A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ben 10 Omniverse 2 is an action/adventure game best played by kids age 10 or older because it contains a lot of cartoon violence. As Ben 10, you will punch, kick, and use sci-fi weapons against enemies. Explosions can take out multiple opponents at the same time. Overall, it's pretty tame and clearly fantastic, but combat makes up the bulk of the gameplay just the same.
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What's it about?
Penned by the writers from the animated show, BEN 10 OMNIVERSE 2 follows Ben Tennyson -- a young space-faring adventurer -- with a special watch that helps him transform into one of 10 aliens. The story introduces a new race of aliens called the Incurseans that are threatening to destroy the entire universe. Ben 10 vows to fight back against this menacing race, mostly by transforming into various fighters, each with their own unique skills, and using power-ups for extra combat abilities. The third-person adventure includes many missions (including some timed chase sequences), unlockable areas, and a multiplayer, cooperative (co-op), split-screen mode for playing in front of the same television (with support for other playable characters from the show).
Is it any good?
What it lacks in depth it makes up for in accessibility. Young kids can boot up the game, play as the familiar hero from the TV show, and easily switch among various aliens to take advantage of their abilities. The fighting mechanic is simple, allowing Ben 10 (or others in the multiplayer mode) to punch, kick, or use other melee and ranged attacks (from laser swords to shock blasts). Players also will learn how to perform powerful chained maneuvers, combo sequences, and finishing moves. The game isn't long, but players can return to replay a level to gain more points or unlock new power-ups. Visually speaking, it somewhat resembles the cartoon show, but it's not going to win any awards for high-production values. Overall, this is a reasonably fun, action-heavy adventure for young fans of the hit animated show.
Talk to your kids about ...
Is fighting against humans in a contemporary setting (such as Grand Theft Auto V) different from fighting against aliens and robots in a fantasy sci-fi setting? Are you more likely to let your kids engage in the latter than the former? Or does context not matter when it comes to the impact of violence in media?
Did you play this game because you're already a fan of the show? Why do you think developers create games based on TV shows?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Science: energy, physics
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences
Self-Direction: achieving goals, set objectives, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: D3Publisher of America
- Release date: November 5, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Robots, Space and aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
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