Iron Man 2

Common Sense Media says

Everything is blowing up all the time in this movie game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Any positive messages about Tony Stark's desire to use his technology to help the environment and the world are lost amid all of Iron Man 2's flaming explosions. 

Positive role models

Tony Stark (a.k.a., Iron Man) may be a hero with a strong desire to help the world, but has no apparent qualms about using violence to do so. And while he will nobly never refuse a call for assistance (even if he's in the middle of an important mission), he's demonstrably cocky and arrogant. Of all the superheroes your children could look to as role models, Tony Stark is probably not the best.

Ease of play

Different versions have different issues, but no matter which console you play the game on, you're likely to run into some control problems. On the Wii, there's difficulty turning around. On PS3, using different control sticks for running and flying can cause confusion. Overall, Iron Man moves at a bizarrely slow pace (perhaps realistic for a man in a giant metal suit, but not true to the character). The game's difficulty level is not too high, but the controls can be problematic.

Violence

As Iron Man, you will blast enemies (human, robot, or some combination thereof) with various energy beams and mini-missiles. As his armored partner, War Machine, you'll have a somewhat more powerful arsenal, including a rapid-fire Gatling gun. Explosions and gunfire are a constant in the game, though there is no blood. Enemies who are hit groan and fall to the ground.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

"Hell" can be heard in all versions of the game (except the DS version, which is a very different game altogether). The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have some other mild swear words ("damn," "ass") sprinkled in the dialogue.

Consumerism

This game is one of what seems like a billion product tie-ins to the Iron Man 2 movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Iron Man 2 might be a superhero video game, but it is one that is all about firepower. Explosions, blasters, bullets, missiles, repulsor rays, tank turrets -- you name it. Everything is blowing up all the time. In between missions, kids can upgrade the heroes' armored suits with more powerful weapons. Guns might be common in superhero games, but rarely do the heroes use them so much. Parents should also be aware that there is a Nintendo DS version of Iron Man 2, which is very different in its gameplay and only carries an E10+ ("Everybody 10 and Up") rating, as opposed to a T for "Teen."

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

IRON MAN 2, the video game, doesn't rehash the story of the movie that inspired it. Instead, it presents an entirely new plot that takes place after the events of the movie (without much in the way of spoilers). In the game, an evil organization tries to steal Tony Stark's technology to create an evil robot army. Iron Man and his armored buddy, War Machine (you can play as either of them), set out to retrieve the pilfered tech and stop the bad guys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Iron Man 2 is a pretty standard third-person shooter, with controls that are sometimes clunkier than the hulking robots that attack its heroes. The all-new plot (rather than a retread of the film) makes it more exciting to play, and comic book fans will thrill to the appearance of some classic Iron Man supervillains not seen in the movie. The ability to play a mission as either Iron Man or War Machine adds some nice variety, as does the upgrade system that lets you strengthen your armor and weaponry.

Still, the game feels very been-there-done-that for anyone whose played their share of action games. And some of the controls issues are simply annoying. Iron Man fans can definitely have fun with the game, but it's not likely to make anybody jump for joy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Tony Stark's public persona. He's a cocky, arrogant billionaire who doesn't like to take orders from anyone else. Can this kind of person still be a hero? What are the heroic aspects of Stark's personality? How much of his public image do you think is an act?

  • There's a lot of violence in this game, but no blood. Does the lack of blood make the gunplay and explosions less disturbing? 

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99–$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:May 4, 2010
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Violence (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written bycoolguyiscoolbro June 12, 2010
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awesome creative game. since the storryline is different this game would be: Rated PG-13 for robot action/violence and language
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bycoolmandudeyeah June 3, 2010
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13
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good but war machine is aggressive
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 13 year old Written byver accurate February 24, 2013
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very accurate

it is a good game to entertain young teens. I have a twelve year old that loves this game and I saw him play it once and it was nothing to graphical, just a few explosions and bullets flying when you shoot things. no blood or gore
What other families should know
Too much violence

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