A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You play as a soldier fighting aliens who have invaded Earth, killing as many as you can.
Violence & Scariness
The main character uses a large assortment of weapons to kill alien enemies. They include assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, grenades, turrets and more. Enemies spew blood regularly. One foe in particular requires an explosive shot to the head to kill.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some partial nudity, including the brief image of a woman's bare back, but nothing graphic. In one cutscene, there is a brief image of a topless woman.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Characters sometimes use harsh words like f--k and sh-t.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
This is part of the Resistance series of video games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is violent third-person shooter meant for adults only. The protagonist uses a large arsenal of weapons to kill enemies, including assault rifles, rocket launchers, grenades and shotguns. Foes spew blood after getting shot, while one particular creature's head explodes after attacks. There are scenes with partial nudity. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
Is It Any Good?
Retribution feels like a much easier game compared to the first two in the series. The aim assist feature allows for easy targeting of enemies, while the introduction of a cover system keeps players better guarded. The aim assist can be inconsistent at times. When too many enemies cluster together in one spot, the reticle flies all over the place, moving quickly from target to target. One specific enemy requires players to shoot them in the head, forcing use of manual aim. The feature works well unless you have varying enemies on the screen and you have to toggle between manual and auto aim.
The campaign itself is a satisfying experience. Enemies make smart use of cover and flanking strategies. Surprise attacks by opponents should keep players on their toes. The PS3 connectivity is clever, but requires more effort than its worth. Retribution also includes a multiplayer mode with an array of solo and team-based competitions. The Wi-Fi connections seem reliable and the matches experienced only small amounts of lag. Resistance fans should thoroughly enjoy the experience this portable follow-up delivers.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate