A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
What is it about horror games that you find appealing?
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