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Gemini: Heroes Reborn
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
A prequel spin-off of the recently canceled TV show, GEMINI: HEROES REBORN casts you as a young woman named Cassandra who discovers she has the power to manipulate time and move objects with her mind. She uncovers these powers when she and her friend Alex are exploring an abandoned medical facility looking for answers about her parents. Using her abilities to slow time and to jump between the present (2014) and the past (2008), she has to figure out how to escape while dealing with some rather diligent guards and environmental hazards.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about superpowers. What power would you most want to have? And what would you do with it? Would you help people or be selfish?
Discuss friendships. How far would you go for a friend? Would you risk life and limb? What about jail?
Talk about games based on TV shows. Does playing this game make you want to watch the TV show? Do you think you'd get more out of it if you'd watched the show first?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $14.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Imperative Entertainment
- Release date: January 18, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood, Mild Language
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