A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, collecting data
Self-Direction: identifying strengths and weaknesses
- 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
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