According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Violence

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Parents should take note that this game is rated Mature. Not only does the game deal almost exclusively in adult content (some profanity, lots of fighting, and a few scantily clad personae—not to mention that personae are summoned by placing a special gun to the character's head and pulling the trigger), it's also probably way too complex in terms of mechanics for younger gamers to be able to progress very far.

RPG fans will want to nab this one now before it becomes rare (which is typical of Atlus games in general and games in this series in particular). This title is a break from the RPG norm, and while it's not perfect, it's definitely something anyone who loves the genre is going to want to play.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will miss out on the funky soundtrack (which is both good and bad), but should have no concerns otherwise as the game is fully subtitled.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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