Tournament of Legends

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Frantic mythological fighting game with moderate violence.

Parents say

age 10+
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Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This is a fighting game, in which all the combatants are competing to see who can take over the role of the god of death.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The fighters here all thoroughly enjoy the damage they cause. They're battling for the privilege of becoming the new god of death. They also mock their opponents mercilessly.

Ease of Play

The game has multiple difficulty levels, and each is just as challenging (or easy) as it's supposed to be. The control scheme is simple and works well.

Violence

This is a fighting game in which various legends from world mythologies bash each other with swords, hammers, axes, and spears. They also blast one another with magic spells that cause fire, electrical, or ice damage. When a fighter is hit, there is sometimes a splash of red -- though it is honestly difficult to determine if this is meant to be blood or just "red energy," since there are splashes of other colors as well. There are no "fatalities" or crazy gory attacks. Fighters can also be damaged by monsters or obstacles in the arenas, such as the tentacles of a giant squid or the stomping foot of a giant.

Sex

Some of the female characters wear revealing outfits. One skeleton warrior has a special move called the "money shot," a term which he shouts when he uses the corresponding magic spell.

Language

The term "money shot," though typically used in reference to an extravagant scene in an action film, also has sexual connotations within certain contexts.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite the inclusion of various world mythological figures, Tournament of Legends is a modern-style fighting game in which those classical characters use contemporary speech. It is violent, though not excessively bloody. It features scantily clad women warriors. And it sometimes has a juvenile sense of humor.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCrimsonFear July 6, 2010

Appropriate, but bad.

Yeah, there's fighting in this game, but it's like the stuff in Power Rangers. So yes, it is appropriate. On the other hand, it's just a bad game... Continue reading

What's it about?

In TOURNAMENT OF LEGENDS, characters from various world mythologies (a minotaur, a valkyrie, Medusa, Jupiter, etc.) duke it out in multiple classical settings to see which of them will usurp the throne of Thanatos, the god of death. None of them have noble motives in this quest. During the fights, combatants will use weapons and spells against one another (you can choose which weapons and spells) as well as dodge environmental hazards such as charging centaurs and snapping dragons.

Is it any good?

As fighting games go, Tournament of Legends is a pleasant surprise. It has several unique elements that make it feel very different from other games in the genre. You can assign various spells and weapons to your fighter, for instance. And in between "acts" -- as they call the rounds of fighting -- you can play a mini-game to repair damaged armor and regain some lost health. A few more characters might have been nice -- but the dozen you do get are nicely varied. And the jokes are just plain cheesy. But still, Tournament of Legends is a good, solid fighting game for appropriately aged players.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the real myths and legends from which these characters derive. Are you familiar with all of them? Does the game make you interested in learning the stories of any of the characters?

  • Families can also discuss the violence in the game. Why are fighting games enjoyable? Are there different levels of violence -- some that are acceptable in a game, and some that aren't?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $29.95
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: July 6, 2010
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

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