Strikers Edge

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Simple brawler has poor controls, few online opponents.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some mention of heroes saving villagers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Heroes described in terms of combat skills, not morality.

Ease of Play

Simple controls. Skill comes in aiming your shots.

Violence

Constant combat with swords, knives, other weapons; blood shown is cartoonish.

Sex

One busty hero character.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Strikers Edge is a downloadable medieval-themed fighting game with single-player and local/online versus modes. Combat's the focus; players fight with spears, daggers, and other bladed weapons against opponents. Characters bleed and die when hit, but pixel-style art keeps things cartoony. Apart from one busty character, there's no other inappropriate content. The game features built-in Twitch functionality, so players can stream games online (but players must have a Twitch account).

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What's it about?

STRIKERS EDGE doesn't have a story to speak of; instead, it presents a general excuse for fighters from all walks of legendary life to come together and duke it out. With eight characters to choose from, there are a number of options to select and specialize based on your play style. Gamers can play against the AI in the game's Campaign mode, against a friend in local versus mode, or against strangers in online 1v1 or 2v2 versus mode. Multiplayer features four arenas with different obstacles and hazards. Streamers can also take advantage of integrated Twitch functionality.

Is it any good?

This is one arcade brawler that's not quite ready for prime time, with iffy keyboard controls, a thin campaign, and few online opponents to compete against. The biggest problem are the PC controls. At best, they work poorly; at worst, not at all. Key assignments don't function, and the game clearly wants you to hook up a controller, since its interface still shows the controls labeled for controller use. If you do hook up a controller, things get better: A brief tutorial teaches you how to move your hero, attack, and use special moves. Post-tutorial, story lovers are likely to try the campaign and be disappointed by its length and lack of story. Of course, the multiplayer versus mode could make up for that, as long you play against a friend locally. Online's another story since right now (at least on PC), there aren't enough people playing to make multiplayer work. Worse still, when you're queued, the game locks you out of all other modes. So while you can chalk the slim campaign up to a missed opportunity, and local multiplayer (with a controller) can be fun, broken keyboard controls and empty online multiplayer means Strikers Edge is one action game that's a ways from hitting its mark.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about appropriate behavior when streaming. What kinds of language and subject matter should you avoid in multiplayer-focused games like Strikers Edge?

  • Discuss playing multiplayer action games on PC versus console. Is it more fun to play with a friend on your couch or online?

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