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Parents need to know that Real Steel is a movie tie-in property that centers on a film about fighting robots. As in the Mortal Kombat games, the robots bash each other endlessly until one runs out of health and falls. Also like that fighter, the robots also have brutal finishing moves, but there's no blood (naturally). Users can share high scores via Open Feint and Game Center, but participation is optional.
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In theory, the idea of giant robots whaling on each other is a good one. In practice, though, it falls short -- at least in REAL STEEL. The moves are too similar among the robots and the action is less fluid than you would expect from a game that borrows so liberally from Mortal Kombat. The result is a generic fighting game with a few so-so bells and whistles that fail to cover up its weaknesses.
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