Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

Common Sense Media says

Fresh and frantic arcade shooter combines many genres.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game stars a young boy and girl who are fighting against a force that wants to destroy human life. Therefore, the game's message -- of protecting humanity from harm -- is a fairly positive one. That said, violence is used to defeat the enemy.

Positive role models

 Isa Jo and Kachi are the hero and heroine of this story, but little is known about them, their past, or their fight against this ominous force, so it's difficult to assess whether or not they're good role models. It is clear, though, that they are definitely on the side of good. However, the duo does use guns and swords to fight against the evil mechs and creatures.

Ease of play

The game is fast-paced and frenetic but controls are quite simple to adopt. Plus, there are four different options for players to select what's most comfortable for them.

Violence

While gamers might shoot at a few human-looking soldiers who wear helmets, the majority of enemies are robotic mechs and over-the-top animals and creatures. There is no blood or gore in the game, but the laser fire is loud and constant.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game features fantasy violence between two humans and a number of enemy robots and bizarre creatures in a futuristic Japan. The guns, fighting moves, and enemies are highly fantastic and not meant to seem realistic. There's no blood or gore. The action is very fast paced and frenetic, though, with the sounds of laser fire and futuristic fighting heard throughout.

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Kids say

What's it about?

In SIN & PUNISHMENT: STAR SUCCESSOR, you can take to the skies with a jetpack or hop on a hoverboard before taking out targets in this sequel to the 10 year-old Japanese cult classic on the Nintendo 64. Blast away through a post-apocalyptic world as Isa and Kachi, two unique characters who race vehicles at breakneck speeds, zip around to avoid enemy fire, and take on massive bosses. Gameplay features a mix of melee and ranged combat, aerial acrobatics, side-scrolling platforming, and racing -- all wrapped in a surreal, colorful world. Choose from one of four control schemes to play the game however you want, plus the North American debut of this arcade shooter lets a second player join the fight to dish out twice the punishment.

Is it any good?

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Gamers who remember the classic N64 Sin & Punishment or perhaps downloaded the original game via Virtual Console on the Wii Shop Channel will love this frantic, action-packed sequel. This thrilling third-person shooter is spread out among seven diverse stages in, above, and underground a futuristic Japan. The boss battles are as wild as they are challenging -- Can you say laser-shooting dolphins? Sin & Punishment: Star Successor keeps things fresh and fun between its intense combat, side-scrolling and racing components, colorful set pieces and non-stop action sequences. It's one major shortcoming is the disappointing two-player mode; instead of allowing two friends to battle together onscreen, one player controls the character and a friend can only point and shoot at targets.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. When enemies are robots or obviously non-human, does that lessen the impact of the fighting?

  • Families can also discuss the storytelling in the game. Can you enjoy a story without knowing much about the main characters? Would the game be better if it had more well-developed heroes?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byZero65 August 25, 2010
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First off, if you lack video game experience, then don't even think about buying or trying it. It WILL cream you. Now that that's out of the way, I should tell you this one of the best games on the Wii console. Sin and Punishment is sort of an on-rails shooter, with enemies and bullets coming from all directions. If you've ever played Star Fox, (exception being Command) then you will feel right at home. The game is intense, challenging, replayable, and a whole lot of fun, which many games lack nowadays, sadly. Anyways, on to the controls. There are 4 ways to play, but only 2 ways are logical. You can use the Wiimote + Nunchuk, the Classic controller, the Gamecube controller, or the Wii Zapper. See, with the Classic and Gamecube, you have to do a duel stick combination, but with the Wii Remote controls, you just have to point and shoot. I just stuck with the Wiimote and Nunchuk controls, 'cause they worked so well. If you a hardcore gamer, what are you waiting for? Give it a whirl. I think you're going to love it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow May 23, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

Great action game has nice plotting and controls

The freakishly cool image on the front of the case was the main thing that made me buy this. I haven't completed it yet, but so far it's VERY engaging. The graphics are awesome, with some really cool enemies, like giant eels. The voices are nicely selected, and the dystopian plot is very epic. Four stars!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent of a 12 year old Written byHedgieguy11 January 7, 2011
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If your kid is 8+, buy this game RIGHT NOW!!!

It is nonstop gunplay, including slicing enemies with a sword, and melee attacks, but overall, the violence is minimal, although some scenes are scary. I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!

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