amazing game for 12+
i have a 12 year old who was really pumped about getting this game when it came out but i was concerned when i heard this was a mature game, i tried it out myself and here is my verdict:
The game's violence is on the same level as any of the other super hero game's my son owns, you hit the enemies with various attacks eventually knocking them out or they just turn to black goop. When playing the game it became apparent that the only reason this game was rated M was that when you beat an enemy they turned to black goop, also when you hit a demon/org black goo would splatter out. This is not a concern because the black goo which is considered blood (moving the game to a M rating for blood) is very fake looking and not at all as bad as real blood (the goo looks like mud). The demons that you fight are not very scary for a 12+ year old and the skeletons and org's look like something from zelda and lord of the rings. When beating a skeleton all they do is crumble and turn back into a pile of bones. A plus is that this game features dungeons (very similar to the Zelda games) which features the same logic and thinking puzzles which where quite challenging that you find in Zelda in order to proceed. If the puzzles are to difficult the different difficulty modes make it easy to change it to something your kid is comfortable to. Death can be a good role model because he is selfless and believes in doing what is good for others.
All and all i think this game is OK for a 12+ but not for any younger ages do to the fact that they might find the skeletons scary (unless you have a mature 11 year old). The game is a great buy because the graphics are truly amazing, the game is involves some great puzzles (while keeping it interesting), and it will last your kids a long time (so you don't have to buy them a new game for a while!).
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness