A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fighting demons and evil is overshadowed by loads of violence and sexual imagery.
Positive Role Models
Little is known about the main characters (students fighting through an underground school labyrinth), but they're skilled at what they do.
Ease of Play
Easy controls, easy to learn. Full introductory walkthrough tutorial.
Violence & Scariness
Turn-based combat against fantastical creatures including evil spirits, monsters, demons, and larger boss enemies. Players use guns, blades, and crossbows and summon creatures with magic. A few scenes show blood-smeared walls or floors.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent partial nudity: monsters with exposed breasts and phallic-looking enemies. All female fighters wear short skirts. Players can summon sexual personas such as Succubus and Incubus ("They visit sleeping men/women and have sexual intercourse with them," according to the game's dialogue and in-game glossary).
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Frequent profanity, including the words "s--t" and "d--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a role-playing game that pits students against demons and monsters threatening their school. The game is extremely easy to control and learn, thanks to the use of the 3DS stylus and a full tutorial that walks players through the basics of playing the game. But although it features anime cartoon-like graphics, this mature title features plenty of combat using a variety of weapons in blood-streaked environments. It also features frequent partial nudity (breasts on some female creatures), sexual references, and profanity.
Is It Any Good?
If you're into the Japanese-style turn-based battling found in Pokemon-style games, the Final Fantasy series, and many others, this game is perfect for you. It's a bit slower-paced than other action and platformer games (with plenty of dialogue), but because the audience is older, the pacing should be fine for most. In fact, the gameplay is very rewarding thanks to the multiple (and memorable) characters you'll meet and the many interesting enemies and set pieces you'll fight through.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is also packed with other goodies, including collectibles, treasures, and unlockables. The accessibility will lure you in, but the breadth and depth will keep you playing for a long time. Along with the attractive visuals, the game's soundtrack (including some classic Persona tunes) will keep you engaged. Older Nintendo 3DS gamers looking for something meaty to take on won't be disappointed with this A-grade dungeon-crawling epic.
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