Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth

Common Sense Media says

Fun superhero brawler on Kinect with no blood or gore.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

Some of the female comic book heroes or villains wear tight and revealing clothing, including tops that show off cleavage and bouncing breasts.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. The game supports online play with open voice chat, which means kids can talk with strangers during the game. Because it's unmoderated, kids might hear profanity or other inappropriate language.

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 kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization
  • strategy

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills

What Kids Can Learn

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization
  • strategy

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
 

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

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  • How do you feel about combat when you're doing the actions?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U
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 (Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360)

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Amazing!

A great game that is lots of fun! You can chat with strangers, though anyone can avoid that.
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