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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SAMURAI WARRIORS 3 is a hack-and-slash game that sets out a series of objectives and then asks players to fight through hordes of enemy troops to accomplish each task. There is no blood, but combat is clearly the focus of the game; enemies die by the hundreds. Parents should also note that players can play cooperatively in a two-player online mode, although there is no online chat.
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What's it about?
Warlords are battling it out in feudal Japan with the future of the country going to the first army to dispose of its enemies. SAMURAI WARRIORS 3 lets players take control of iconic historical figures and improve their skills to superhuman levels, making it possible to run through massive waves of enemy troops. As in other games in the series, the goal is essentially to try to score as many kills as possible.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately, Samurai Warriors 3 follows the same formula and format as all of KOEI's 'Warriors' games, including both the Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors franchises. The character roster boasts a healthy 35 warriors and a few new skills have been added, but the game bogs down in the series' repetitious play style. A frustratingly uncooperative camera doesn't help matters. It's not visually impressive -- even for a Wii game -- and the sound is only marginally better. And while there are several modes to play, there is very little to differentiate them. If you've played any previous Warriors games you can take a pass on this one without missing much.
Online interaction: Murasame Castle mode allows players to hook up with friends or to find others at the same stage in the story mode to play with in a cooperative setting. This requires a WiFi connection.There is no online chat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about video-game violence and the dangers of trying to replicate it in the real world.
Families can also discuss how video-game developers twist real history to create fantasy playgrounds for games. Do you think anything useful can be learned from such games?
Parents can talk to their teens about responsible enjoyment of online gaming and what to do should they begin showing signs of obsession.
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