Incredible shooter still consistantly complex and often confusing. HUGE time waster.
As a vet of FPS (first person shooters) this is by far one of the most robust and compeling games with more to offer than most of it's peers. There's no blood or gore per se' (heads do pop though) but it more than delivers with detailed flair, satisfying explosions and action. The details of the game are numerous and the opinions varied with an army of Youtubers making entire channels to unravel and report the complexities of the game(many of whom are actually making a living from it). Exspect you, or said child, to spend hours outside of the game to find secrets and guides to navigate the game as very little is explained IN the game itself. The end game "raid' for instance requires you to find 6 people online to play and has puzzles and challenges that often make little sense but can be deducted by trial and error. As year 1 players will attest, there is alot of grinding (repetative play)but not quite so much this time around. The game does not explain that the leveling up changes at a certain point to force players into attempting more difficult parts of the game. The developer Bungie (makers of the original Halo trilogy) is constantly tampering with the economy and balancing of the game because of relentless amounts of user feedback, but the silent majority usually rolls with the punches because it is just a fun and solid game to play. For single players, there's much to be had and enjoy with plenty of opportunities to explore and discover solo, although you STILL need a PSN or Xbox live account to access the game as it is all tallied online. For multiplayer you'll need a mic and will want to join a Bungie clan on their website, plus find an online group finder like 100io to prescedule games or sign up for group finders or console based clubs. Parents, just keep in mind that there are as many adullts playing here as kids and there are no filters for online interactions. (EDIT) A few months later it is discovered that legislators are looking into the randomness of the 'in game' microtransactions that entice young players to spend REAL money for a 'chance game' loot box to be considered gambling and be labeled ADULT ONLY. You may want to consider this when making the purchase as alot of throttling ( manipulating in game progress secretively by the developer) has been discovered being tied to these "engram" random 'loot boxes' as well to entice them to participate in a sort of 'slot machine' scenario for digital loot.