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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this firefighting action game is respectful to all of the brave men and women who protect us from fires. The game offers a completely different take on an action game, featuring no guns or violence, yet providing the thrill that only action games can pack. Players will rescue people from burning buildings and amusement park rides to lead them to safety; as well as put out fires with hoses and even from the back of the tanker truck. No one dies, although firefighters can pass out during intense firefights. It should also be noted that a portion of the proceeds from this title are donated to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
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What's it about?
REAL HEROES FIREFIGHTERS puts you in the role of a firefighter-in-training who must prove himself worthy to ride the big engine. Starting out at the training grounds, you must use different tools and items that firefighters use to prove that you’re ready to head out on a real call. As the game progresses, you will rescue people from a shopping center, museum, and an amusement park. Within each location, you follow the guidance of your superior officers to track down, rescue, and lead trapped civilians to safety. Some levels will have you fighting the fire from the back of a tanker truck as well as up close and personal with fire extinguishers or hoses.
Is it any good?
For kids reared on WWII action games and zombie killing, spending time fighting nothing but fires may sound somewhat tame and boring – until they experience this game. With no time for kitten rescuing, Real Heroes puts you in the middle of the action from the get-go. Explosions rock the screen, causing the environment to change, forcing you have to rethink your path out of a building. You may even have to break out some windows and wait for a ladder to show up and get you out of there in the nick of time.
The firemen in the game are treated with respect throughout, and the camaraderie that this group of people has in real life manages to come across in the writing and acting in the title. The only nagging concerns in the game are that the controls could have been better and that some levels seem to drag on a little too long – but a young fan of the game will probably not even notice these issues.
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