Parents' Guide to

Blue Estate

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, lurid on-rails shooter with poor controls.

Game PlayStation 4 2014
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Blue Estate may be true to the comics on which it's based, but, as a game, it's a train wreck. Its humor falls flat -- and could offend some players. Its attempts to titillate are transparent ploys. And its action becomes less adrenaline-pumping and more monotonous after a while. For example, the first time in the game you have to swipe your hair out of your eyes, it might elicit a chuckle. The sixth or seventh? You'll groan in frustration, then kill another eight to 10 people before being zipped along to the next killing choke point.

Making matters even worse is the game's baffling decision to use the DualShock 4's gyroscopic controls, rather than standard aiming analog stick techniques. Veterans of shooters will be frustrated by the lack of precision -- and when those controls drift (and they will), you'll struggle to control the on-screen action. With loads of racist jokes, an overemphasis on blasting anything that moves, and gratuitous content that's included only for shock value, this is a game anyone with taste will want to avoid.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Release date: June 24, 2014
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Crude Humor, Drug Reference, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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