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What 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.
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What's it about?
FIGHTERS UNCAGED puts you in the role of a rookie in an illegal streetfighting league. You'll start off sparring with a trainer, but soon move on to hand-to-hand back-alley match-ups against a slew of rough-and-tumble brawlers. With the Kinect system, you fight by throwing real punches and kicks, bobbing around to dodge, sweeping your leg to trip people, thrusting forward to headbutt, etc.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about fighting with the Kinect system. How is throwing a real punch different from pressing a button to make a character punch? Does this system make the violence feel more real? Is there any way in which that can be a good thing?
This is a very physical game. Do you think that playing it will give you enough exercise? Or do you think you should still get more physical activity throughout the day?
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