A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The message is that, through teamwork, you can defeat evil; in this case in the form of flying spaceships, robots, and slimy little alien goo-objects. The teamwork also includes choosing more powerful blasters to more easily defeat the enemy.
Positive Role Models
There are various types of role models here: the smart nerd who's your commander, the strong guy, the witty girl, the All-American boy. All of them help each other out and all of them - except for the commander - are playable.
Ease of Play
This game is fairly easy to play. Essentially, you aim at oncoming targets on your TV set and shoot. However, to get special items, you have to accumulate more points and shoot with more accuracy.
Violence & Scariness
There is constant shooting through the game. However, there are no humans shot and there is never any blood. Mostly, you are shooting at robots or flying vehicles. The robots fall apart when they're shot, but they do not moan. Often, enemies expire with a flash of light.
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Products & Purchases
This is a game based upon the Hasbro toy gun franchise. While there's no hard sell, it's clear the game promotes the various Nerf blaster guns on the market today.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a shooter game about targeting robots and flying vehicles. However, there is no blood, no gore, and no moaning when robots are vanquished. Nerf N-Strike Elite comes with an actual Nerf gun into which you place the Wii remote to play. It's really a mindless shooter that can be exciting - if you haven't played the previous version of the game (which is very similar).
Is It Any Good?
Nerf N-Strike Elite's play mechanic of shooting through wild environments can be an exhilarating ride -- if you haven’t played last year's Nerf N-Strike. With no blood and no humans dying, it fun to see what crazy damage the Nerf guns can do in this sci-fi world. The big change this year, aside from refining the formula, is a Red Reveal lens that shows you where to shoot enemies and highlights access codes so you can move forward through locked doors.
Especially pesky is green goo called Vileplasm that globs onto your blaster and sucks energy until you shake it away. But without online play and an open world which you can explore instead of ride through, the game has limited worth in the replay realm. Then again, you can always re-imagine the scenarios with the included Switch Shot EX-3 Nerf blaster gun away from the game console, since this controller also shoots the famous, safe foam darts. Finally, it’s unfortunate for last year’s buyers that you can’t simply buy the game; instead you have to purchase the new gun and game together.
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