I personally love Halo: CE and recommend it to all of my friends who game. The scifi adventure is involving and exciting, and it achieves the perfect balance of story and actual gameplay. Heroism is a hugely predominant factor here, as virtually every human is selfless in their fight for humanity. If it were my kid, I wouldn't let him play until he was at least 14, since the violence can get intense very quickly and there are some swear words (thankfully no s-words or f-words) that I wouldn't want to be repeated. Overall, an expertly crafted game that set a standard most games are still catching up to.