Parents' Guide to

The Last Blade 2

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Strategy-heavy fighter with mild violence for fans only.

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This remade fighting game is unquestionably deep, but unfortunately, by modern standards, it's somewhat clunky. There have been some concessions to update the game, which are interestingly both self-conscious and bold. Nothing's been done to tweak, change, or even nudge what made The Last Blade 2 popular: As the name suggests, this game hinges on tense, momentary crossing of blades. There are special moves, but those are less important in affecting a match. It's all about gauging when two characters are near each other and who will be able to counter or strike first before the other can even react based on character-specific techniques. That's all here intact but with a new veneer of clumsiness you'll need to adjust to. There are also six new characters -- two of which are hidden and must be earned. But, as far as revival titles go, there's little in the way of more meaning. You can unlock concept art, but there's no accompanying text, and it's unclear if it's new art or old. The new menus also feel hastily applied. But, the core of the game is still here, and it's still just as deep, so it's hard to quibble over those smaller details. It's not for everyone and will definitely appeal to players who are into technical battles, but The Last Blade 2 packs a steady punch for fighting fans.

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