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Ok for 11 year old in my opinion.,
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Bought this for my 11 year old son. Wanted something a little more interesting than some of the games for his age, but was worried about language and violence. I've watched him play quite a bit now and I can say that the game is not too violent and does not have foul language (at least I haven't heard any). Now, before someone attacks my review over the definition of 'too violent' let me be clear that there is a lot of shooting and such in the game. But it is not gory and you are shooting aliens, not humans. Others may see things differently. Just my $.02.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2013 6:31:46 PM PST
My 11 year old son is begging for Black ops and at this time we do not own any shooting games. I have heard HALO is better than Call of Duty as far as violence (blood and gore). Do you know about Call of duty to compare the two? Thanks for your feedback.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2013 1:59:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2013 2:05:29 AM PST
Halo is considerably more tame, overall, than the war simulation types (I would classify Halo in sci-fi first, war second).
The war simulations have a habit of bloodying your screen whenever you get hit (something Halo doesn't do) they also have a habit of doing kill "re-plays" so that you see the kill from an angle other than 1st person (as you were playing). My son has tried to talk me into the others over the years, but I still won't budge. If they must play a shooter game, I agree with the original posting parent, keep it non-human as much as possible and tone-down the violence as much as you can. There is enough violence already, in the real world.
Posted on Dec 14, 2013 1:08:08 AM PST
John C. says:
If aliens come to earth and are living peacefully with us in the future think of the repercussions this might have by sending the message that it's "ok" to kill them. In my opinion this will probably happen in his lifetime so you may as well let him play some games where he kills humans too. That way his killing preferences will not be biased.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2013 11:01:56 AM PST
Very unlikely. It will never happen in the lifetime of anyone alive today.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2013 12:11:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2013 12:15:51 AM PST
Yes, they are all great games, but Halo is certainly less violent. I'm a diehard fan, played all the games, read the books etc. haha, and I will absolutely attest that some of the games in the series are rated for "blood and violence" but like 'krystyl_rose' said, it is much more tame in that aspect. Also, on an unrelated(to gameplay) note, whether your son is old enough to get it(which he probably is), the story itself is what really drew me in because its about what we can achieve when we try our best, and about achieving peace amongst all races, even the aliens. Hope this helps :)
Also, don't worry about the 'too violent' part of your review, he's your son, perfectly understandable.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2013 2:31:35 PM PST
Well for anyone who plays campaign should know that everyone we kill is generally trying to either wipe out the whole galaxy or to enslave the human race, even at the end it shows another view of how one might think we are destroying the galaxy by surpassing the evolution of the forerunners.
Posted on Jan 25, 2014 2:15:38 PM PST
Carl Lawrence says:
Just wait till he plays the online. That's where it becomes heavily mature.
Posted on Apr 4, 2014 4:56:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2014 4:58:33 PM PDT
M. Sanchez says:
Please don't let your kid play online. Remember this game is targeted to 25 - 35 age group, not a little 11 year old boy. People online are not nice at all and talk a lot of bad language and they don't care, they will not hold anything back online. There is a reason why this game is Mature and it's not because of the game.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 7:08:23 AM PDT
S. Donovan says:
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 7:10:27 AM PDT
S. Donovan says:
Exactly! Great point. And there is absolutely no way, obviously, to control what is said online.
That having been said - if he isn't exposed to "mature" language on a par )(or much worse) at school - he probably goes to school in another galaxy.