Tree of Savior

Game review by
Franklin Rinaldi, Common Sense Media
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Anime-inspired online game deep, has obscure skill system.

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

Positive Messages

Players get rewarded for helping others along the way, but violence needed to defeat wide variety of creatures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many characters give instruction, provide encouraging dialogue, teach you to grow, develop.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, tutorials to help players, but difficulty in learning how to advance your character with large options from class skill tree. 

Violence

Mild violence; players need to repeatedly kill creatures, but there's no blood, gore. Creatures only fall over, disappear when killed. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Game is free to play, but many incentives to spend money on start packages, cosmetic outfits, other enhancements.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tree of Savior is a downloadable free-to-play massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) set in a fantasy world involving magic and multiple missing goddesses. The world is huge and the character development is very deep, which can frustrate some players, because while there are lots of tutorials, it can be hard to determine the best way to improve your characters. While it's free to play, there are incentives to purchase start packs and other items in the store such as cosmetics and item boosts. There's a focus on combat and eliminating monsters, but there's no blood or gore shown, and enemies disappear when defeated. Parents should also be aware that while the game doesn't have objectionable language, the unmoderated nature of play means that gamers could be exposed to objectionable comments from other players.

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What's it about?

In TREE OF SAVIOR, players embark on a journey to search for goddesses in a world of chaos. The various goddesses of the world have stopped answering the prayers of the people. Even worse, the Divine Tree emerged in the capital and destroyed it, causing trees and flowers to transform into monsters and unleashing chaos as its effects spread. It's up to the players to create a character from one of 80 character classes, fight across the land through numerous monsters, and discover where these mythical beings have gone.

Is it any good?

This deep, expansive multiplayer adventure is highly entertaining, balancing simplicity with complexity that can be mastered by all ages, but the repetition and obscure skill system won't make this for everyone. The anime-style art is very charming with soft colors and shapes that are appealing, which draws you in to look at the details. There are a wide variety of costumes and expressions to help you customize your character, although you should keep in mind that many of those may cost you real money. The character development is what really sets Tree of Savior apart, with its class and rank system: Eighty character classes with seven level ranks provide numerous ways to make a build that's just right for your own play style. Your freedom of choice in how to progress and how to prioritize your stats and abilities without a fixed path is what makes the game both fun and challenging. But It's not without its flaws, because that freedom comes at the expense of frustration in fully understanding the leveling mechanics, along with a fairly difficult system of resetting points for experimenting. There's also a lot of repetitive killing (grinding) to accomplish many actions, gaining additional experience, and completing numerous objectives. With low drop rates for items, this can become tiresome, but for those who like the grind, it's still a fun challenge.

Combat in Tree of Savior is fun, and the diversity in the unique boss monsters keeps it refreshing and challenging. Most of the game can be played alone, but it has a nice system for grouping and working together. Players should be warned that the chat system and the proliferation of bots in game can get annoying, even though there are add-ons that can help hide that. But despite the bots, the in-game support from other players is generally friendly and helpful. Overall, Tree of Savior is a game worth taking a look at for multiplayer game fans. It won't be for everyone, but it's an experience that can be enjoyed by all.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about privacy and Internet safety. Why is it important to make sure you're having safe and appropriate conversations when chatting in an online game? What could be the danger in sharing too much information?

  • Discuss the dangers of getting pulled into microtransactions. Why do you think companies try to get players hooked on paying real cash for items that can be earned over a prolonged period of time?

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