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Heroes of Ruin




 Heroes of Ruin    


Heroes of Ruin is the Diablo for the Nintendo 3DS. Square Enix did something Family Friendly Gaming has been asking for - for years. They made it less violent. Heroes of Ruin is also not as dark as the Diablo franchise. We still get to battling countless monsters that look the same (sometimes just a color swap), perform quests and help people.

Heroes of Ruin is very similar to Diablo in so many ways. One way it is different is the whole 3D effects. Heroes of Ruin looks great in 3D. The only problem is getting too excitable with the Nintendo 3DS and getting the screen out of direct line of sight with the eyeballs. This can happen if you are a bit of a hyperactive hamster when playing. The layering in terms of depth in Heroes of Ruin is impressive.

The downside to the graphics of Heroes of Ruin is the constant hacking and slashing. Which fits under the violent column. We are also slicing and dicing many of the same looking creatures. I do feel it is fair to point out that the level of carnage in Heroes of Ruin is way lower than games like Diablo. This a plus for this game.

The music in Heroes of Ruin adds even more depth. The ambiance of the environments are not only displayed in the little things all over the levels, but also in the audio department. Sound effects work in conjunction with the visual special effects in battle sequences. The down side here is there is some bad language in this game. Certain characters in Heroes of Ruin are gruff - to be nice about it.

So you want a Diablo kind of game, but do not want all the macabre content. You also think: "I want to play online." Heroes of Ruin has you covered there. It includes online game play with others. You can also play locally by yourself. Please be aware there has been a bug discovered in Heroes of Ruin in terms of playing online in areas you have not unlocked in local play.

It was such a joy to find some puzzles in Heroes of Ruin. It can get boring hacking and slashing our way through all of these enemies. Sometimes we have to go find something for someone. Or collect so many of a certain item. It was great having to hit certain switches in a specific order to progress for example. Armor and weapons are dropped while fighting enemies. It is very important to upgrade to the best as quickly as possible.

Players earn points as they level up, and can purchase new skills as well. All of these are important if you want to succeed in Heroes of Ruin. Standard role playing rules apply to Heroes of Ruin. Find people who have quests. Go and complete the quests. Grind (fight monsters over and over again) to level up. Find better equipment and put it on.

Many of the menu screens contain rune like symbols. This can confuse new players. Exploration of these buttons is the best advice this reviewer can give. Magic is a part of Heroes of Ruin. Players have the choice of a variety of different characters. Square Enix went a different route with some of them, which is neat to see.

Heroes of Ruin is for the older members of the family. If you know the person has problems differentiating reality from fantasy, or has violent tendencies - please refrain from playing Heroes of Ruin. This Nintendo 3DS game is not the most family friendly, but it is definitely better than many others out there.
- RPG Master


Graphics: 59%
Sound: 64%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 58%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Square Enix
ating:  ‘T’ - Teen
{Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language}

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