Men in Black: Alien Crisis
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Play as an MIB agent in mediocre arcade shooter.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Men in Black: Alien Crisis wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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There is some mild profanity in this game, including words like "hell," "ass" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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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?
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
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: 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
- Last updated: August 29, 2016
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