Clash of the Titans

Game review by
Duane Munn, Common Sense Media
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Movie-based hack-fest with loads of man-on-monster violence.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While Perseus is on a hero's quest to save a princess who is trapped in Hades, his methods are all about using extreme violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Perseus is the most powerful human-type character in the game. But the game's Quest mode is set up so that he can only proceed by agreeing to aid others. Unfortunately, the game's violent nature prevents him from being considered a true role model. The title's climatic battle, a showdown between Perseus and Hades, is prompted by Perseus' desire to avenge the murder of family, and even when he helps others, it could be argued Perseus does so simply to further his own plans for vengeance.

Ease of Play

The game is fairly simple to play, though not for the right reasons. A deep weapons system and multiple finishing moves are undermined by shaky lock-on, boring baddies, and dull combo attacks. It's not worth investing time to develop skilled attacks, especially since most enemies can be felled by mashing the attack keys mindlessly. Also, learning the game's signature Soul Sieze attack - needed to finish off baddies and take their weapons - can be difficult, thanks to sparse instructions in both the manual and in-game tutorial.

Violence

Perseus' road to glory is littered with the body parts of mythological monsters. Over 80 weapons can be used during his quest, including swords, boulder-hammers, and axes. Perseus can also perform a special attack known as the Soul Sieze: by entering a series of commands properly, he'll snatch an enemy's weapon and use it to perform a grisly finishing move, shown in closeup zoom. These moves include decapitation and impaling. Slime spews in place of blood, but the violence is still steep. And encouraged. Shrieks of pain can be heard.

Sex

Some of the female characters wear revealing clothing and there are some mildly suggestive talk about gods "taking her on the cold floor."

Language

Players hear threatening words like defeat and destroy, but no cussing.

Consumerism

This game is based on the movie of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that movie-based game Clash of the Titans shares the movie's violent and sometimes-scary themes. Though no blood is spilled (monsters ooze goo instead), there's nothing cartoonish about the fights in this game, as realistic melee weapons are used to rend enemies limb-from-limb. The game also zooms in whenever a finishing move is triggered, which means players will be able to see each body part up-close as Perseus lops it off. Add in swarms of undead bad guys, Medusa's snake-hair and stone-inducing gaze, and the Kraken -- a screen-sized sea monster that comes ashore to eat the game's heroine - and this game is not for the pre-teen set.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom September 21, 2010

Gory, but not really that bad.

To be honest, Compared to some hack and slash games I've played this is a kids game. Like Dragon age origins and the famous God of War. The violence is pre... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlah blah12341234 September 29, 2013

GORY

It's very violent, there is this one action scene, where he stabs his sword in a monsters mouth, it's gory not bloody though, but don't let your... Continue reading

What's it about?

A faithful adaptation (for the most part) of movie on which it is based, CLASH OF THE TITANS puts players into the sandals of Perseus, son of the Olympic god Zeus. Unaware of his regal roots, Perseus is tasked with defending a kingdom of non-believers and its princess from the vengeful wrath of the gods, and gamers help him defend the townsfolk by completing a series of hack-and-slash-themed quests. Each successful quest also opens up more of the game's storyline, pushing Perseus toward a final showdown with Hades, lord of the Underworld and instigator of the war between gods and men. An online mode is available for the game, but the title's meat-and-potatoes lie in its single-player campaign, which has you chopping up every enemy that moves. And some that don't.

Is it any good?

Sadly, Clash of the Titans is not really very good. It plays like a God of War-knockoff. The massive number of weapons at Perseus' disposal don't do much for replayability, since almost all your armaments behave the same once you get to swinging. The same problem pops up whenever a Soul Seize, the game's fatality-inspired finishing sequence, is enacted. The finisher's cinematics are based entirely on the weapon you take from a bad guy. So if you're in a room full of axe-wielders, you're going to see the same skull-smash sequence over and over. And over.

Another problem with the game is that your battle opponents don't provide enough of a challenge. The game's villains are dumb as bricks (some of them literally are bricks) so that you end of feeling indifferent instead of pumped up. When surrounded -- and this happens often, as the game's targeting system is loose -- all you need to do is just mash the quick attack button. You'll usually escape with minimal damage. Then it's back to light attacks for slow baddies. Heavy attacks to smash shield-carriers. Repeat...Yawn. Add in silly missions and load screens that literally pop up every five minutes, and Clash of Titans has rental written all over it.

Online interaction: The game allows players to team up with multiple friends to take on central villain Hades. Unmonitored voice chatting is also allowed, which means a user could be solicited by unknown gamers, and be subjected to profanities and other forms of inappropriate commentary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the level of violence in this game. Why does the protagonist rely on violence to achieve his goals? Would it have been possible to tone down the violence without diminishing the game's "fun-factor", and why it's important to understand that the game takes place in a fantasy world?

  • Does this game represent a successful adaptation of the movie on which it is based? If not, why was it created, and what does it say about consumers when a successful movie is used to sell copies of a game that's lacking in quality?

  • What were some of your favorite story elements from the game? Parents could ask their children if there were any moments that reminded them of situations they experienced in real-life, and how they handled their own problems when faced with adversity.

  • In light of the game's messages, parents could ask their children what they think it means to be a hero, whether or not Perseus lived up to that ideal, and why.

Game details

For kids who love fast-action games

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