The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Anime fighter whose biggest sin is repetitive combat.

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Positive Messages

Main motivation is to protect others, help those in need, especially those that are oppressed, otherwise threatened. Also strong themes of working together as a team while using your individual strengths as part of a greater purpose.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The "Sins" are actually heroic, noble former knights, with strong bonds of loyalty, duty, friendship. Some characters exhibit some less than desirable traits, though those are usually presented in more of a teasing or tongue-in-cheek manner.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn, computer opponents can be difficult later in game, but never feel insurmountable.

Violence

Frequent combat, with players using combination of hand-to-hand combat, medieval-style weapons, magical attacks against swarms of enemy troops, creatures, other threats. Even so, anime style gives way to more flashy effects rather than to blood, realism.

Sex

Some female characters shown in revealing, suggestive clothing, with some male characters occasionally reacting in an equally suggestive manner.

Language

Some occasional lewd comments, mild profanity like "ass," "bastard" in dialogue.

Consumerism

Based on anime, manga series, which gained popularity through partnership with Netflix. Franchise not only includes books, games, animated series, but also various collectibles, including toys, costumes, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Main hub in game is Boar Hat tavern, which regularly features characters drinking, discussing various alcoholic drinks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia is an action/role-playing game available for the PlayStation 4. Players follow the main story of the anime series, taking on the roles of the heroes while fighting off waves of enemies in fast-paced combat. While fighting is a key component in the gameplay, damage is represented in flashy effects rather than blood or gore. There's no explicit sexual content, though some of the female characters do appear in revealing clothing. Parents should also note that some of the dialogue contains mild profanity (such as "ass" and "bastard"), as well as references to drinking and getting drunk.

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What's it about?

In THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS: KNIGHTS OF BRITTANIA, dark days have fallen on the land. When the king of Liones mysteriously falls ill and his kingdom is taken over by his trusted Holy Knights, the princess Elizabeth goes on the run to seek out the help of a once legendary band of heroes: the fugitive knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins. Based on the popular anime/manga series, the game follows the adventures of Elizabeth and the leader of the Sins, Meliodas, as they seek out the other members of the team while defending the people from the reign of the Holy Knights. As the story unfolds, players will step into the roles of the different Sin members, using their unique skills and powers to fight back against the enemy forces, and uncovering the true source of the corruption that's plaguing the land.

Is it any good?

For fans of the anime, the action in this game may be fun, but for fans of fast-paced combat, the gameplay can become stale with its repetitive fighting. The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia skirts extremely close to that line, giving those familiar with the series a chance to faithfully relive their favorite parts of the series first-hand, but its repetitive gameplay stands in stark contrast to the depth of the story. That might be enough to keep hold of fans' interest, but gamers without any vested interest in the series are more likely to wind up bored over time.

Most of the action in Knights of Britannia follows a pretty generic formula. Almost all of the missions involve taking control of one of the Sins and fighting through waves of disposable troops before taking on a more powerful boss character. It's relatively easy to button-mash your way through most stages with light and heavy attacks before breaking away for a breather with some ranged magic. While the characters do have individual styles, such as the giant Diane stomping her way through enemies and using her hammer to knock them away like human golf balls, the basic controls don't change too much. There are some interesting tweaks that push it beyond your vanilla beat-'em-up, like a massive upgrade tree for character abilities, and tracking down new quests based on villager gossip at the Boar Hat tavern. Still, it's almost a requirement to be a fan of The Seven Deadly Sins show or books to get the most out of the game. Take away that fan service, and Knights of Britannia isn't much more than another Dynasty Warriors clone with a colorful anime coat of paint.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. Does the animated style of The Seven Deadly Sins reduce the impact of that violence? What are some of the ways that violence is portrayed in media?

  • Talk about friendship and teamwork. What are some of the ways we build bonds of friendship with those we regularly work with? What are some advantages (and disadvantages) to working closely with friends?

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