A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
MARVEL AVENGERS: BATTLE FOR EARTH is a fighting game that fuses the hands-free, motion-sensing Kinect interface with Marvel's most renowned superheroes and villains. The cartoon brawler is based on the iconic Secret Invasion storyline, where The Avengers must face off against an extraterrestrial race known as The Skrulls in order to save the planet Earth. Gamers can choose to fight as or against about 20 classic Marvel characters, including Captain America, Doctor Doom, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Loki, Magneto, Spider-Man, Storm, Thor, Venom, and Wolverine, to name a few. Fighting is the name of the game as you master each character's moves by acting them out in front of the Kinect peripheral: punch like Hulk, fling arrows like Hawkeye, or raise your imaginary shield as Thor.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether Kinect for Xbox 360 games have gotten better since the technology debuted a couple of years ago. Does this hands-free gaming really change the experience or has it been an over-promised yet under-delivered technology?
How do you feel about combat when you're doing the actions?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, strategy
Health & Fitness: exercise, gross motor skills
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: October 30, 2012
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Brothers and Sisters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
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