Conduit 2

 
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First-person shooter with mild violence, rainbow blood.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players are fighting for the good of mankind, but the action focuses on and glamorizes sci-fi violence.

Positive role models

Lead character Mr. Ford fights the good fight against enemy John Adams, attempting to stop him from amassing power. Several characters sacrifice themselves for the greater good. That said, violence is a primary method used to resolve most issues.

Ease of play

Controlling the game with the Wii remote helps with accuracy, but isn't always ideal, especially when the player is rushed by a horde of enemies. The game also supports the classic controller, which offers a more traditional control style. Developer High Voltage Software offers a lot of customization in the controls.

Violence

Players attempt to prevent an alien invasion, shooting their way through the game with shotguns, pistols, rocket launchers, and more. Alien enemies bleed when shot, but it's an orange or purple liquid, not realistic blood. Human enemies do not bleed. Cries of pain come from both humans and aliens.

Sex

One character shows some mild cleavage. Some phrases in the game are sexually suggestive, such as: "Inner chambers? Sounds kinky."

Language

Mostly mild cursing, such as "damn" and "hell." However, the words "s--t" and "bastard" slip in occasionally.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Conduit 2 is a first-person shooter for the Nintendo Wii. The game features virtually nonstop action, powered by a variety of firearms and explosives. The firefights are realistic and filled with explosions. Alien enemies "bleed" orange or purple, but no human (or human looking) blood is shown. Dialogue is sprinkled with mostly mild profanity, and some scenes contain sexual innuendo. The game features an online multiplayer component, but Nintendo's online system makes it very difficult to play with strangers, which means parents can easily monitor who their children are playing with. And since there is no voice chat in the games, there's no need to worry about offensive comments being tossed about. 

What's it about?

CONDUIT 2 picks up where the last game ended, putting players once again in control of Mr. Ford, who is chasing after the villainous John Adams. Adams is killing ancient deities to amass power. Using a special exoskeleton, Ford gathers the strength of other deities, called progenitors, several of whom sacrifice themselves so that Adams may be defeated. Ultimately, Ford wins the battle, but in doing so sets events in motion that will lead to another, bigger battle, which is left as a cliffhanger.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Conduit 2 is hardly perfect, but it's much better than most shooters on the Wii. The action is fairly well paced and the boss battles are fun. More importantly, though, the game never takes itself too seriously, injecting humor into the action -- such as an enemy who shouts, after you've been shooting him for quite a while, "That's it! I'm through negotiating!" The story, though, is pretty thin and some moments will have you wondering what the heck is going on. The multiplayer mode is a welcome addition, given the natural fit between online play and shooters. For parents, this is an example of the Wii's limited online capabilities working in their favor, as they can easily monitor with whom their children are playing.

Online interaction: Up to 16 people can play together, but since there is no voice chat, you do not have to worry about children being exposed to lewd or offensive language.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the desire for power can alter someone's perspective and morality. How far are you willing to go to get what you want? And how far is too far?

  • Families can also discuss violence in games. Does it make a difference if player aggression is directed toward fantastical creatures rather than humans?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.95
Available online?Available online
Release date:April 19, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Animated Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 8, 11, and 13 year old Written byJenwen June 22, 2011
 

A MUST BUY FOR WII!!!!!!!

A very good game as you play as a former secret service agent named Michael Ford. He is a good role model because he is trying to stop a tyrant named john adams (I have no idea why he is named afrter our 2nd president.) Although Mr. ford is trying to save thousands of lives he kills many innecoent people (while killing aliens he also kills people who are manipulated to fight him.) Violence is one of the major issues in the game. Sex is not bad in the game the only problem is that andromeda has some cleavage. Swear words used are s**t D**n basterd ass and b***h.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old August 11, 2011
 

Meh

I liked the first one a lot better, if you're wondering about gameplay. There's unneeded swearing and the voice acting is terrible, and online play sucks unless you're doing a private game, because otherwise, everyone always uses rocket launchers. Though, it's basically the same as the first game for who can play it except they added in B****** very frequently in multiplayer.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byFighter2425 April 29, 2011
 

The B-movie of Video Games.

The graphics are very good, multiplayer is spectacular, they fixed the blood splatter from the the first game (not by much, but it is a bit better) but it is VERY corny. Horrible voice acting can make you want to turn the Wii remote to your head and pull the B button. It is rather violent, and much fake looking blood spurts out of people and aliens, and if you get a head shot on a "Drone," a jet of orange, gooey gore spills out the neck. "S--t," "basterd," and some other mild language can be heard at times, but it's nothing teens playing haven't heard/can't handle. They may have improved on somethings, but did not completely succeed on perfecting a Wii shooter.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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