Hybrid

Common Sense Media says

Quirky multiplayer shooter has violence but no blood.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game depicts sci-fi military violence from a third-person perspective and uses it to entertain players. Like all shooters, it makes a game out of war.

Positive role models

The game's mute heroes don't really have a personality. They simply fight until they accomplish their goal, with no option to achieve objectives with stealth or minimal violence. Their high-flying antics are impossible to duplicate in the real world, but their constant aggression may be a concern.

Ease of play

A quick tutorial leads players through all of the game's commands, which should prove intuitive to shooter veterans. The major difficulty determinant is the skill of your human opponents, who could prove easy fodder or be far more skilled than you.

Violence

Players spend virtually all of their time in the role of a flying super soldier with an aim to shoot other human-controlled avatars with rifles and handguns. They can call on robotic helpers, including a humanoid assassin drone, to help kill their enemies. There is no blood or gore, and dead characters disappear almost instantly.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates safety and privacy concerns: Players can freely communicate with one another using open voice chat. That means kids may be exposed to inappropriate language and topics of discussion, and that they have an opportunity to share personal information. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hybrid is a multiplayer-only downloadable shooter available through Xbox Live Arcade. It's not nearly as gritty or graphic as most other games in the category, but its focus is on violence, with players spending virtually all of their time shooting and killing human-controlled enemies in frenetic fracases. Since this game can only be played online with other players, it requires a constant Internet connection. It also gives rise to potential privacy and safety concerns.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Collaboration

  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Hybrid wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Hybrid wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

The Xbox Live Arcade game HYBRID is an unusual multiplayer sci-fi shooter that doesn't involve any running around. Made by the same team behind the critically acclaimed Scribblenauts games, it sees players spending their time either taking cover behind barricades or flying through the air via jetpack on direct paths to other pieces of cover. Simply target a new barricade, press a button, and you'll take to the air and zoom straight over. Like most modern shooters, a series of rewards -- ranks, guns, various power-ups -- are bestowed as players progress through the game and accomplish specific milestones, such as racking up kills while in flight. Plus, players can unlock deadly drone helpers in-mission by performing well. There is no single-player campaign; but a handful of deathmatch and objective-based multiplayer modes provide some variety. All matches take place online against other players, which means you’ll need a constant internet connection to play.

Is it any good?

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Hybrid is a neat idea that works more often than not, but when it fails, it tends to put a damper on the whole experience. For example, when leaping between barricades with a different gravitational orientation, the camera will spin around to reposition itself. However, it sometimes spins the wrong direction or gets caught for a second, leaving the player confused and an easy target, which in turn may lead to a frustrating, unfair death.

The good news is that when everything is working properly Hybrid delivers a refreshingly original shooter experience filled with hectic, feverish, exhilarating action both in the air and on the ground. It may prove a bit too quirky for mainstream tastes, but fans of gun games looking for something a little different could be pleasantly surprised. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sportsmanship. Just because some online games allow you to play with strangers doesn't mean it's okay to be any less polite than you would were you playing with friends or family. What are some examples of good gamer etiquette?

  • Families can also discuss violence in media. Are you concerned about the graphic depiction of violence? The level of aggression involved in the violence? The meaning of the violence within the context of the game's narrative?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$14.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:5th Cell
Release date:August 8, 2012
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Space and aliens
ESRB rating:T for Violence (Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old August 21, 2012
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11
QUALITY
 

It's fine

I have this game for my Xbox and its violence is very mild compared to other games. You can choose to be ether a robot( which are evil and trying to kill all humans) or humans,with are trying to protect themselves. There is no blood but you can send out a "Preyton" which is a flying humanoid robot with a sword that stabs,slices and dices the player you send it at. I think that any kid over 11 can handle this game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old August 12, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

A fairly creative game, for the category

It's fun, it's cheap, go get it.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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