A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a 3D arena fighting game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Nintendo Switch. Players take control of young anime girls fighting against each other in enclosed arenas, using a variety of melee attacks and magical powers. Violence is constant but is cartoonish in nature, with lots of flashy effects but no blood. Although there are no language concerns, some dialogue does contain sexual innuendo, and some of the artwork presents the characters in a suggestive way.
What's it about?
TOUHOU KOBUTO V: BURST BATTLE takes some of the magical women from the cult hit Touhou series and pits them against one another in spell-casting, blade-slinging, and hand-to-hand melee combat. You'll need quick reflexes and sound strategy to defeat your opponents in this 3D arena fighter. Take on friends in one-on-one fights, test your endurance in Arcade mode, and uncover the secrets behind the battles as you watch characters' stories unfold in Scenario mode.
Is it any good?
Games like this arena fighter simply leave you scratching your head wondering how it even saw the light of day, it's so bad. Some games dazzle with flashy visuals and an epic musical score. Some might have high-octane, adrenaline-fueled action, while others captivate with deep stories and fascinating characters. This isn't one of those titles. The game is supposed to be an action-packed fighter filled with the "bullet hell" shooting and dodging the Touhou series has been known for. Instead, what players get is a slow, sluggish mess that looks like it was scraped from the dusty remains of a decade-old clearance bin.
Things start to fall apart right from the opening moments. The game's anime-style still shots look nothing at all like their in-game counterparts. During gameplay, the characters look more like toy dolls or little kids. Moving around the arena feels like you're swimming through a pool of molasses, and the combat controls are a convoluted mess. Attacks change depending on where you are in relation to your opponent, but it's hard to gauge just where those attacks evolve. You might think you're going to shoot a laser, but wind up swinging a punch at nothing instead. It's all the more frustrating when your attack gauges run out and leave you defenseless. It might not be fair to call the game completely unplayable, but there's nothing here that makes Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle worth playing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. What are some of the factors that can influence younger players? Can having younger characters fighting end up encouraging similar behavior in kids?
Talk about VR gaming. What are some ways that virtual reality tends to be added to standard gaming? Does it improve the overall experience? What are some improvements that could be made?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: NIS America
- Release date: October 10, 2017
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
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