Destineer is a smaller company founded by the former vice-president of Bungie Studios. The Trading Card Game is the second Fullmetal Alchemist video game produced by Destineer. The card game itself is a fun and well thought out game with just enough complexity to promote strategy but not so much as to push away new players. The cards have nice artwork and they mesh very well with the show they are based upon. Unfortunately, they are stuck in a video game that really doesn't have much to it. In truth, the game is a video game version of a card game based off the popular anime rendition of a well known manga. For those who don't know, manga are Japanese graphic novels, similar to comic books in the US. Anime are Japanese animated TV shows and movies often based off of manga.
As far as content goes, the game is quite clean. Really, the ?worst? part is the presence of something like magic. In the universe of the game, anime, and manga, it's called alchemy and is just as much a science as physics and chemistry. The main difference is, instead of messing around with beakers, alchemists can change and rearrange matter by simply drawing an alchemy circle and concentrating. This strongly resembles magic, though it's only called such by the more ?unenlightened? characters of the universe. Some of the alchemy symbols can resemble occult symbols, but there are no references to it being such and these symbols are treated just as much like scientific instruments as a beaker or micrometer. Language is very mild, with maybe one or two uses of d***. Sexuality is limited to a single scantily clad female character. There are no major alcohol references and no drug references. Violence is limited to cards ?attacking? other cards. Really, as long as a child is old enough to understand that the alchemy in the game is not real and that messing around with the stuff in the real world that resembles parts of it could get them into big trouble, there should be little problem with them playing.
All in all, this is a simple, clean, game that could be worth it for a fan of the anime, manga, and/or card games. It?s probably only worth it for others if they find it in a bargain bin.
» By Adam Bednarek, Plain Games. Published 2/15/2008 11:33:58 PM.