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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This fantasy sci-fi game might be likened to an interactive version of the movie Alien. The message it sends to players of blasting away alien critters piece by piece as well as human infected by these aliens isn't peaceful -- but at least your fighting aliens, and you're supposed to be defending the human race.
Positive Role Models
You're supposed to be a noble human soldier, out to defend our planet, but how you go about protecting Earth from aliens is violent, gory, and excessive.
Ease of Play
Because the game is "on rails," you don't need to control the movement of your character. Rather, you'll concentrate on your weapons only, resulting in a smaller learning curve than other shooters.
Violence & Scariness
This game is one of the few Nintendo Wii titles to show graphic violence. The sci-fi setting is in the future, where the player assumes the role of a space marine to blow away alien creatures limb by limb or even to decapitate them. The action is seen from a first-person perspective with the player using an array of futuristic weapons to do gory damage. Blood splats out of the bodies of victims. Human carcasses can be seen on the floor, with blood-stained walls and floors. Screams of torture are heard throughout.
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Strong cussing can be heard in the dialogue spoken by the space marines, including "f--k," sh-t" and "damn." These words are infrequent but can be clearly heard.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are few "Mature"-rated video games for the Nintendo Wii, and this is one of them. As one of four marines in deep space, players fight against nasty aliens from a first-person perspective -- by shooting at them with an assortment of sci-fi weapons. As a result, these creatures blow apart and splatter blood, plus players can target body parts and dismember or decapitate them. The game also has some strong profanity including the F- and S- words. This game has a high gore and scariness factor. It has a drop-in, drop-out mechanic so that two people can play together on the same console.
Is It Any Good?
Yes, this "Mature"-rated shooter offers action-heavy, cinematic gameplay that cleverly takes advantage of the Nintendo Wii's motion control -- but players might not be thrilled to learn the game is an "on rails shooter." In other words, to better handle the limited horsepower of the console, you won't be directly controlling your character. Instead, you only have control of your character's weapon rather than their feet -- but that doesn't mean you won't find the game fun or challenging. All in all, with its new story, characters, weapons, enemies, and co-op option, Dead Space: Extraction is a thrilling pick for adult Wii gamers.
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