Gears of War

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Hot sci-fi shooter for adults only.

Xbox 360 2006

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 111 reviews

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

Community Reviews

age 16+

There's more than just blood...

While yes, you can turn off the strong language and splattering blood, there are a few scenes that some players may find disturbing. Almost instantly after you start playing, you are forced to enter a room with dead humans hanging from hooks with nails through their limbs, the flesh all ripped off, nothing but bones, muscles and organs. Some of the bodies are missing limbs, or are half gone completey! This is inevitable, and you will see this no matter what you do. And even if you turn off the Extreme Content (as the game calls it) it doesnt change the fact that most enemies will be blown apart, limbs flying, especially if you use the chainsaw bayonet. So no matter how you look at it, this game is pretty intense. Turning off Extreme Content will just eliminate F-bombs and excessive blood. There is still a fair bit of language, and TONS of violence.
age 12+

The problems of the rating system

Hi my name is Ellie, alot of parents just see the mature rating on a game and think it's not right for there child well today I'm here to tell you the truth: My husband used to work at PEGI (British rating system) and in his time there eventually ended up resenting the system here's why I'll give you a quick insight to the PEGI system: there are a few factors that make a games rating those include: violence, swearing, sex, discrimination, drug use and online features the only problem is that there's no difference in ratings so as an example this game gears of war is violent but nothing worse than a 12+ movie (James bond as an example) then this game also has swearing whereas, overwatch has just a slightly lower level of violence than gears but cut out the Swearing and that games is a 12+ rating the system is broken also they have to make it from a softies perspective so a person who has a lower mental age than there actual age is gonna think this game is to violent and this game doesn't promote drugs or alcohol or sex or any mature themes like that and even if that doesn't persuade you in this entire game you never kill any human beings or innocent creatures only aliens who are trying to kill you so to any parents out there who think the rating says so it must be true have a talk with your kids and understand why they want to play these games also nothing changes in gears 2 or 3 so they are the same to Best regards, Ellie

This title has:

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Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release date: November 9, 2006
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for blood and gore, intense violence, strong language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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