A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Positive Role Models
The gamer plays as four individual people who are fleeing or fighting against evil. Like most horror movies, it's average people finding themselves in a supernatural situation and trying to be smart enough and brave enough to survive.
Ease of Play
The game is fairly easy to control, with much of the focus being on the Wii Remote to waggle, dial a phone number, search an area for clues, and so forth. Those comfortable with the Wii controls should have no issues playing this game.
Violence & Scariness
This game is more scary than it is violent. You play as a character caught between life and death. At times, ghosts grab at you forcing you to waggle the Wii Remote and pressing the A button to break free. You may experience the memories of others who have already died including how they died (murder, suicide, accidents). And you can die, which means you face the red screen of death.
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Some of the dialogue refers to someone being murdered or committing suicide.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is rated "Teen" more for the scary content than for its violence. Calling has disturbing imagery including weird-looking dolls, mysterious girls with long black hair, dark environments, apparitions, and so on. The violence takes the form of fighting off ghosts, but there is no gore. This game is fine for teens who like horror films.
Is It Any Good?
Survival horror fans will likely feel this game lacks the atmosphere and action found in the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series. Rather than focusing on combat, much of the gameplay in this slower-paced adventure focuses on using the Wii Remote as a flashlight, cell phone, radio, and other tools to help unlock clues. But if you're patient enough to wade through the character's stories -- each one chronicling how they stumbled upon The Black Page -- you might find the concept interesting. For example, Chiyo Kishibi received a laptop from her grandson following the death of her husband and so the widow visits the site rumored to help those communicate with the deceased. Overall, however, the mediocre Calling is a weekend rental at best -- and only for those who love Japanese horror flicks.
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