Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction



Frantic sci-fi brawling meets brainy strategy.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In the story, Ben learns not to judge another kid based on his age after the younger boy's claims prove to be true. More general themes include friendship and responsibility.

Positive role models

Ben and his friends engage in a good deal of combat, but they do so out of a feeling of responsibility -- if they don't step up to save the universe, who will? In this way, their selfless heroism sets a positive example. The friends also seem to care about one another a lot and are very supportive.

Ease of play

The camera is sometimes a little slow to catch up if your character makes a sharp, quick turn during a battle. Beyond that, the controls work reasonably well and are relatively easy to learn. However, there are so many characters with so many different powers that it's easy to lose track and not remember which one to use for a specific task. Thankfully, the game will make suggestions to lead you in the right direction.


As Ben, or any of the monstrous alien forms he morphs into, you will engage in loads of hand-to-hand combat with alien bad guys. Each alien form has a special attack, some of which involve blasting fire, ice, or energy at enemies. You often have to battle many enemies at once. Defeated opponents fall to the ground and disappear.

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The game is based upon Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the third animated series to feature hero Ben Tennyson and his alien-fighting friends. It is also the latest in a growing series of Ben 10 video games.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction is jam-packed with cartoony, sci-fi combat (most of it hand-to-hand), but that it also contains a heavy puzzle/strategy aspect. Kids who are already fans of the TV show will not see anything here that is more intense or graphic than what they've seen on the often dark and violent cartoon.

What's it about?

In BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN: COSMIC DESTRUCTION, shape-shifting teen hero Ben Tennyson must once again save the universe from total annihilation. This time the danger is in a mega-powerful cosmic storm that is heading toward Earth. Morphing into his many different alien forms (this time you get far more than the usual ten), Ben must trek around the world to recover an alien artifact that can stop the storm and save countless lives. Of course, there are armies of villains, eager to see the world end, who try to stop him along the way.

Is it any good?


The very well-made series of Ben 10 video games have all followed the same general formula, and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction keeps it going -- with a few welcome new features added in. As in all the previous games, you start off with a few alien forms, and earn access to more as you work your way through a series of hectic melees, puzzle challenges, and boss battles. It's the same tried-and-true formula, but still nicely executed. And the new features that have been added are definitely big pluses.

The controls allow for much quicker transformations between alien forms, and there are more alien forms to choose from than ever before. The aliens' ability to further transform into their "ultimate" forms (which usually involve armor and a major increase in size) adds an element of excitement. And several "quick time events" -- cinematic scenes which unfold as you speedily press the button sequences that appear onscreen -- keep the action flowing. Overall, this is another nice addition to the Ben 10 series, but we'd like to see the developers play it less safe and mix it up more for the next installment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the mix of fighting and strategy in the game. Which parts do you have more fun playing: The battle sections or the puzzle-like parts? Why? Do you think the game could have done without either?

  • If kids are Ben 10 fans, they can talk about the way in which the character has evolved over the years. As Ben has aged, his adventures have become a bit darker and more violent. Has this changed your opinion of the character or the show? What about the games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:October 12, 2010
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence

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Parent of a 8 year old Written bygalagamom October 15, 2010

Perfect for Ben 10 fans

My son is 8 and he has been glued to this game for the past few days. He was super excited to play as his favorite character Humunguosaur and go around smashing through walls. I've watched him play for a bit and I'm confident that this is a safe video game with just a touch of cartoon style fighting.
Parent of a 9 and 17 year old Written bytobiah October 23, 2010
i wot the ben10 ultmate aline game
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Kid, 12 years old October 8, 2011

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien is awesome

This game is one of my favorites. Kids will have an amazingly fun time beating bad guys turning into aliens and playing as one of their favorite cartoonetwork characters.
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