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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.
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What's it about?
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 RWBY universe. 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.
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- Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Rooster Teeth Games
- Release date: January 17, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots
- ESRB rating: T for Violence
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