A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Beating up cops and security guards so you can spray paint on public property doesn't sound like model behavior. But you ultimately use graffiti in public spaces to speak out against political corruption and police brutality. Of course, vandalism=conscientious resistance is a hard sell, even if you appreciate the artistry of murals and wildstyle.
Violence & Scariness
Enemies don't die, but you do beat them with your fists, wood planks, spiked bats, televisions, etc. Cut scene depicting main character's beat down at the hands of a rival gang is fairly brutal.
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Standard issue street talk, studded with "f---" and the like.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game presents graffiti as street art, not street crime. The heroes are the graffiti crews who paint on public and private property while violently resisting police authority and the intrusion of rival artists. The language is strong, and the violence is consistent with the dark, back-alley settings: Players beat enemies with fists, wood planks, spiked bats, televisions, etc. The game promotes hip-hop fashion designer Mark Ecko, and features iPods.
Is It Any Good?
The game benefits from obvious care from its developers. Top-notch voice acting talent includes notable stars such as rapper Talib Kweli, Brittany Murphy, Andy Dick, and renowned graffiti artists, and rap impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs lends his voice and handles the music direction. The beautiful environments feature notable graffiti artwork from known artists and the storyline is thoughtfully developed.
Getting Up is a genuinely fun game when placed in the right hands, but there certainly are plenty of reasons for parents to be concerned about the content. Mature players may appreciate the well-drawn world, and it may inspire them to consider complex issues ranging from freedom of expression to the commercialism of hip-hop culture. But this game is not for teens and tweens.
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