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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game is played from the perspective of the killer shark Jaws. Players attack any and every creature that comes in their way, including fish, other sharks, and even seemingly innocent scuba divers. It is meant to glamorize the thought of killing without remorse.
Ease of Play
This game suffers from clunky controls. But they are simplified and basic, so that players should have no trouble navigating around the ocean and taking out the fish and humans that get in their way. In addition, many of the underwater creatures present almost no challenge to Jaws and are easily destroyed. A few of the boss battles require more attacks and strategy, but most of them just require patience and constant attacking.
Violence & Scariness
This game is all about killing. Players control the shark Jaws as he tears through every creature in the sea, including innocent fish, other sharks, and even human scuba divers. Any time Jaws takes out one of these underwater intruders, a small puff of blood appears. Jaws is also constantly under attack and can be hit with a torpedo, which results in a glamorized explosion. It is not the depiction that is necessarily the issue, but rather the theme of relentless and remorseless killing. However, there are no flourishes (slow-motion effects, loud sound effects, etc) when players attack other creatures.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jaws: Ultimate Predator is a simulation game in which you play as a shark. Based loosely on the Jaws movie, players are put in the role of Jaws, an emotionless killing machine. While there may be some sense that this game is a depiction of the kill-or-be-killed food chain and underwater ecosystem, the volume of creatures to destroy and the inclusion of human scuba divers included in the killing rampage add a level of intensity to the experience. There are splashes of blood that appear when Jaws kills a victim, but the entire game is presented with less-than-realistic graphics and a clunky interface that may lessen the overall impact.
Is It Any Good?
Jaws: Ultimate Predator is a repetitive, uninspired game that puts players in an unending loop of the same gameplay over and over again. Other games that follow this same basic premise have incentives for players to continue, and shake up the gameplay and strategy as they progress. This game fails to provide any of that. Even the background story, which unfolds as players complete each level, is sloppily packaged and is doesn't present a reason to keep playing. This is all assuming players can manage the awkward controls in the first place, which make performing any of the special attacks more of an exercise in futility than anything else. Plus, the graphics are somewhat crude and not on par with many other games on the current-generation consoles. In short, this game fails on every level to live up to the heralded franchise it tries to represent.
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