A long review from Miko122.
I picked up this game on the midnight launch, and I was seriously impressed. The gameplay mechanics are flawless, and easy to pick up, but let's speak about the rating here. First off, for violence, Edward (the protagonist), uses swords, guns, throwing knives etc. to murder, stab and assassinate enemies. However, one function allows the player to switch off blood, and so when characters are killed, no blood is shown if you choose to switch it off.
So, yes, violence is consistent, and while it is strong, you can still switch the blood off. Also, the game is programmed to not allow you to kill innocents. So, I really believe the violence can be handled by kids 12 and up. But, let's look at sex. Somewhere in the beginning of the game, in a flashback, we see the main character lying shirtless in bed near his wife, who is fully clothed, so that shouldn't be a problem.
However, more into the game later on, Edward is unconscious and wakes up with a random woman by his side, and it's assumed that they indulged in sexual intercourse of some sort. Also, the word w- is used at one point, but if you'll consider, children already receive sex education at age 12, 13 or possibly younger.
However, MILD SPOILER Edward later on becomes a better person.
Now, to another issue - language. Around the beginning of the game, we hear an abbreviation of the f- word used, and then the word 'b- son', and during a final words scene, several abbreviations of the f word are used in a vulgar manner. Another scene where a character is angry, and claims he'll 'cut you another c---.' Now, these are the swear words I could remember, but these days, in school, you hear swearing everyone in school, but i'll be honest, language is probably the worst issue in his game. So stop. Know your child. And if you know they're mature and don't swear, then 12s and up should be able to handle the swearing.
I would like to address that, at any time, you can enter a tavern, drink several drinks as you want, and the screen will turn distorted, and there is even an achievement for drinking too much. Also, another prolonged sequence where a man drinks his sorrows, and begins to hallucinate.
So, overall, this game can get intense and vulgar, but in the end, characters become good, and display positive messages (well... at least some of them.)
So if your child has played previous AC games, and you know he is mature, and knows that violence is wrong, then I recommend this game for ages 12 and up. Nothing less.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking