Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Dull, awkward, violent open-world crime game.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple controls can be awkward in some game moments.

Violence

Characters use guns to kill people, can run them over while driving. No blood.

Sex

There are strippers, though they don't show anything.

Language

Mild profanity occasionally used.

Consumerism

Players use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is used to purchase improvements for weapons, new outfits, and so on. Real money can also be used to buy packs that include new cars, weapons, in-game currency.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Veiled references to drug sales.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game is a violent open-world crime game. Not only do you play as a criminal, but you also use guns to kill people and can run them over with your car, though, oddly, there's no blood. Similarly, while these are criminals, there's only mild profanity in the dialogue. Some missions involve drugs, while others have you visiting a strip club, though in neither case are you seen enjoying these things, nor is there any nudity. Players can buy in-game currency, which in turn is used to buy new clothes, weapon upgrades, and new cars. You can also buy packs that include new cars, improvement credits, and so on. Read the app's privacy policy in the "Info" section of the game's "Options" menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykrishs 77 June 30, 2018

BEST

This game is nice its interesting and much to explore
Teen, 17 years old Written byCOOL R8TER October 16, 2017

GREAT GAME

I like how you can customize characters, car, and build your own house. Though you can shoot people there is no blood. It is less violent than COD which most ki... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybrian.risco December 22, 2017

Rating for Gangstar New Orleans.

This game should be available for any ages.

What's it about?

In GANGSTAR NEW ORLEANS: ONLINE OPEN WORLD GAME, the latest in this series of open-world crime dramas, you play as a criminal in the Big Easy who's trying to start a gang with his pal. This isn't as easy as it sounds, since New Orleans already has lots of gangs. Apparently, it also has lots of weirdness, since you have to contend with a lot of over-the-top characters and even the occasional zombie.

Is it any good?

Like its name, this Grand Theft Auto­-esque open-world crime game is awkward, unoriginal, and lacking any real punch. In Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game, you have to run, gun, and drive around an open version of the Big Easy, committing crimes and murdering people in hopes of forming your own gang. But while this may sound like fun to some, it also sounds like a lot of other games that handle this kind of action better. For instance, while shooting is simplified to the point of you just hitting a button (no aiming required), moving around is awkward, especially if you like to look where you're going. Meanwhile, all your missions are rather pedestrian. In fact, the only mechanic that works well is driving, and that's only if you don't care how many people you run over on your way to the store.

But the biggest problem with this game is that it's nothing we haven't seen before. While the gameplay makes this feel like a low-rent Grand Theft Auto, its over-the-top characters peg this as more of a Saints Row rip-off. Even the setting isn't unique, since the recent Mafia III was also set in New Orleans. Adding insult to injury, the game is also buggy and, during this review, often crashed when starting up. All of this explains why Gangstar New Orleans: Online Open World Game, like its name, is rather dull, clunky, and uninspired.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel differently that you're shooting people, as opposed to aliens or monsters?

  • Talk about driving safety. This game doesn't penalize you for driving erratically or disobeying the rules of the road, but why do we have those rules, and why do you think you should obey them?

  • Discuss budgeting money. What makes more sense to you: spending real money for a car in this game or spending real money on a real car?

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