Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Complete sequel to Nintendo's hit ghost-catching game.

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Positive Messages

One main focus is friendship. Players recruit various Yo-Kai by finding ways to befriend them, after which they offer up a medallion to signify their bond. Another key focus is helping others. Players regularly run across people dealing with problems; it's up to player to find ways to help out.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Player character is a kind person who always wants to help out where possible, usually for no other reason than it's the right thing to do. When confronting mischievous Yo-Kai, player usually tries to negotiate with spirits to defuse conflict, with battles coming in as a last resort (despite being a frequent occurrence in the game).  

Ease of Play

Most mechanics are easy to learn. In fact, bulk of combat is automated, with players jumping in to give Yo-Kai items, cure them of inflictions, set up Soultimate moves. Some more complex parts, include puzzle solving, party management.

Violence

Yo-Kai fighting each other is a regular part of game, but violence is cartoonish in nature. There's no blood, gore; defeated enemies either disappear or simply walk away.

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Consumerism

Brings together content from earlier releases, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, along with brand-new content not available in previous games. Also a continuation of overall Yo-Kai brand, which includes cartoons, toys, books, and more.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is a role-playing game (RPG) for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a direct sequel to the original Yo-Kai Watch game. It's also an updated version of both Yo-Kai-Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, combining content from both games into one and adding new, expanded content. Players help other people deal with a variety of mishaps, caused by unique spirits intentionally or unintentionally causing mischief. Players end up making friends with the wayward spirits, who help them out when dealing with other situations. While there's plenty of fighting in the game, it's all done in a humorous and cartoonish manner, without blood or gore.

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What's it about?

YO-KAI WATCH 2: PSYCHIC SPECTERS is the latest sequel to the original Yo-Kai Watch game on the 3DS and is a combined version of Yo-Kai-Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. It features content from both prior entries, as well as brand-new content for new and returning ghost catchers. In the world of Yo-Kai Watch, sneaky spirits get their kicks by possessing, or "inspiriting," people and objects in the real world, causing mischief where they can. Thanks to your mystic Yo-Kai Watch, you're not only able to see these ghostly troublemakers, but able to interact with them as well, earning their trust and friendship. In Yo-Kai Watch 2, a dark force sets its plans in motion, threatening both the real world and the spirit world. To stop this new threat, players and their spectral sidekicks will travel not just between worlds, but between times, as well. By traveling back in time to learn the origins of the Yo-Kai Watch, players might just discover the secrets they'll need to defeat the looming evil and save the Yo-Kai and human worlds. 

Is it any good?

They say the third time's the charm, and that's never been more true than it is with this sequel to Nintendo's ghost catching 3DS hit. When originally released, Yo-Kai Watch 2 was split into two titles, Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Now comes Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, which combines the content of the previous two releases while adding a host of new Yo-Kai to befriend, exclusive quests, and even brand-new locations to explore. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is the definitive release of the Yo-Kai sequel, giving newcomers the perfect chance to dive into the series, while offering plenty of extra fun for returning fans.

If you've already picked up Bony Spirits or Fleshy Souls, Psychic Specters allows you to easily transfer your saved data over to it, keeping you from having to start the adventure from scratch. The multiplayer Blasters mode has been revamped too, with new maps and bosses to take on with friends. The spirit world resort location gives players a substantial chunk of post-game content to play around with too, so that even players who have beaten the campaign still have plenty to do. And for those new to the whole Yo-Kai series, the story in Yo-Kai Watch 2 serves as a sort of soft reset, recapping key moments from the first game but not requiring you to know what's come before. In all, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters serves as the signature sequel to a spooky and fun franchise, and a great jumping-on point for rookie phantom chasers, as well.

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