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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a downloadable [email protected] hack-and-slash game. It's based on the popular Rooster Teeth web series, and up to four players can team up to fight waves of mutant creatures with melee and ranged weapons. Violence is pretty constant throughout, but the game's style keeps it from being overly graphic. It also has strong female characters as the heroes of the story with a focus on working together as a team. The game isn't easy and definitely requires some extra practice and patience to pick up the skills needed to be effective at combat.
RWBY: GE earns a 3 out of 10, but not because of what's said here
Hope this longwinded review helps make a much more informed decision that isn't clouded by childish remarks, untrue opinions, hearsay, or completely false accusations from some angry, extremely hostile and controlling soccer mom.
For a very SHORT summary: RWBY:GE is a game that'd be fun for a kid. RWBY the show, gives a good message, with great role models of all genders and sizes, packaged in a wrapping that's quite entertaining and best of all, the show is completely free to watch online. If you're a teen or adult looking to see if the game is worth buying for yourself, no. If you buy it, I'd recommend for a kid who'd enjoy it through all it's faults.
If you're interested in why, here:
RWBY: GE is a bad game. NOT because of it's message or any of it's content. Most kids would love it. The reason it's a 3 out of 10 is because it's purely a poorly made game. It can be very uninteresting and even boring, the gameplay isn't very engaging, and it's overall a rather lackluster game. The official review of this site is extremely skewed, as it can't differentiate the game from the show. The show is incredible, although it does lack good animation as the series progresses.
Anyway, There are no "revealing" or "sex-related" or other such forms of clothing involved. I also saw a previous review from some "adult" attacking the franchise because they don't like the message or content of it. The message of RWBY is simple. "Help others." This can come in a variety of ways, from what's seen in the show, and (what's the only thing you can do in the game) defeat monsters that prey on people (not shown). There's a plethora of other ideals mixed into the show, for example, not supporting your parents and family when all they've done is abuse you and care nothing for you. What, you want your kids getting abused or taken advantage of in school or in life, thinking it's OKAY for that to happen to them? There's also (apparently) a controversial scene (in the show only, it's a costume in the game) of a male character wearing a dress, but in no way is this a BAD thing. The character wore a dress because he made a promise to a friend. It's an important example of making someone you care about happy, even if you get slightly embarrassed for it (Which, by the way, the character wasn't made fun of for).
While I'm on the subject of the show.. I see a lot of rather childish things thrown about here. Just because 6 of the 8 "Main characters" are female, the games only good role models are the girls? ALL the characters can be considered good role models, guys included. Really, there was NO need to make this a feminist thing. In fact, the show makes no extra efforts to make any one gender better than the other. All are treated completely equally.
As for too much violence, which seems to be another issue I saw in some childish review.. So what? Violence is in almost EVERYTHING. Tom and Jerry cartoons are based entirely on violence. EVERY Disney movie or show has violence in it, your own favorite shows will almost always have violence in them (even crummy old Days of Our Lives). Violence used to intentionally hurt others because of a bad reason is bad. And that is shown sometimes in the show (not the game, really). There are bad people. But most of the violence in the show is against monsters that literally eat people (Which is never shown, but you can connect the dots right? You're all functional adults, right? 'Cept that last adult review..) There are instances where the good characters (role models, as people want to call them here) do fight the bad characters. But that's a good thing. Why, is stopping some thief or murderer with violence a bad thing? What, do you want your kids to just roll on the floor and get beat half to death or worse when they get older? Get over yourself, please. I should also mention, the violence from the good characters against the bad is never used to kill the bad characters, only stop. There's also no blood or gore in the show or game, except some red color. Sometimes someone gets a cut. Nothing massive, just a simple cut, like a slightly larger than a paper cut size. That's for people. Monsters on the other hand, can turn into pieces, but never in a graphical way (like blood spewing or guts dripping out, none of that happens, it's very cartoony and nonviolently/graphically portrayed).
