Generator Rex: Agent of Providence
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Generator Rex: Agent of Providence is based on the Nickelodeon TV show of the same name. The game follows Rex, a teenager who has been granted super powers, as he works to rid the world of evil creatures and restore peace and safety. Much of the game centers around fantastical combat, with players often using giant mechanical suits of armor or stylized, oversized weapons. The enemies are mostly non-human creatures that disappear when defeated. However, combat effects -- including slow-motion camera pans, bursts of light, and cacophonous sound effects -- glamorize the violence to some extent.
What's it about?
In GENERATOR REX: AGENT OF PROVIDENCE, players follow Rex -- a teenage boy with fantastical super powers -- as he works to track down his arch enemy Van Kleiss. Time is of the essence, as Van Kleiss is closing in on a power that would allow him to take over the world. Gameplay consists of combat -- players use giant mechanical suits and oversized weapons to fight evil, non-human minions -- and navigation challenges as players make their way from one stage to the next.
Is it any good?
Generator Rex: Agent of Providence is not the best fantastical action/adventure game out there, but its faithful representation of the cartoon TV series it sprang from will resound with players who are familiar with the show. The story is well crafted and filled with suspense and intrigue. Players will be motivated to continue playing so they can unlock the next animated cutscene and advance the story.
The game is not very extensive -- focused players should be able to complete the main story mode in a matter of hours -- and the controls are basic and at times uninspired, but the grandeur of stepping into Rex's shoes is well presented and should be a hit with fans of the show.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the violence in this game. Do you find the combat in this game detached from reality? How is it different from grittier games?
Families can also discuss how to make hard decisions. Rex has a lot to handle as a teenager. How do you juggle multiple tasks and handle stressful situations?
You can also try a discussion about altruism. When have you had to put the needs of others ahead of your own?