Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Serial killer mystery, but may be too disturbing for teens.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A rather frightening message that can be taken from the game is that there are psychopaths out there who can cause any of us harm.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The protagonist, while ultimately heroic, is somewhat obsessed with solving the crime, often risking his own life and health to get the answers.

Ease of Play

Most players are bound to have a few "what do I do next?" moments, but there's a nice system built in for getting past those sticky spots -- you can always go back to your office and talk to your partner who will have a suggestion.The game gets far more difficult as it progresses, but none of the puzzles are insurmountable.


Mulitiple dead bodies are shown, some lying in blood. These bodies (like all the characters in the game) are depicted by real actors, not with computer-drawn graphics. Pools or sprays of blood are visible in many of the crime scenes. Several murders are also shown -- shootings, bludgeonings, and a strangling -- in "past vision," a greenish, blurred video style, similar to what is seen through night-vision lenses. In one of these "past visions," a man doubles over and coughs up a lot of blood.


Nothing is shown, but there is talk of romantic liaisons. The most graphic the language gets, though, is describing people as "lovers."


Mild swear words occur several times in the dialogue -- hell, damn, crap, bastard.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters who smoke appear in the story, though neither of the protagonists smoke. Even the hero characters do drink alcoholic beverages, though.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is a good deal of violence in this mystery game. While most of the violent acts are seen through a blurry, greenish night-vision lens, the realistic motions of the live actors are still easily recognizable -- as someone being strangled, bludgeoned, or shot. The use of real, filmed actors in lieu of computer graphics makes the violence more realistic. Parents should also be aware that, although the protagonist commits no acts of violence, he witnesses many, mostly through his psyhic power to envision the past. Players will also see characters smoking and drinking. The Teen rating could be a bit lenient, given that this is a frightening tale. Parents should consider what their teens can handle before letting them explore this serial killer mystery.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byWarri August 7, 2010

Good for 15+

The violence looks realistic and disturbing it might be to intense for childrens including pre-teen. The scenes shows people smoking and drinking.
Kid, 10 years old September 10, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written bySophieGarettt May 20, 2010

Good for people of ages 15+

I think this is good for people of ages 15+ because at that age they should be able to see the options in life and what they want to be, so maybe this could jus... Continue reading

What's it about?

Jonathan Weaver, the hero of AGAIN, was the 12-year-old sole survivor of a string of unsolved serial killings 19 years ago. Now grown, he is an FBI agent who gets put in charge of investigating what appears to be a string of copycat murders. Or is the first killer recreating his old crimes? Through witness interviews, crime scene investigation, some sneaky use of a reporter friend, and his psychic power to see into the past, Weaver must piece together the mystery and stop the killer before he strikes again. The plot contains several stunning twists along the way. The \"past vision\" segments are played using dual screens that show the same room in the past and the present; the player must walk through (in three-dimensional graphics) and figure out what elements of the setting have changed from then to now.

Is it any good?

Any mystery is only as good as its plot, and by that measure, Again is pretty awesome. There are several knock-your-socks-off twists that mystery fans will adore. The hero's psychic ability may seem a bit cheesy to players who prefer a more straightforward whodunit, but the game really couldn't work without it. And, okay, you have to overlook the FBI allowing an agent to investigate a case in which his own famly was killed. But employ a healthy suspension of disbelief and you'll be in for a wild mystery ride. In terms of gameplay, Again is also quite unique. The dual-screen approach, allowing you to investigate the same crime scene in both the present and the past is used to very good effect. That being said, this is not a game for the faint of heart. Even the Teen rating could be a bit lenient. Definitely know your kids and what they can handle before letting them explore this frightening tale.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of live, filmed actors in the game. Does seeing real people, as opposed to computer-generated avatars, make the game more exciting? Or more disturbing? It's a novel way of presenting a video game, but is it a better one?

  • Families can also discuss whether violence is ever necessary to tell a story. The engrossing story of Again contains many scenes of violence. Would the story be the same with those scenes not shown? Would the story be more effective if those scenes were depicted in even more graphic ways (i.e. without the night-vision effects obscuring them)?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Tecmo
  • Release date: March 23, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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