A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
When friends work together, they can accomplish something good.
Positive Role Models
Your friend repeatedly risks his life to help you.
Ease of Play
Familiar, easily adjusted controls get more complex as your powers evolve.
Violence & Scariness
Players kill dozens of people, often in rather sadistic ways, such as throwing them into large fans. When they'reshot, blood appears on-screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Though it's not explicit, your friend does flirt with you rather obviously at one point.
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One exchange between player's character, her friend is somewhat suggestive, though not filthy, profane.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gemini: Heroes Reborn is a downloadable first-person action game based on a TV show that neither you nor your kids bothered to watch. Armed with superpowers, you not only have to explore a facility but also survive the hazards inside, which include some trigger-happy guards. Though there's no gore, blood does splatter on the screen when the player is shot, and the player can dispatch the aforementioned guards in a variety of sadistic ways. One character makes an awkward and slightly inappropriate pass at our hero.
Is It Any Good?
Much like the TV show that inspired it, this first-person action game isn't terribly original or especially compelling. Playing like a cross between Portal and Mirror's Edge, as well as any game where you're a superhero or a Jedi, Gemini: Heroes Reborn mines a lot of familiar territories. When not running, jumping, or climbing, you're trying to figure out what combination of your powers to use to get to the next section where you have to run, jump, and climb. But this is where the problem lies: Cassandra's abilities make this too easy, and you feel like a bit of a cheat, since you can just zap yourself to the other time and out of danger whenever you want. It also doesn't help that the combat can be awkward or that jumping and climbing are never optimal in a first-person game. That said, there are times when the problem-solving prompts you to combine your powers in interesting ways, while the environment lets you get creative (and sadistic) in how you can dispatch enemies. Ultimately, though, this isn't anything we haven't seen before.
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