Viewtiful JoeReviewed By: Tim Houseman
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
The action begins after a few mentoring lessons from Captain Blue himself. In these lessons Joe learns the basics of combat (punch, kick) and in later lessons, the advanced Viewtiful Effects (VFX) which are critical to the game.
The violence is very minimal as you are usually only fighting what appear to be robots, and all your attacks merely make them spit out nuts and bolts. The boss battles when you are not fighting robots have no blood, and the punching and kicking are very cartoony sounding. This is helped by the graphic style of this game, known as “cel-shading” the entire game appears as if it is no more than a comic book or cartoon come to life.
This game is rated “Teen” for cartoon violence (explained above) and suggestive themes. I want to focus on the latter, because that to me is the offensive part of this game. Throughout the game you are fighting in a pseudo 3D world, where the world appears to be 3 dimensional but you move along a predetermined 2 dimensional path. The background of the 3 dimensional level is where the offensive content lies. In the second “episode” (read: level) much of the level lies in the streets of a downtown area complete with “Exotic Dance Clubs.” Their are topless woman on billboards in the background and signs proclaiming “Topless AND Bottomless” the only reason I give this a "some offensive material" rating is because all these elements are in the background and can easily be missed in the action (I myself did not notice them until about halfway through the level) and it is of course still very cartoony. This part of the game can be gotten through in relatively little time and does not rear its ugly head again. However it can be VERY offensive while it does appear.
Violence: Very Mild / Language: None / Nudity: Mild-Cartoon
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