The Club

Common Sense Media says

Frenetic shooter boosted by racing elements.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The premise of the game is killing for sport.

Violence

Players score points and earn rewards for slaying enemies through a combo meter that soars the more you kill. Bonuses are gained depending on where the person is hit, as well as distance from the target. Lots of blood is involved, but enemies just fall over afterward. None of the deaths are gory. Players use use a series of firearms from handguns to shotguns and rocket launchers to take out enemies.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

There's little dialogue in the game itself. Most objectionable language is found when challenging human opponents online.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game rewards killing by using a unique scoring system for hits made. The more enemies you kill, the higher your combos and, thus, your score. You also earn special bonuses for head shots and other extraordinary feats. None of the deaths look gory but are definitely bloody. Players mostly use a series of firearms from handguns to shotguns and rocket launchers to take out enemies. This game is playable online, so prepare for potentially harsh language from competitors.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

THE CLUB is a frenetic, arcade-style shooter that blends racing facets to create a unique-yet-violent experience. You control one of eight characters forced to fight in an underground bloodsport by The Club, a secret group of powerful world leaders. The main goal throughout is to survive eight bloody tournaments in locales ranging from an abandoned prison to an ocean liner. High scores are key to victory, and require killing multiple foes in quick succession to rack up combos as well as points. Characters are measured based on speed, strength, and stamina.

As you slay enemies, a combo meter tallies your kills, multiplying your score with each death. Eventually, the combo meter "bleeds" unless you kill an opponent or shoot signs called skullshots. You'll also earn special points dependant on the type of enemy, distance, and area of the body you hit.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Levels feel intense, since you're sprinting through an area attempting to build up combos for a higher score. But the action lacks explosiveness. You can shoot barrels for a strong blast, but the action is heavy on the gunplay. A cohesive story is non-existent. Beyond very brief character stories, players get little sense of what The Club is and who the characters are.

Game levels offer a solid variety of challenges, including Survivor and Run the Gauntlet. Racing elements are sprinkled throughout. The tournaments feel like a circuit you'd find in standard racing titles. One particular game type requires you to run laps around a level before time expires. Enemies pose a strong challenge, although you'll find quite a few who prefer to run right at you as an easy target and then find cover. Once the tournament has been conquered, players have an option to tackle single events, create their own tournaments, or partake in multiplayer action both offline and online. Despite a few flaws, The Club's unique concept and frenetic, arcade-style action offers plenty of incentive to join.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the story concept, in which eight competitors are forced to kill for sport in order to survive. Does this justify their actions? Does reducing deaths to a score desensitize gamers to how killing is viewed in this particular title?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:February 19, 2008
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for blood, strong language and violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old Written bymetalhead6656 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 4, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

The game is based and rewarded on killing

The club is an exceptional game where you can just run round shooting everything and everyone. First off the game is based on violence. Gang violence basically. Killing pointlessly is the aim of the game which isn't appropiate for children.. The language is only bad when witnessed online with friends and others. The messages are very very negative. Basically saying that killing is an every day thing and you do not get punished. Never give this to immature people.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronman1963 July 2, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Shouldn't be M

I have absolutly no idea why this game is M there is barely any blood and very infrequent language.

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