A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
This is a fighting game. But at least you can choose to fight as superheroes who attempt to take down villains. However, the game lets you play as the bad guys, too.
Positive Role Models
Half the characters you can fight as are comic book heroes, such as Spider-Man and The Hulk, while the other half are villains, like Venom and Loki. So only half of the game has positive role models, and the other half does not.
Ease of Play
Using Kinect for Xbox 360, this game is very easy to play. Gamers perform the moves in front of the television -- such as punching, leg swiping, or zapping a special attack (such as a fireball) with hand outstretched, and the characters perform these moves in the game.
Violence & Scariness
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth is a fighting game and as such, it's violent. Players can kick, punch, throw, and zap enemies to deplete their health to zero. There is no blood or gore but fighting is the name of the game, plus cut-scenes also show graphic violence, sometimes in slow-motion for added effect.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the female comic book heroes or villains wear tight and revealing clothing, including tops that show off cleavage and bouncing breasts.
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Products & Purchases
This game is based on the Marvel universe, so it promotes familiar characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, and so on. These characters appear in movies, comic books, TV shows, action figures, video games, apparel, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth is a "Teen"-rated fighting game with plenty of violence between its characters of comic book superheroes and menacing villains. Kids act out the attacks in front of the TV and the characters perform them in the game. There is no blood or gore, though. Some of the female characters wear tight clothing that reveals tight buttocks and busty cleavage -- not unlike most female characters in comic books. Parents need to know that the game offers an option to use open chat in the multiplayer mode, which could lead to talking to strangers online.
Is It Any Good?
Teens can play against the game's artificial intelligence, challenge a friend or sibling beside them, or hop online to battle others even in different cities. The game also houses a number of different modes to keep things fresh; aside from the main campaign, there's also challenges, arcade, versus, and tournament options. Using your body to control the characters usually works, but at times it's hard to get the fighters to do what you're instructing them to do. Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth does get a bit tiring after a while (compared to a button-based controller), but it is a fresh way to tackle a fighting game that also gets you up and moving.
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.