Frontlines: Fuel of War

Common Sense Media says

Futuristic military shooter is bloody for teens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many of the multiplayer modes require co-operative teamwork among several players to accomplish objectives. However, the overall tone of the game is one of military aggression.

Violence

Game play consists almost entirely of attacking enemy soldiers with a variety of futuristic rifles, handguns, grenades, and remote control drones. Blood is seen spurting from bodies upon the impact of bullets.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Profanity is heard throughout the game, including words like "damn," "hell," "bastard," and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a futuristic military shooter. Using a variety of military implements, from rifles and pistols to rocket launchers and robotic drones, players will kill hundreds of enemy combatants in the campaign mode, perhaps even more online. Blood spurts from soldiers' bodies when they are struck by bullets, and they spin and flail rather realistically as they fall to the ground. Plenty of curse words are heard between missions as allied soldiers talk about current events and upcoming objectives, though the script stops short of extreme profanity. There is no sexuality, nor any use of controlled substances.

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What's it about?

FRONTLINES: FUEL OF WAR imagines a near-future world in which oil wells are quickly drying up. Rioting erupts on the streets of once-calm cities, and the only way the superpowers can keep their countries running is to go to war over the few remaining drops of crude. Players control an American soldier on the frontline as his unit engages Russian and Chinese forces in battles for overseas refineries and wells. At your disposal is an armory of futuristic weaponry that includes not just high powered rifles and advanced armor, but also a fleet of remotely-controlled drones, small helicopters, and tiny tanks that you can pilot behind enemy lines from relative safety as you battle to push your lines forward and advance your cause.

Is it any good?

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In both campaign and online multiplayer modes, the action takes place on large, free-to-roam maps, and players can tackle objectives in whatever order they choose. This liberty of choice is the game's shtick, as it were, designed to provide players the ability to develop their own strategies for each mission. But in practice, tactics are surprisingly unnecessary. Players will usually find just as much success rushing headlong toward whichever objective appears closest on the map. The only time any sort of strategizing really becomes attractive is when you come into possession of the game's futuristic flying drones, which can be great fun to pilot. They have the ability provide a bird's eye view of a battlefield, which is useful for identifying enemy troop locations. They also typically carry a heavy load of ammunition, making them surprisingly effective offensive tools. But the attack prowess of these machines can be a double-edged sword; they're sometimes so powerful that they can take an enemy objective all their own, which has the effect of making the campaign mode feel, at times, too easy.

In the end, Frontlines is a perfectly competent shooter with an interesting hook, but it simply doesn't stand apart in any significant way from the glut of big budget, high gloss first-person shooters currently lining store shelves. Older gamers with a taste for the genre will likely find it to be a reasonably satisfying romp, nothing more.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the futuristic world portrayed in the game. Try discussing concerns about how our government is planning to deal with the world's dwindling supply of oil. How do you think it will affect everyday life in America? In other countries? Do you believe that, as oil supplies diminish, countries will wage war over the few remaining oil wells? Or will the world's nations be prepared, and have found alternative materials and energy sources? The game may also pave the way for a discussion of technology in war. Does advanced military hardware make our troops safer? Do you think it is a good idea to rely on unmanned machines to do as much of the fighting in real world conflicts as possible?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$50-$60
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:February 26, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old November 15, 2011
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11
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okay for 11 up.

i guess you could say that this game is all about WAR. Well if your think so then you are sadly mistaken.This game is not about killing people.First you need to no the plot, that may change a lot.This is not about killing people with guns.It's not about shooting guns.Your review is the best review. So you should see for your self and look at he/she and the way the game turns out you'll be amazed at the story it's a very stange one but still amazing graphics and nothin much to warry about.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymayospeed February 2, 2011
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Parent of a 12 year old Written byisaac4christ January 27, 2011
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10
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ok for 10 and up

love it
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