Rise of Nightmares

Common Sense Media says

Survival horror on Kinect where your actions do the killing.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game does not provide positive messages to the player. You are killing hundreds of enemies from an immersive first-person perspective and by swinging your arms in front of the television in a realistic manner (such as jabbing a knife forward). The game also contains strong profanity, partial nudity, and suggestive dialogue.

Positive role models

Josh, who has a drinking problem (says his wife), seems like a good guy as he wants to find and rescue his wife from an evil scientist. But in doing so, he slices and dices undead humans using a number of different weapons he finds strewn throughout the creepy mansion.

Ease of play

This game can be exceedingly difficult to control using your body. It can take a long while to become comfortable with the mechanics.

Violence

The survival horror game has you killing multiple human-like creatures with a number of melee weapons -- such as axes and chainsaws -- and you'll see blood spray, dismembered body parts, and decapitation. You'll also see corpses and blood on the ground, tortured people, and hear screams of pain. The game is not only played from a first-person perspective, but you're controlling it all using your hand and body movements so it creates a more visceral feeling that you are doing the violence.

Sex

Players will see female characters showing a lot of cleavage (or even pasties that cover the nipples) and one scene has a woman sit on your chest and talk dirty to you. Dialogue also refers to sex (e.g. "worst sex of my life").

Language

While not often, you can hear strong profanity in the dialogue, including instances of "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is an argument at the beginning of the game between the husband and wife about his excessive drinking.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know RISE OF NIGHTMARES is most definitely not for children. The game is very gory and bloody and lets you kill, decapitate, and dismember many zombie-like humans using melee weapons. Parents should be aware players do the actions in front of the TV, such as lunging forward with a pretend knife in your hand, and the Kinect sensor has the character in the game perform it with the weapon. As such, players can feel as though they are doing the killing. The game also has profanity and scenes in with scantily dressed women who are engaging in sex talk.

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What's it about?

Sega's RISE OF NIGHTMARES is a \"survival horror\" game that uses the Kinect's wireless motion-sensing technology to traipse through a creepy Eastern European mansion, battle hoards of scary enemies, and solve puzzles. Played from a first-person perspective, the single-player game drops you into the role of a hapless American tourist, Josh, determined to rescue his wife, Kate, from the clutches of a mad scientist. To succeed in your mission, you'll navigate trap-laden halls and rooms, slice and dice disfigured humans, and look for clues that inch you closer to your kidnapped spouse -- all by moving your body and waving your hands in front of the television.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Most people associate Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral with family-friendly games, such as Kinectimals or Kinect Adventures, but the popular $150 accessory –- which lets you use your body and voice to control video games –- is now being used to deliver spills, chills and thrills. However, in Rise of Nightmares, the awkward and sometimes clumsy controls will likely detract you from the simple-but-fun combat and deliciously dark atmosphere. You see, walking around the mansion using Kinect feels unnatural and stiff as you step forward to walk and turn your torso left and right to make Josh do the same. Once you get the hang of it, it works, but there are times when you need to move quickly out of the way to avoid spikes, blades, and other traps laid out by Viktor the scientist, and the limited control likely means an uncertain death. Stabbing, chain-sawing, and gouging these undead enemies can be fun, but expect to wince at the gory carnage. Because control will likely be an issue for many, Rise Of Nightmares is an experimental game that succeeds in concept but more or less fails in execution. The chilling imagery works and combat is decent, but walking around the game can be as painful as the carnage you inflict on baddies.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Sega crossed the line with this game. Is it OK to venture outside of the kid-friendly Kinect for Xbox 360 titles and offer a more mature experience for those who love horror movies? Or is this game worse than other survival horror titles because you're performing the motions in front of the television?

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  • What is it about horror games that you find appealing?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:September 6, 2011
Genre:Survival Horror
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes (Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 December 15, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Awesome game.

I have an Xbox 360 Kinect at home and I got this just in time for Halloween this year.It's awesome and I'm currently now on Battlefield 3 and this.I play this 3-5 hours a day It took me two weeks to complete the game but after a while you will get used to the controls. so far I've completed the game at least a couple dozen times it's very fun and I like thinking it's real life my brother is too scared to play this but it's not really much the blood and gore is ago campy you get used to it And sex really none at all I mean there is some but these are just little things nothing to worry about its nothing not like you see completely naked people language it's fine your kids hear tons of those everyday triple these up and you get a 10+.
Teen, 15 years old Written byEpopo June 14, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Seems fun

Do not have it looks fun.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byhalilmejia April 24, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

not for kids

this game contains ''Bloody scenes'' ''nudity'' ''language'' i name it scary as hell
What other families should know
Too much violence

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