There's also some childish consumerism tags added. The game is based on a show, so what? The Harry Potter movies are based on a book. Everything we have is based on something. You get the option to buy some extra things for the game, like new costumes for the characters to wear, and it's a one-time purchase, and very, very cheap at that. You don't HAVE to buy it to enjoy the game. And the show? You can watch it online for free, as many times as you want. What, are you wanting the game and everything in the world for free? People spent years of their lives making this game, that show, and everything else we buy. If you spent part of your life making something, you'd wanna get paid for it. Stop whining about it. Furthermore, there's no advertising in the game or the show, trying to get you to buy anything related to it. Ever. In fact, normally, the only way anyone finds out there's a RWBY game or merchandise is by looking for it themselves. Consumerism? Really? If you think RWBY has anything related to that, you are sorely mistaken, and clearly know nothing about the game or franchise. I should also point out the show actually has a message about consumerism hidden in it. The show's message in that regard is "Family and people are more important than a business." For shame, CSM. For shame. Do your research.
If I could rate CSM, it gets a solid 1/5, if that. I see no mention of the actual quality of the product being reviewed, and the opinions I instead see aren't based on facts but by some biased personal opinion. So, I'll take it upon myself to give anyone reading a much more informed score, based on facts.
Role Models: 4
Ease of Play: 3
As for an ACTUAL review of the product (The game), here you go:
Scale of 1-10.
Feel: 2 (How satisfying it feels to play)
Replayability: 3 (Is it worth playing through again once beaten, very important for a short game such as this)
Lasting: 1 (Is the game good enough to still be considered a decent or good game as years go by)
Story: 3 (There isn't really much story in the GAME. The Game's story is something a young kid would probably write, which makes it perfect for a child, especially any that're fans of the show)
Uniqueness: 3 (Does it do anything unique in the games genre or mechanics? Not really, no. It's an extremely generic game for it's genre.)
Engagement/Immersion: 1 (Is it good enough to hold the players attention/ Is it good enough to make the player feel like they're in the game while they play it. No. For a child, maybe. I'm sure young kids who don't know any better would find the game to be very fun and engaging.)
Playability: 3 (Is the game broken? For example, are there parts that were just made so poorly, you can literally fall through solid ground into the void, or is there some issue that freezes or otherwise messes up the game? Yes, it's a poorly made game. A young child likely wouldn't notice or care about this, but to anyone else, it would be quite noticable.)
Total points: 30/100
Earned a 3.0.
RWBY: GRIMM ECLIPSE is an [email protected] game based on the popular Rooster Teeth animated series of the same name with a story set between Season 2 and Season 3. Team RWBY (pronounced "Ruby") is called in to investigate problems with the security network in the Emerald Forest. After fighting off some of the Grimms (creatures bent on destruction) in the area, the team finds out that their network has been reprogrammed by someone who seems to also be running experiments on the Grimms. The girls are then cut off and forced to fight their way through the mutated creatures, uncover the source of the experiments, and find a way to stop the evil plans once and for all.
Is It Any Good?
This co-op adventure manages to capture the spirit of the show while also being loads of fun to play with friends, even if it's a little short. So what's the best way to deal with crazed creatures bent on your destruction? As the Beatles once suggested, you get by with a little help from your friends. RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a great co-op game for teaming up with friends and taking on the bad guys. Despite the game's sometimes frustrating difficulty, there's just something fun about running around with your buddies, pulling off cool teamwork moves, and covering each other's backs that puts RWBY a step above your basic hack-and-slash game. It could use some better tutorials to help newcomers figure out things like counters, charge attacks, and combo moves, but just like the show on which the game is based, it's not long before you start to learn your strengths and what you can contribute to the fight.
Whether you're playing with friends or trying to tackle the Grimm solo, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse is a treat. The game's style mimics the look and feel of the series perfectly. In a lot of ways, it feels like you're playing an episode of the show, which makes sense when you realize that the writers contributed to the story and it's meant to fit within the overall RWBYuniverse. There are a few moments that feel sort of like dead space between events and battles, but those are fairly sparse. It's also not the meatiest game, as you can probably power your way through it from start to finish in only a few hours. Still, when you get a good group together, you can't help but keep coming back for more.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about friendship. Have you ever helped a friend when they really needed help? What happened?
Discuss teamwork. Do you enjoy teaming up with friends to accomplish a task? Or do you prefer to work alone?