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Jaws: Ultimate Predator
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
JAWS: ULTIMATE PREDATOR is based on the inimitable film Jaws, but make no mistake -- the connection is flimsy at best. Players are put in the role of Jaws, a shark that is fighting off a constant barrage of human divers. As players evade attack after attack -- while destroying as many scuba divers and other sea creatures as possible -- they explore areas ranging from the infamous Amity Island to Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef, and beyond. The story is inverted from the original movie -- Jaws is the \"victim\" and has to avoid the humans who are trying to kill him. Of course, along the way players are encouraged to kill as many things as possible, from jellyfish to other, even bigger sharks. Players are successful if they kill everything around them and are not killed themselves.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the level of violence in this game. Do you think this game glamorizes violence? How much different would it be if the scuba divers were not so easily killed?
Does this game change the way you think about the food chain and natural ecosystem?
Have you ever been confronted with a dangerous situation?
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