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Metroid Prime: Hunters

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Impressive shooter with great multiplayer; teens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence

Lots of shooting with sci-fi weapons. The action is more fantastic than realistic, and the enemies are aliens/robots.

Sex
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Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a first-person shooter in which players blast their way through hordes of aliens, many of which are animals or robots. The game features some violence against human-like enemies, mainly in the multiplayer modes, but there is no gore or graphic death animations. Parents should also be aware that the game has a significant online mode; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.

What's it about?

METROID PRIME: HUNTERS is a first-person shooter that combines elements of adventure and action games. In the single-player game, players immediately find themselves exploring familiar territory as interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran. Players can expect the classic Metroid dynamics of backtracking through ever-expanding regions and scanning elements of the world as they piece together a story about a mysterious vanished civilization.

The action is set in the standard locales (ice world, fire world, abandoned space station) and consists of a mix of exploration and shooting. The DS's touch screen is used to look around and aim, while the directional pad moves players and a shoulder button fires weapons. This control scheme takes some getting used to, but after an hour or so of play, it starts to feel natural and, surprisingly, more precise than console shooters that use a dual-thumbstick controller.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Samus' world is rendered in smooth, flowing 3D, with only a few slowdowns when the action gets furious. Stylish menus on the touch screen make switching weapons a simple matter of tapping and dragging. The game world is sometimes dull -- there is only a handful of enemies, who are repeated). But battling the rival bounty hunters who pop up throughout the game provides a nice break from the routine.

Although the single-player portion feels a bit warmed-over, Hunters shines in its multiplayer modes, which stars the hunters. Like most of the DS's Wi-Fi games, the multiplayer mode is best when playing with friends. Hunters provides great first-person shooter action for up to four players, including variations on deathmatch and king-of-the-hill. Overall, the multiplayer action is some of the best on the DS, and the innovative controls will likely be copied by future shooters on the system.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about video game violence from a first-person versus third-person perspective. Are games more immersive in a first-person perspective? Does it make a difference if the violence is directed at non-human rather than human enemies? Families should also discuss online etiquette.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$34.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:March 31, 2006
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Animated blood, violence

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Kid, 12 years old March 31, 2010
fun game to play with you friends
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byZero65 March 10, 2010

This game could've gotten away with an E10 rating.

As long as you don't mind your kids playing a first-person shooter, it's not bad. But this game's greatest moments are it's multiplayer capabilities. (Do it locally with friends, as there are tons of hackers and cheaters online that ruin the game for everyone else AND could damage your own game) The single player campaign is average at best.
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Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byCaleb2181 July 2, 2010

Ages for 13-17+

This game is the best because its fun to, the story is sometimes it hard and and sometimes it easy. The multiplayer/wifi is awesome because (Just Because).
What other families should know
Too much violence