Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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War game with good premise but just OK delivery.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You're kind of a cynical crab, but you do try to save the world. You're part of a warring team who, ultimately, have good moral values.


Lots of shooting and bombing with lots of odd weapons. Not much blood.


Mild language of the 'damn' variety.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a ton of shooting here, but there's not much guts and blood. While there's a fair amount of death and killing of the evildoers, the killing has no feeling. It's like shooting ducks in a shooting gallery. In terms of role-modeling, your character is kind of a cynical crab, but you do try to save the world.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymagreen9 October 9, 2014

Great game, but is difficult and is very complicated

Fracture is a great 3rd person shooter where you fight aliens called the "Pacificians". They are basically people dressed up from head to toe in a bro... Continue reading
Parent of a 10, 12, and 14-year-old Written bybirley June 23, 2009

alright for tweens, not ok for kids under 10

It's a fine game, there is small instances of language, but it's nothing you can't teach your kids not to say.
Kid, 12 years old July 12, 2019

not that bad

this game i played since i was 5 not violent at all fake guns that doesn't look real at all almost no swearing and really fun game no sex no smoking almos... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 5, 2012

Not very bad

When I was 9 my mom got this for me. I did hear the occasional swear word but everyone at school used them so i have heard them and about every other 7+ child,... Continue reading

What's it about?

When the game of FRACTURE first loads, it presents a compelling story. Climate change has hurt us all. Terrain deformation technology has saved our coasts from certain doom via giant tsunamis by creating big dams and mountains to block the big waves. The midwest wasn't saved, though, and now, the USA is divided into two warring nations. In the west, Pacificans changed everyone's DNA to adapt to the climate. In the east, cybernetics saved easterners from death. But the two sides are caught in a horrible civil war.

The game presents a well-written, fascinating story. You begin the game by choosing one of three difficulty levels. After immediately being immersed in what seems to be a coming Armageddon, you're given a tutorial by your commander, a tough guy with a heart, a la other shooters like Halo. You'll do a lot in that first level of the single player campaign, including learning how to use Terrain Deformation to your advantage. You'll also learn about your radar, your weapons (including three kinds of grenades and six kinds of guns), and some cybernetic upgrades (your powerups).

Is it any good?

It's sad to say that the big cool feature of this game, the Terrain Deformation technique, isn't all that interesting after a while. You employ it mainly to climb, to block warriors, and occasionally, to kill enemies. Plus the game has a couple of software and camera angle issues. After using Terrain Deformation, its possible to get stuck under a building ledge, even when it looks like there is room to move out. Additionally, the many buttons you use on the controller are a bit confusing. And the wireless conversations between you and the commander can be crackly and too jumbled.

There's a big, robust online aspect to Fracture which you can play with up to 12 of your pals. There are even eight minor variations on your typical online shooting games to tackle; and other nice smaller touches, like objective markers in your radar and onscreen. You won't get lost here. And the music is quite appealing. But for those who have played many games in this genre, this game is not all that unique. You might want to rent before buying this $60 game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would mean if, as in the game, the United States had a huge secession and a large chunk of the country were pitted against the rest of the country. What would it mean if there was a new civil war? On a lighter note, what would you do if you had the ability to control the ground, to make deep holes and big, fat hills?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Release date: October 7, 2008
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Mild Language, Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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