Doom

Game review by Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent, bloody, yet fun shooter for mature gamers only.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 159 reviews

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age 15+

One the best FPS I've played

If your kids have a strong sense of fiction vs. reality then there's not much reason to say no here. If it were purely violence vs the demonic enemies I'd even agree with the people labeling it as 13+ or Teen. I can't think of any actual profanity, although there might be 1 or 2 instances in the entire playthrough where you'd encounter it. There's some pretty disturbing moments if you have any sense of connection with the story though. There's some dead bodies strewn about, and human blood spattered about the backgrounds of some environments, which isn't in your face enough to be considered particularly horror-like. No dead faces shown though. There's a dismembered hand you have to make use of in order to pass a bio-metric lock in the game. I think it's definitely one of the most disturbing moments psychologically, but it is also played out in an almost cartoony over the top portrayal as much of the violence is, so it doesn't really strike me as requiring 17+ or Adult level of maturity to experience. If your 15 year old can't handle what in the game, then they're probably being sheltered to an unhealthy extent in my opinion. I'd say, hard no to anyone under 10 and definitely not recommended for under 13, even if they're mature. 10 and under I'd say it's best they don't play or watch others play even. As for the gameplay, it's extremely well done, fast paced action. There's some extra light puzzling/platforming going on to keep things interesting. The weapon upgrades keep things exciting and the story... gets the job done. The story is uninstrusive in a good way here. Gameplay is number one, and the game doesn't try to explain away why game elements are part of the game or pretend to be portraying any level of realism. It's a clear cut morality for the in-game protagonist too, there's evil that wants to take advantage of humanity for the sake of evil and humans trying to take advantage of evil for humanity. You'll accept neither and head to wipe out what's clearly evil, and end humanity's attempt to try to use evil for good. If you were super into it there's lots to read and get into, it's not incredibly compelling or mind-blowing but it's good.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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age 11+

Alright I’m 10 Was suppost to go in kids BUT READ THIS

Alright So say I’m crazy but age does not matter, I am 10 years of age and my parents let me get this. But this game is pretty violent. But it really depends on how mature. Cause a lot of kids my age can’t handle it. And in this game you can do a lot of violent stuff but it’s on saving earth. And if your a Christian go ahead! Just if your kids go around Repeating the moves TALK TO THEM. BE WARNED

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

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