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Game Reviewed: Crimson Dragon
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Grounding Inc.
Reviewer: Andrew Puser
Platform: Xbox One
Category: Rail Shooter
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

Crimson Dragon is a rail shooter (the player travels down a strict path, and can only control up/down and left/right movement, not forwards and backwards) in which players take to the skies on dragons. In the game, humans have moved to a different world, and this world wants to kill them. A disease, called Dragonscale, is running rampant, and life is hard on this distant planet.

What Parents Need to Know


The only real objective in Crimson Dragon is to shoot things. The aforementioned things are aliens of some sort, be it other dragons, large jellyfish, large insects, or large birds. The projectiles players and enemies shoot are small, colored orbs. If a player is hit, a small amount of blood may come out of the player or dragon he is riding. Enemies may have colored blood come out of them when they die. When death occurs, the being will fall, and disappear into the ground below.

There is no adult language in Crimson Dragon.

Sexual Content:
There is no sexual content in Crimson Dragon.

There is no specific spiritual content in Crimson Dragon.

There are a few images that a young child might consider scary. Besides large, otherworldly monsters (like dragons), one scene in particular comes to mind: a woman is infected with the Dragonscale virus, and her skin becomes translucent, showing off some of her veins, and some of her internal organs and blood. The infected woman is not an animated, moving person, but is more akin to a picture, with various photos showing off what the disease has done to her.

A Child’s Perspective:
In today’s generation, more and more kids are used to playing shooters like Call of Duty, and Halo. If a kid has played one of those games, this will be an absolutely boring game, which they will quickly grow tired of. If the child is not used to games like those, they may find the story confusing, and the gameplay repetitive (though much more appropriate for younger children than games like Call of Duty).

Reviewers Thoughts:
This is the most boring game I have reviewed for this website. The gameplay is repetitive, dull, and doesn’t change much from mission to mission. In fact, almost all missions are identical, just with different skins for the various enemies. The mechanics change little, and the story is pretty flimsy (only some of the back-story stuff is of any value). The controls are sluggish, and the graphics are what I have come to expect from older consoles – not the brand new Xbox One. I would say Crimson Dragon reminds me of a game that someone would find in an arcade, decades ago, but I have played arcade games that are better designed that Crimson Dragon. I’ve even played better games that friends of mine had built in their own free time. I honestly have no idea why this game would be released.

I later found out that Crimson Dragon was originally built for the Kinect, which makes sense to me. Crimson Dragon might have been an okay Kinect game, except the developers decided to scrap the Kinect controls, in order to focus on other gameplay aspects, like leveling up (the leveling system is very bland, and does very little to change the game).

Crimson Dragon would be a good game for younger kids, if you want to see how they would react to shooters. Overall, the game is pretty harmless. It’s just really boring. I feel bad for anyone that had to pay money for it.

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