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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this swordfighting brawler is part of a reknown fighting series. That's because the back story for each of the characters is deep and compelling. While there's much cutting, slashing, hitting, tripping, and moaning in pain, there is never any bloodletting. Female characters have exergerated breasts and are shown in very skimpy clothing. Mild cussing can be heard.
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What's it about?
SOULCALIBUR: BROKEN DESTINY, a fantasy weapons-based fighting game, features a back story for each of about 30 combatants. Each tale, which you read via scrolling text, is part tutorial, part epic one-on-one battle, and part fable. Most deal in some way with the story of the mythic blade of magic called The Soul Edge.
Is it any good?
Basically, Soulcalibur Broken Destiny is SoulCalibur IV with the new addition of the Kratos, the godly character from Sony’s M-rated God of War series. The beauty of the game lies in your ability to quickly brawl or carefully pull off magical fighting moves as a kind of wizardly pugilist (unfortunately, the Critical Finish move is still difficult to pull off). Yet, unless you’re a true fan of the series, seeing these over-the-top battles on the smaller screen is a bit of a letdown. Then again, playing as Kratos will be a real plus for lovers of the God of War franchise.
Online interaction: Online play is seamless, and there's no chat to worry about.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Each of the characters has a mythic story about their lives in which they overcome daunting obstacles. Is there any one character you relate to more than others? Why?
Do you feel more agressive after playing this game? Do you think playing violent video games can affect how you look at the world?
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