Ben 10 Omniverse 2

Common Sense Media says

TV-show-based combat game without blood or gore.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is all about destroying evil to protect the universe, but it's done in a combat-heavy manner.

Positive role models

Ben 10 -- aka Ben Tennyson -- is a young teenager who can transform into 10 alien entities to defeat villains. He's an admirable hero as he fights evil to save humankind and the rest of the galaxy. But he does use combat to achieve goals. Players also can assume the roles of Rook and Omnitrix aliens in the multiplayer brawler mode.

Ease of play

With the Nintendo Wii U version played for this review, the controls were simple and easy to pick up. Even younger players shouldn't have a problem controlling Ben 10 throughout this adventure.

Violence

Although it's very cartoon-like and nongraphic in nature, this game is heavily based on combat. Players engage in hand-to-hand combat with robots, alien creatures, and boss fighters, using punches, kicks, and special attacks including fireballs and laser swords. There's no blood or gore, however.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This video game is directly tied to the animated television series of the same name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • energy
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management
  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This game is fun and engaging, especially for fans of the Ben 10 Onmiverse television show.

Learning Approach

The game challenges players to decide which alien to transform into to accomplish the goals at hand. There is also a cooperative multiplayer element.

Support

The game has a built-in tutorial and accessible controls.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Science

  • energy
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management
  • achieving goals

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • embracing differences

Kids can learn about adapting to a task, in order to accomplish it. Players can turn into one of 10 characters, which requires them to think through each's unique features. Kids will learn to cooperate in the co-op multiplayer feature. By playing Ben 10 Omniverse 2, kids think strategically as they morph their character into different personas to defeat baddies and solve problems.

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
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 (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old May 31, 2014
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Ben 10 Omniverse is a fun, action packed game for kids.

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 is not like previous ben 10 games . On a level, you run through different areas and have to change into different aliens to avoid obstacles. After you arrive to your destination you fight some Incurseans , I don't know if I spelled that right. If you you like a game were you have to use quick thinking and have fun ,you would probably want to buy it ,but if you want a game that has story levels , that you have to figure out puzzles ,riddles, etc.,and that is like all the other ben 10 games you might want to watch video walkthroughs to the levels before you buy. Extra : You should come here on common sense media before you buy any game , especially at Game Stop. At Game Stop you can get robbed of your money by buying a bad game. If you pay 35 $ for a game at Game Stop and only play it to find out that you don't want it, Game Stop would only give you about 4 $ back. Remember : check common sense media before you buy any games,movies,etc.
Kid, 10 years old April 11, 2014
AGE
2
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LEARNING

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