Samurai Warriors Chronicles
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Samurai Warriors Chronicles is a hack-and-slash adventure game. The main objective is to run around battlefields and take out as many enemies as possible. Players are scored based on how many opposing soldiers they kill. However, it's a very impersonal experience and there are never any close-up or slow-motion effects. It's an adventure based on the historical era of Feudal Japan, in which the entire country was at war. The majority of play consists of violent acts, but with the historical context and mitigating visual presentation it doesn't come off as egregious. Parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing "may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls.
What's it about?
SAMURAI WARRIORS CHRONICLES takes place in Japan, hundreds of years ago when the country was faced with endless conflict and war. This sets the backdrop for the game's tone, setting, and violence, but there isn't much historical accuracy. Players may occasionally run into real-life people from Japanese history, but for the most part it's pure fiction. It does, however, provide a reason for all the hacking and slashing that goes on, and helps to make it feel like honorable, purposeful combat as opposed to senseless violence.
Is it any good?
Samurai Warriors Chronicles is the latest in the very long-running Samurai Warriors series. Unfortunately, as the first entry on 3DS, it doesn't satisfy. The graphics are low quality, and the 3D effects are not nearly as eye-popping as some of the other 3DS launch titles. It feels as though the developer may have taken content from DS versions of the series and transferred it over to the 3DS rather than creating something from the ground up. There's a lot to explore and the franchise's challenging gameplay is intact. Unfortunately, it falls short in its presentation.
Online interaction: While players cannot chat with anyone else online, they can enter the 3DS's StreetPass Mode to form a team of characters that are automatically imported from other players' game cards.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the historical significance of this game. Do you know what was going on in Japan during this era? Can you think of examples of wars with and without just causes? What are some of the outcomes of war?
Families can also discuss violence in games. How do you determine if a game is too violent for you or members of your family? Do you worry about the effects of viewing violent media?