Conker: Live and Reloaded
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, cute cartoon characters aside, this game is clearly not for kids. Crude humor abounds -- from fighting an enemy known as the Great Mighty Poo to frequent references to being hung-over and excessive alcohol consumption. There is graphic violence, especially in the multi-player first-person shooter mode, including blood splattering on the screen and close-ups of carcasses. This game is also online enabled.
What's it about?
CONKER: LIVE AND RELOADED is a remake of CONKERS BAD FUR DAY -- one of the last games to be developed for the Nintendo 64. It features the same irreverent content with refreshed graphics and a new multiplayer mode. Conker: Live and Reloaded has two modes of play -- the remade version of the single-player Conker's Bad Fur Day, and a first-person shooter multi-player mode.
In the single-player version, the player takes the role of Conker, a squirrel with a bad attitude and a drinking problem. The zany game starts with Conker waking up lost and with a severe hangover after a night of heavy drinking. His goal is to find his way home and back to his girl Berri. First, however, he has to make it through a series of strange events and even stranger characters.
Is it any good?
There are many reasons why this game is not a good one for kids. One reason becomes quickly apparent: The developers clearly have fetish with basic bodily functions, and derive most of the game's humor from it. Conker also has plenty of graphic violence. Some is in the single-player story mode, but present in full-force during the multiplayer FPS mode. Blood splatters on the screen during combat, close-ups of carcasses are shown and characters can be started on fire.
Moreover, alcohol is mentioned frequently and characters are shown getting drunk. Finally, vulgar language has a constant presence in the single-player story. All in all, it is not surprising that this game is not recommended for children. Even the packaging itself carries an extra warning that the game is not intended for anyone under 17.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the game's sense of humor. Is gross-out humor just a way to get laughs, or is it disrespectful? Where do you draw the line? How does it impact our society?