Auto Age: Standoff

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Repetitive cartoonish racing combat only fun in small doses.

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Positive Messages

Focuses on car combat, competition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No info known about characters -- players simply engage in battle without motives clearly known.

Ease of Play

A bit of a learning curve when it comes to controlling vehicles, but menus are easy to navigate, and it's simple to jump into a battle to discover how to play.

Violence

Violence is very cartoonish, with a health meter that depletes as you're hit; each vehicle "explodes" in a gray bubble. There's no blood or gore; vehicle parts fly all over the place. Players can respawn within moments and rejoin battle.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Auto Age: Standoff is a downloadable driving combat game that features several online modes of play. The point of the game is to enter an arena and either go into deathmatch mode where it's the player against everyone else, or play as part of a team to annihilate your opponents. There's cartoonish violence, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

AUTO AGE: STANDOFF takes place in the year 2080, where militarized motorists control the eastern and western parts of the country. These factions meet in four desert-like arenas for deathmatch, team deathmatch, or point-capture modes with up to 11 other players. The game features more than 14 vehicles as well as more than 30 weapons and gadgets that can be fitted to the vehicles, and five versions of play (Quick Play, Join Game, Host Game, Play Splitscreen, and Tutorial).

Is it any good?

Wash, rinse, repeat -- there's little variation in this driving combat game, but that said, it can be entertaining and challenging in small doses. While there's a story, it's merely a setup for the combat and really doesn't seem to come into play at all. There's little variety in the style of play, and the game seems bent on pushing players into the fast-paced realm of auto combat in small ways (e.g., there's no brake for the cars; you can only accelerate forward or backward). There are only four arenas, but there are different levels and some power-ups, like a repair icon. If you don't get repaired, don't worry -- if you explode, you'll respawn and can rejoin the adventure quickly. 

While the graphics are serviceable and inviting and sport an old-school feel, and the controls are minimal, the biggest drawback to the game is lack of variety. This is the same thing over and over -- which works in small doses, but there's no real need to invest hours at a sitting. Auto Age: Standoff sports a unique soundtrack and doesn't have any elements that parents might find offensive, but it's a totally reflexive exercise. Unfortunately, during the game review cycle, joining an online game wasn't available (no server) and the only game mode that could be joined was Quick Play. All that notwithstanding, give props for the look and design of the game, and here's hoping that as more content for the game is rolled out, the gameplay gets a little deeper. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in video games. Is this violence OK because it's cartoonish, or is there a problem with it being included in the game at all?

  • Talk about limits on screen time. How do you cut down on playing one more round or one more session with friends?

  • While this particular game does not have interaction between players online, this might open the door for a chat about protecting identity in the online space

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