A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Hybrid wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.