Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Game Review

If the SoulCalibur fighters lived in a real universe, they'd be getting a bit gray and maybe a little soft around the middle by now.

I mean, hey, after being slashed, bashed, impaled and crushed for some two decades now, you'd expect a little slowing down. A few canes mixed in with the pikes and swords, perhaps. Or at the very least, a slight limp or two.

Nope. These heavily muscled guys and gals are still looking young, fast, skilled and, well, better than ever, thanks to the latest wave of pumped-up game graphics in SoulCalibur VI.

But, what about the rest of the SC game content, you ask? Let's mash a button or two and find out, shall we?

A Certain Simplicity

The SoulCalibur franchise has always featured lots of swooping color, tons of cool martial-arts moves, bim-bash-boom sound effects and, of course, a certain simplicity about it all. And that has only improved here.

Like all fighting games, this one offers the opportunity for truly serious battlers to study and perfect intricate combos, feints and blocks. There's a practice ring and a compendium of move possibilities to aid those who've undertaken that move-mastering quest. But at its core, SoulCalibur VI remains a very accessible game, even for more casual players.

There are really only three attack buttons—a kick attack, a horizontal attack and a vertical attack—as well as a block button. That seems simple enough, right? The finesse comes in how you use that simplicity, such as knowing when to lash out at a dodging opponent, when to push him out of the ring, or when to wait for her to come charging at you.

For example, just moving toward a furiously fighting foe and hitting your block button at the same time will let you break an attack and slip in a sword slash of your own. Then there's a new system in place for noobs called the "Reversal Edge." This single-button-activated move will parry all incoming blows and initiate a cinematic sequence of events that plays out something like a rock-paper-scissors guessing game, one that can flummox seasoned battlers with their fancy timed moves.

On and on the possibilities go—again, all depending on how much time and effort you want to invest into the quest of learning the unique move possibilities of any given character.

Soul-Sucking Swordplay

There are a couple formal quests in the game mix, too. These single-player story modes let gamers work on perfecting their moves while stepping into an adventure that fills them in on the narrative behind the exotic good and evil characters they're playing. This Chronicle of Souls mode essentially lays out the history of the wicked, soul-devouring Soul Edge blade and how it touches the lives of the various characters in the game. Meanwhile, Libra of Soul mode lets you create a built-from-scratch character of your own that you can launch into his or her own quest.

Now if you're saying, "Hold on, what's this about souls being devoured?" you may not know much about this franchise. The story side here has always been built on the somewhat twisted spiritual idea of a demon-like entity that has been magically trapped in a blade sporting a malevolent-looking eye. Of course, since this weapon is so malignantly powerful, a lot of people are seeking it.

That broad fantasy backstory helps explain some of the hellishly corrupted characters in the game. For instance, Astaroth is a Frankenstein-like berserker who swings a gigantic ax. Players also meet the fiendish dead pirate Cervantes, the bondage-focused pit-dweller Voldo, etc.

… and Other Below the Belt Stuff

The male characters here, good and bad, tend to be almost cartoonishly muscled and none-too-concerned about wearing a shirt. And many of the females bare more skin than that. The gals' outfits range from tiny skirts to body paint-like spandex, to nothing more than thin leather straps or a frilly apron and panties. And when you combine those outfits with fully fleshed-out physics, well, let's just say that gamers aren't just watching swords swing.

Parents may not have to worry much about blood and guts being graphically spilled in the game's bombastic slashing and pounding battles. But when you tally up the spiritual and sensual negatives, then add in T-rated levels of cussing—including "d-mmit," "h---," "b--tard" and "a--"—you've got a game that might not rise up to the, uh, caliber of character that you'd want in your family room.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range







Record Label


Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC


Bandai Namco


October 19, 2018

On Video

Year Published



Bob Hoose

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!