Alter Echo – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Fantasy Violence

Parents shouldn't worry too much. The violence is punching, shooting or slashing obviously non-human monsters. It's pretty light-duty fantasy-based stuff, and there are no sexual situations or any questionable language.

Action gamers will get some neat combos and upgrades, and there is no shortage of combat. Most players should be able to finish the game with little problem, though it may be on the easy side for vets.

Platform fans might find the combat element to be too large, but the puzzles, level design and other elements should appeal. Give it a try if you don't mind killing armies of enemies.

Final Fantasy VII fans—just a little tidbit here; Nevin's attack on the final boss makes Cloud's Omnislash look like gentle, caressing lovetaps. Talk about one-upsmanship.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers should fare pretty well. Text accompanies nearly all dialogue, but some of the tutorial information is oddly omitted. (Make sure you read the instructions.) There are no significant auditory cues.

And to those whiny game reviewers out there (you know who you are) that complained about losing Nevin's alternate forms at the beginning of the game—what, that story scene was too complex to understand? Gimme a break.