Remember Me

Common Sense Media says

Intriguing sci-fi game has sex, violence, and profanity.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Remember Me is a futuristic adventure in which a "memory hunter" takes on the evil corporation that employed her. The game is a fight against a controlling authority that is stealing people's memories -- but the heroine uses combat, in part, to right the wrong. As a result, the game's take-home "message" is mixed at best.

 

Positive role models

Nilin doesn't want to inflict harm on others, but she's forced to as it's a "kill or be killed" scenario. She fights against mutated humans and robots in the year 2084. Though she has no recollection of it, Nilin was a "memory hunter" who stole people's memories and altered them.

Ease of play

The game wasn't too easy to play using the mouse and keyboard -- especially during combat sequences -- but the game controller proved a lot easier to use. There are multiple difficulty levels in the game, so you can choose how easy or difficult you want the game to be.

Violence

Combat is a big part of the gameplay in Remember Me. As Nilin, you will unlock a number of melee movies -- kicks, punches and other moves -- including five powerful superpowers called S-Pressens that range from exploding enemies to turning invisible. There is little blood during combat in the game -- but some of the memories Nilin can witness are bloodier. Nilin is reluctant to fight in this game, but she is forced to defend herself.

Sex

Occasionally, the gamer can see topless women in the game -- first seen on posters tacked to walls, and later on, some female creatures aren't wearing clothes on the top half of their body. It's not often or gratuitous.

Language

The game has some strong language in the dialogue sequences, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch." 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Remember Me is an action/adventure game with mature themes. It takes place in a disturbing future, with mutant-like humans crawling around, who you must fight; plus, the game has some sexual imagery (topless women) and strong profanity. While it's not one of the worst games out there, it has scenes with excessive combat and "memory" sequences with bloody scenes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • government
  • power structures
  • timelines

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • learning from consequences

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

What Kids Can Learn

Remember Me wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • government
  • power structures
  • timelines

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • empathy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • learning from consequences

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Remember Me wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

In this story, set a little over 70 years from now, our memories can be digitized, bought, and sold. While the technology was originally created for good –- allowing a lonely recluse to experience falling in love, for example –- a power-hungry corporation called Memorize has begun collecting memories for control over civilization, and has even employed “memory hunters” to break into people’s minds to steal their experiences. You play as a young woman named Nilin, an elite memory hunter who could not only steal memories but “remix” them to alter the past events altogether. After you narrowly escape imprisonment at the start of the game –- from the very same company that once employed you –- it’s your job to stay alive long enough to discover your identity and unravel the reasons for Memorize turning on you.

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Played from a cinematic third-person perspective, Nilin will navigate the dangerous world of Neo-Paris in 2084, use her agility to jump across ledges and shimmy across rooftop ledges, collect SAT patches to regain health, and master combat moves to unleash against the varied enemies in the game. One of the game’s unique features is a Combo Lab, which lets you customize Nilin’s fighting skills and chained attacks. You’ll be able to assign various kicks and punches, known as “Pressens,” to preset slots – but these melee moves might require unlocking first.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
REMEMBER ME offers a unique story, a female protagonist you care about, and gorgeous graphics. While the combat can get a little repetitive -- yes, even with the customizable moves -- the ability to enter people’s memories and “remix" them is a fun puzzle-like element. You’ll watch part of a scene play out -– a stored memory inside someone’s head –- and then rewind and fast-forward through the scene to look for the right objects to interact with (highlighted in red), and then make adjustments based on the objective. After you’ve scrubbed through the scene, it’ll play out differently each time, which could work in your favor or not. You might need to go back and try different approaches until you get it right.
 
Unfortunately, the game limits your movement far too much. You’re kept on a very tight leash, with prompts on where to go throughout the various indoor and outdoor set pieces. In other words, there’s very little ability to veer off your predetermined path, which hurts the game’s suspension of disbelief, and replayability. Other small beefs: the camera can also obscure your view at times, and it’s not unusual for half of Nilin’s body to temporarily disappear through an object, such as a ladder or storefront window. Overall, however, Remember Me is a refreshingly fun new game –- that isn’t a sequel or based on a familiar intellectual property, such as a movie or book. Sci-fi fans in particular will likely find this 10+ hour adventure worth remembering, warts and all.
 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Capcom is trying something different and unique instead of milking an existing franchise or relying on a licensed product. Is it refreshing when game companies try something new or should they stick with familiar characters and universes?

  • What is the impact of media violence on players?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99 ($49.99 for PC)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:June 4, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Robots, Science and nature
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byRunnerVision7K August 2, 2013
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Rated 16+, but should be 11+

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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