Halo 4

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Master Chief returns in sci-fi battle that's more violent.

Xbox 360 2012

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 69 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 316 reviews

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age 10+

IT IS THE BEST GAME EVER.

the best game in history

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age 11+

VERY Over Exaggerated By CSM

This game is a first person shooter but more towards the kid friendlier shooters. I will be running through the factors in this game. Just as a heads up this will definitely expand your kids mind, make them think what is out there. Violence: This game is violent, you shoot aliens and robots called the Promethians with sci-fi guns, only the Covenant (The alien race) will bleed almost unnoticeable paint like blood, your character almost never bleeds, and when he does it is almost nonexistent. There is one cutscene of scientists being disintegrated layer by layer but it is very brief, and if your kid has seen body books showing the layers of a human, this will not be a problem whatsoever. There is a thing called an assassination, you sneak up behind an enemy and hold melee and you will either stab them on snap their neck, you will almost never be able to see the knife, so it seems as of you are just punching them. You can also run into enemy with vehicles this game has no gore at all, even in explosions. Multiplayer is different, you fight human enemies and killing them results in little to no blood, and most of the time when you or another are hit your shield (Pretty much an extra layer of protection over armor) will react seeming to surround the player in lightning. Language: You may hear D*mn H*ll B*stard and a*s Sex: Your AI companion is much more sexualized than previous games, she is blue, with black lines covering anything sense however if you let your kid go to the beach, the sexuality in this game is not a factor. Online Play: Yes, you can play online but have to option to mute chat, if your kid keeps the chat on you may want to talk to them about cyber bullying. Overall, Halo is a very fun and appropriate game for kids and your kid will be very lucky to play this game. And if your kid has seen ANY Marvel movies this is an outstanding pick for them.

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