a huge amount of control over the creation and development of their characters, but by doing so, it buries itself under a mountain of menus, statistics, options. You spend more time in the game's various menus than you ever do actually moving the story forward. For people with an intense love of micromanagement, this may not be a bad thing. But for the majority of gamers, it can be pretty overwhelming.

Another problem facing Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is its status as a sequel. For newcomers to the series, it's a bit jarring to jump right in. While the game does try to explain some of what's going on in the world, you can't help but feel like you've just walked into the middle of something. It takes a while before new players can figure out what Blood Codes mean, what Variants are that you're fighting against, and just who the heroes and villains are supposed to be. Even when you do get the basics down, you're still left scratching your head at what it all means. It's an interesting universe that you're thrown into, but that doesn't mean you ever understand most of it. And since you're just sort of tossed right into the action, you never really get the time to take it all in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Does it make a difference when players are exposed to blood and gore as a direct result of their actions in a game versus watching it as an inevitable effect of the plot, outside of their control? 

  • Talk about teamwork. How can people with different backgrounds and skills work together to accomplish common goals? What are the benefits to working with a more diverse group?

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