According to ESRB, this game contains: Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol

Spectral Force 3 Screenshot

Parents might find themselves worrying about the T rating for this game, but to be honest, Spectral Force 3 is pretty innocuous. A few of the characters do drink from time to time, but everything else described in the rating sounds much worse than it really is. You're more likely to make your child stop playing because the game is frustrating him than because of any of the content.

Strategy RPG fans generally don't seem to mind that most of the games in the subgenre are all but interchangeable, and Spectral Force 3 is no exception. It isn't a game that breaks new ground in either gameplay or story, but those looking for an average turn-based strategy experience will be able to kill 45 hours or so with it.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will miss out on the voice acting, but will still be able to follow all of the dialogue because of subtitling. The majority of the game is text-based, anyway, which seems incredibly lame in 2008 and for a game on the Xbox 360.

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 and 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 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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