G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Decent movie game delivers cooperative bloodless shooting.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Gamers play as the "good guys," out to defeat evil, but you can also unoock (and play as) COBRA "bad guys."

Positive Role Models & Representations

For the most part, the role models are positive as the fighters work for an elite military organization out to stop terrorists.

Ease of Play

The game is fairly easy to play but the inability to control the camera is annoying.


There is no blood, gore, or excessive violence but players will use guns, grenades, swords, and other weapons to defeat enemy fighters. Some bad guys are human, while others are machines. The bodies evaporate into a green goo, which is supposed to represent a mechanical, nanotechnology-based infection.


The game comes out in time with the movie of the same name, tjherefore a planned marketing move between Paramount Pictures and Electronic Arts. It is based on Hasbro's famous toy action figure.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this action/adventure game is based on the movie of the same name and lets players fight against a terrorist organization known as COBRA. The graphics are cartoon-like and the weapons, firepower, and vehicles are over-the-top. In fact, players can enter a super fighting mode, with temporary invincibility and enhanced speed, which resembles a cartoon.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, 9, and 13-year-old Written bySugarPlumPixie December 26, 2009

8yo needed a game that had fighting

I bought this for my 8yo who wanted to play his much older brother's Call To Duty. This was my replacement and he really likes it and is very happy with it... Continue reading
Parent of a 5, 10, and 13-year-old Written byOcelot December 8, 2009

If you love your kids dont buy this game

this is possibly the worst game of 2009 the controls are clunky the graphics are very 90's, the gameplay holds your hand there is no challenge to the game... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKiPunk11 February 5, 2011

It's nostalgic, too bad it's not that great.

Non-stop cartoon violence. It's fun, but there's not much substance to be had.
Teen, 13 years old Written byprince of persia November 8, 2010
it does have dam-

What's it about?

G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA is based on the highly-publicized Paramount Pictures flick of the same name (and of course, Hasbro's 45-year-old toy line) and starts where the movie leaves off. Available for multiple consoles and handheld systems, G.I. JOE: The Rise of COBRA introduces players to the G.I. ("Government Issue") JOE team of elite military fighters who protect the world from ruthless terrorists, such as the nefarious COBRA organization. In this third-person action game, gamers can climb into the boots of familiar G.I. JOE characters -- such as Duke, Heavy Duty, Ripcord, Scarlett and Snake Eyes -- as well as some unlockable COBRA fighters, too. Each character has his or her own unique weapon and special move: Snake Eyes, for example, uses a katana for close-combat attacks (with super stealth as his special move). Before every mission (and sometimes during them), you pick which two characters you want to lead the fight. If you're playing alone, the secondary character will be controlled by the game's A.I. But, you can also engage in two-player drop-in-drop-out co-op play with a friend.

Is it any good?

You never know what you're going to get when you buy a movie-based video game. On one hand, you might be pleasantly surprised with the results (Disney Interactive Studios' G-Force), but more often than not the game feels like a shameless marketing tie-in or was rushed out the door to be released in time with the film (Warner Bros. Interactive's Watchmen: The End is Nigh). G.I. Joe is somewhere in-between. While not a flawless game, this arcade shooter delivers a fun experience -- especially for younger players. It offers an all-new storyline, but provides players with an opportunity to replay some of the biggest moments from the film, as well as relive story threads from G.I. JOE comics, cartoons, and toys.

The game is fun romp but there are a few nagging issues such as the inability to control the camera and frequent load screens. Shortcomings aside, the game will likely appeal to young teenagers who want an enjoyable co-op action experience alongside a friend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not film-based video games -- available the same week as the movie of the same name -- are a good idea because you'd like to play as the hero(es) in the story or are these movies a well-timed, shameless grab for cash. Or both?

  • Is the ability to play this game with a friend important to you? Do you think of gaming as a social thing or a solitary enjoyment?

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