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Parents need to know that Frontline Commando is a freemium action game that contains a fair bit of violence. Blood flows when you take aim at enemies and the frequent use of the sniper rifle lets you see that close up. The game is also set up to prompt players to purchase in-game currency to advance. While it's not impossible to move deep into the game without spending cash, it's extraordinarily difficult. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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Is it any good?
FRONTLINE COMMANDO doesn't skimp on the action genre cliches, but it's still not a bad game on its merits. However, its over-reliance on the freemium model saps a good deal of the fun. The game is weighted in the company's favor and it's extremely difficult to advance too far without having to purchase in-game cash. That's fine if you're prepared for it going in, but it's something parents of teens might not realize.
The game, while difficult, is a fun arcade shooter, though. The controls are a bit over-complicated, but not impossible to figure out. And as long as you've got cash and the right weapon in hand, you'll have a blast. But it's only when you have to decide whether to tap your credit card that you'll really know how much fun you're having.