First of all I would like to acknowledge everyone out there that this review REALLY
stretches the truth. For one thing it says that the new hand to hand combat cinematics make it more violent. This hand to hand combat(a.k.a assassinations)only occurs in the off chance you sneak up behind an enemy. Also it isn't really much more violent, I mean not only does it take you to third person view
when it happens, but also all that happens is you either stab your knife into an enemy or snap their neck...its not as bad as it sounds...
With that out of the way, to the review.
First, before you discard my review for me being a teen, keep in mind I am a teen she makes perfect straight A's, has a vast majority of friends, and participates in 3 after school activities.
I believe that Halo is the most age friendly game out there in the shooter field. For one thing, the most gore you get is what generally looks like multicolored kool-aid coming out of aliens, which you really only notice if you continue to shoot a dead enemy...or if you're weird a dead ally. There is no severing limbs or flying guts. Just some kool-aid.
Now I won't lie, there are a few things you need to consider. One is that online communication that the review talks about. This can be bad but only as bad as if you let your kid out into a high school...seriously I havn't heard anything in game chat near as bad as in 6th grade. But if you are concerned about it, there is a way to disable it easily in the options menu. Plus its only for online multiplayer. So I really don't see why that's a negative thing towards the game.
Second is one thing that really shouldn't have made it into the game, cortana's new model. Yes, it seems like she is...well...unclothed. But she really isn't there is no actual nudity, just close... And you only see her during some cut scenes. That's about as far as it goes. Nothing else bad in that category except for a hundred thousand communtity jokes about it...
That's really all the bad I have noticed, now here is a ton of good they didn't include
1. They say Master Chief (the protagonist) is not a good role model. Are you kidding me? For one thing he teaches loyalty, he stood up to a chief commander just to get keep cortana, even though she was malfunctioning.
2. He teaches to never give up. How so? Well, he has lost his family, lost all fellow allies/friends over his years, pushed on through seemingly impossible odds for his allies, and even though *spoiler* he loses cortana (his last friend) he keeps going.
I wouldn't have. I would curl up with my ice cream after the first random ally I never really knew died. But it thought me to fight for what you believe in.
3. Always believe in youself, John-117 pushes through whatever it takes to achieve
his goals. Got a better life lesson?
Conclusion: if your looking to get your child a shooter, get halo. Its low gore and high moral lessons make it a great candidate for their first. However it is still killing and therefore know if you're child is ready, and make sure they know its just a game. If your still unsure, I got halo wars when I was 12 when my MOM suggested I get it. And she's a control freak. After that I fell in love with the halo series.
Anyways, hope that helps!