A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
In a simple-minded fashion, the game's story argues for humanitarian relief for troubled countries.
Violence & Scariness
Though blood is rarely shown, players shoot thousands of enemy militiamen. Players can also kill non-combatants with little or no consequence.
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The are a few instances of light swearing (hell, damn it).
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Products & Purchases
Like the movie, the game is based on the book with similar name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a first-person shooter with some intense and violent action but no real gore. Players will shoot thousands of enemy militiamen in realistic settings, but blood is rarely depicted; the gritty war atmosphere also includes some light swearing. Parents should be aware that the game supports online multiplayer matches. Players probably will learn some history about the U.S. military involvement in Somalia (with a pro-intervention slant).
Is It Any Good?
Real-life war narratives can make for compelling and complex games but unfortunately, Black Hawk Down is a dated, routine shooter. Players probably will tire of repetitive, linear marches through town, village, or countryside, killing bad guy after bad guy. For a war game it's a pretty bloodless affair, with enemies dropping in the distance and players only rarely seeing a tiny puff of red when someone gets shot. Civilian death is not only disturbing, it is part of the biggest problem plaguing this game: Combat often fails to come alive.
Offline, the game supports up to four people in split-screen deathmatch and cooperative shooting matches. Online, the shooting action gets chaotic; the Xbox version supports a whopping 50-player online game while the PS2 version allows 32 players to take part. In the end, history comes wrapped as violent action entertainment, and the game never transcends its run-n-gun limitations.
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