Parents' Guide to

Shiren The Wanderer

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

An engrossing RPG that's not quite different enough.

Game Nintendo Wii 2010
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In general, Shiren The Wanderer is a creditable game with lurid graphics and anime-style characters. Even its non-playable characters are rife with personality and have interesting things to tell you, not just about the game, but about the philosophy of life. However, you'll encounter language like 'bastard' and, as is often the case in RPGs, drinking and drunkenness. You can play the game with both the Wii remote and the old-fashioned controller attachments. And if you haven't played RPGs before, you'll do a lot of reading of text, healing yourself, and arming yourself with various weapons like swords and shields as you progress through the castle. As you make your a way, you can assemble a party of up to three characters, all of which you can control during battle.

While there's a delight in seeing this Japanese series brought to these shores, those who have a history of playing RPGs will see that there's not enough that's new and different here to warrant endless excitement. Still, when you meet the ghosts and characters like the cheeky Asuka, the girl warrior/wanderer, you'll definitely be compelled to continue.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Atlus
  • Release date: February 9, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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