Parents' Guide to

25 to Life

By Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Crude game is criminally bad -- adults only.

Game Xbox 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

perfect for older kids but bad for young kids

i love it
age 17+

the game can have kids play it

it was very good

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

The game's levels are short, repetitive, and ugly. The single-player game offers little surprise or excitement, just shoot, shoot, shoot. Spray-paint a wall, use a body as a human shield, and shoot, shoot, shoot. It's non-stop tedious gameplay.

Characters swear profusely -- in English and Spanish -- in the dialogue, and the soundtrack of licensed songs is filled with profane boasting. In the end, 25 to Life is overly gritty and badly executed. Even adult players should skip this one.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Eidos Interactive
  • Release date: February 7, 2006
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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