A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Set in the future, this dystopian game turns lethal combat into an arena sport watched live by crowds and broadcast to the world. Fake billboards are posted around the play area and commercials for fictitious products play during breaks in combat. The action and society depicted are both pure fantasy that could not reasonably be confused with the real world, but the violence is nonetheless quite glorified.
Positive Role Models
Our protagonists never speak, so we don’t know their opinion of taking part in a sport in which participants fight to the death. Regardless, they are proficient and show no hesitation in their lethal actions, making them poor moral and behavioral models.
Ease of Play
The tower defense strategy element means there’s more to the action than most third-person shooters. Still, the objectives are simple enough that it shouldn’t take longer than a half hour or so for most players to feel at home.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, grenades, swords, turrets, and special abilities such as dash attacks to fight both bots and player-controlled characters in this third-person shooter. There is no blood or gore; defeated opponents simply fall to the ground and disappear.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monday Night Combat is a third-person shooter set inside a futuristic game show in which contestants fight to the death. It’s pure fantasy, but the lethal combat is presented as a sensationalized sport. The Players use guns, swords, and other weapons to defeat a mixture of human and robotic foes, though there is no blood or gore. Note that this game supports open voice communication during online play, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.
Is It Any Good?
It’s a bizarre blend, but Monday Night Combat is undeniably fun. The turret defense strategy is filled with subtleties and takes time to master, and the class-based combat, which forces players to learn new abilities for each soldier (like the assassin’s cloaking power or the sniper’s trap-laying skill), is solid. With just a couple of different game modes you may think the action would become tedious, but arenas are loaded with unique features that players can spend money to activate, such as jump pads, making the tactics required between matches sufficiently different.
But it’s not perfect. If you play alone, it can be difficult to balance time fighting and managing turrets. Plus, a couple of the character classes are a bit wonky (the massive tank, who hobbles around in a giant shell of armor and can take loads of punishment, doesn’t seem to hit as hard as he should given his name and the enormous weapon he carries). But it’s fun. And completely different. Definitely worth a try for fans of action or strategy looking for a fresh twist on their favorite game types.
Online interaction: This game supports online competitive and cooperative play with open voice chat. This leaves the door open for players to share personal information and younger gamers to be exposed to inappropriate language from other players.
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