I originally picked up this game in the 6th grade making me only about 12 when I first played, and around 13-14 when I got my own copy. I was instantly in love with the game, as every child that played it was. There is no question that if your child plays this game, they will enjoy it, either because it's good, or because everyone else does. Despite how much I enjoy playing this game and it's sequel, I think it has a fitting age boundary to it. If your child is NOT 17, then this is not a good game for them. They will probably end up playing it at a friends house anyway, and that is all the exposure they need to the amount of violence in the game. One of my best friends bought the game at age 12 when it was released, and by age 13 he was an expert at it, and had a fine ability to shoot us all in the head from across a map. That is the only skill any child will develop from this game. The name is fitting, and not at the same time. 'Halo: combat evolved' has you killing on a superhuman scale, and your weapons and arenas of war are far more advanced than anything you would find in today's era. However, apparently somewhere in our future, the evolution of combat involves us DEvolving to ditch tactics or caution and simply plow our way through adversaries, with our finger always on the trigger. I can't say this isn't fun, I often put the game on easy simply so I can charge through a level without any opposition, but it's not a kill-fest that kids under 17 need to have in their possession. The highest education need for this game is basic motor-skills and the ability to read. The closest that this game gets to anything besides killing is 'Go and push this button...then blow more stuff up' This game is a blast. If your at or above the age for it, by all means I reccommend purchasing it, but if your 13 year old child asks to have this game, they may not enjoy hearing the word 'no', but it is violence that would be wise to keep out of their reach until they are old enough to take it. In time, and when they have their own children, they will see that wisdom for themselves. I am finally at the age to play this game. My parents never kept it from me, it was the first game I got with my Xbox. Am I happy i got it, yes. Should I have gotten it at that age, probably not. I let my sister of 8 years only simply watch me play one time, and she had nightmares that night. That is how bad the game is, although I think she was more freaked out that I ran around a corner into an alien which startled her, but all the same, it gave her nightmares.