A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game places you in the role of an illegal streetfighter. Your goal is to hurt people, and you do so by punching and kicking for real. The one positive note is that, in an honor-among-thieves kind of way, the brawlers in this illegal league all follow the agreed upon rules.
Positive Role Models
These fighters meet in back alleys to beat the heck out of each other for sport. But at least they follow their own rules.
Ease of Play
The training tutorials are quite in-depth and during your bouts, you will constantly hear your trainer offering more tips and advice. But ultimately, how well you do depends on how well you can throw a good punch or kick.
Violence & Scariness
This is a game about an illegal streetfighting circuit. You fight a series of brawlers in hand-to-hand combat. With the Kinect control system, you must physically perform the moves with your body -- punches, kicks, leg sweeps, headbutt, and knee smashes, to name a few. There is no blood, but characters get knocked about and beaten up quite a bit.
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Language like "son of a bitch" can be heard in the dialogue. There is also one character who curses in French.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fighters Uncaged is a mixed-martial-arts, streetfighting game that uses the Kinect control system -- meaning you need to physically stand up and throw punches and kicks in the air to defeat your onscreen opponents. There is no blood and you won't see any gory "finishing moves" like the ones that appear in many M-rated fighting games, but since you are actively performing the fighting moves yourself, there is a very aggressive and visceral feel to playing this game. Plus, you need to make sure players do not accidentally hurt someone nearby.
Is It Any Good?
Using the full-body fighting system to control your character in Fighters Uncaged is definitely an interesting and unique experience. It can also make you feel very aggressive as you play, which can be a bad thing for kids in a number of different ways. Looking at the game from a technical standpoint, though, the fighting system feels pretty realistic and works well. As the first fighting game to use Kinect, Fighters Uncaged succeeds in taking the genre to a new level. Some poor choices were made in the game's set-up, though. The biggest flaw is the way it makes you battle the same opponents over and over and over again. The tedious task of fighting and re-righting the same enemies in order to collect enough "crowns" to move up to the next tier of fighters may make you grow tired of the game, when it should be the very physical fighting controls that tire you out.
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