What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naughty Bear is not for kids in any way, shape, or form. This is a video game about bullying and mental torture. While the characters are teddy bears and there is never any gore (murdered bears spill stuffing instead of blood), players get extra points for torturing and bullying other bears to the point that the victim bear commits suicide. Creativity in injuring and killing is encouraged and rewarded. You can hurt a bear by slamming a car door on its head, jumping on it, and impaling it with sharp weapons. There's also a narrator who encourages players to be extremely naughty. Parents should note as well that this game supports online play with open voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
What's it about?
Imagine a cute, cuddly plush, fairy tale bear. Then imagine him experiencing a homicidal mental break. That’s the premise of NAUGHTY BEAR, an open world video game that portrays the title bear as a character who’s been teased, taunted, and bullied for so long that he snaps. He kills his fellow bears -- or scares them to the point of suicide -- in massive numbers using bats, machetes, car doors, guns, golf clubs, and a wide variety of other implements to exact his revenge.
Is it any good?
There’s no blood or gore, but Naughty Bear is definitely not for kids. Like the recent Fairytale Fights, it satirizes a cultural icon -- the teddy bear -- by adding something jarringly out of place: extreme violence. Offering an open world to explore is commendable, but sadly, the story isn’t much more than hacking, slashing, and the occasional bit of humor. What's more, killing and bullying other bears quickly becomes repetitive.
Naughty Bear just doesn't feel quite finished. The controls are horribly dizzying, and bad camera angles lead players to miss approaching enemies. While the premise of mixing fairy tales (which have a history of violence) with pop culture could have been compelling, this game didn't get the balance right. As is, it's a game that glorifies thrill kills without much humor and storyline.
Online interaction: This game supports open voice chat, which means players could be exposed to inappropriate language or share personal information with strangers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether witnessing acts of extreme violence perpetrated against fantasy creatures is any less disturbing than seeing similar acts committed against human characters. Does the impact of the violence have more to do with the act, or the creature that suffers it?
Families can also discuss the game's sense of humor. Does this game qualify as satire? Do you ever find violence funny? Why or why not?