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Parents need to know that BackStab is a violent, console-style action game filled with sword fights and gunfights. It is clearly meant for older players. Combat involves aggressive animations and often ends with dramatic, bloody finishing moves. Players will encounter sexual themes as the game’s hero interacts with “harlots” and befriends women who wear busty tops. Parents should know as well that this game supports the Gameloft Live! network service, which is capable of connecting players with strangers.
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Is it any good?
One of a growing number of mobile games attempting to emulate the console action game experience, BACKSTAB puts players in the shoes of an 18th-century naval officer looking to avenge the death of his fiancee, who was killed by a friend turned traitor. Players engage in wall-climbing acrobatics not unlike those seen in games like Assassin’s Creed, as well as plenty of bloody sword fights and gunfights. But while it has a look and feel similar to big-budget console blockbusters, frustrating virtual controls result in plenty of unintentional falls while scaling walls. Compounding matters is an uncooperative camera that rarely orients itself properly on the action. The effort poured into this game is evident, and it has several bright moments, but fans of mature action games are likely to feel disappointed.