Men in Black: Alien Crisis

Common Sense Media says

Play as an MIB agent in mediocre arcade shooter.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall, you are protecting Earth from menacing aliens. However, the game is an arcade shooter and includes aiming and firing a number of weapons at enemies in an effort to destroy all of them. The game also supports gun-like peripherals, such as Top Shot Elite, Wii Zapper, and PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter.

Positive role models

Gamers assume the role of Men in Black agent Peter Delacoeur, an art thief who gets a second chance -- and vows to fight back against an alien plot to take over the planet. He uses mostly weapons, as well as gadgets and a tricked out MIB car to perform the jobs at hand, as well as interrogating suspects to uncover their motives.

Ease of play

This third-person game is pretty easy to play as it's a straightforward arcade shooter. But some dexterity is required to aim and shoot at the various enemies. Experience in this genre will help to master the controls quickly.

Violence

The game is a third-person arcade shooter, as the character aims and fires weapons at alien enemies. There is no blood or gore, but players shoot to kill and slow-motion effects add some drama and sensationalism to the action. The game also supports gun-like peripherals, such as the Wii Zapper and Top Shot Elite. The player doesn't target humans -- only aliens. Some scenes might be disturbing for kids, such as an alien crawling out of a (fake) human's body, as it screams, and an explosion that blankets a large part of a city.

Sex

There are some suggestive scenes, one of which is when a female is trying to seduce the MIB agent with sexy glances and body movements. There are also a couple of references and visuals related to a woman's breasts: dialogue includes suggestive lines like "Sounds good, Agent Double-D" and "Eyes up here," followed by a camera pan that briefly looks at the female's chest before going back up to her face.

Language

There is some mild profanity in this game, including words like "hell," "ass" and "damn."

Consumerism

The game is based on a Hollywood movie franchise and is released at the same time that Men in Black III hits the theaters -- plus there's a gift certificate in the box for a discount on a movie ticket. But there is no in-game advertising or product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Men in Black: Alien Crisis is a shooter-based game, created by the same studio responsible for many Cabela's-branded hunting simulations. From a third-person perspective you must shoot to kill alien threats. There is no blood or gore, but shooting is the core game mechanic, followed by gadgets, interrogation, and racing.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Men in Black: Alien Crisis wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data

Self-Direction

  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Men in Black: Alien Crisis 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?

Just like the Men in Black movies, gamers can play as an MIB agent tasked with saving the world from an alien takeover. Available for all three major console platforms, you slip into the suit and shades of agent Peter Delacoeur -- an ex-thief who trades his art-stealing skills for alien shooting. The third-person arcade shooter has you engage in firefights with aliens, upgrade your weapons (including MIB’s famous Noisy Cricket and Plasma Handgun), and secretly interrogate suspects. Gamers also have access to Men in Black gear and the tricked-out MIB car from the feature films to chase down alien suspects. MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN CRISIS offers multiplayer options on the same television.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Men in Black: Alien Crisis has its moments of intense firefights, good voice acting, and a fun story that doesn't try to recreate the new MIB movie. Along with the single-player campaign there's also two-player split screen multiplayer and a four-player "hot-seat" mode for those who want to challenge siblings or friends to various sharpshooter challenges and competitions (such as the V.R. Challenges mode). But the shooting gets a little repetitive and tedious after a while, the graphics are subpar compared to today's games, and there's little replayability. It's certainly not worth the $60 price tag ($50 on the Wii), but might be a fun weekend rental for those familiar and fond of the Men in Black flicks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Activision -- a company with such respected and successful franchises like Call of Duty and Skylanders -- would also create these lackluster movie tie-ins, such as Men in Black: Alien Crisis and the recent Battleship.

  • This is an arcade shooter where you are killing aliens, so parents can talk about the impact of media violence.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii
Price:$59.99 ($49.99 for Wii)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:May 22, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Space and aliens
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byEpopo June 14, 2012
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Best game ever

It is a great game and I have it and I am stuck on stileena a plant boss on chapter 2. Other then that is a great game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byZackyDeje July 20, 2014
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LEARNING

MIB game rating

that game is violent but really cool
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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