Spyborgs

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Cyborg fighting game satisfies the need to save the world.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The idea here is time worn and simple: if you work together as a team, you can defeat the evil enemy. However, you accomplish this goal by fighting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The superhero team of Spyborgs always want to get the job done right. Perhaps a child can make the leap to do this in real life with chores and homework.

Ease of Play

This looks like it should be easier to play than it is. But it's sometimes very difficult to pull off moves with the Wii remote.

Violence

The violence here is toned down in the sense that there is no blood, only sparks, lightning, fire, and bright colors fly when you hit the robotic enemies. You control a cyborg who is fighting evil, laser-shooting robots. There is hand-to-hand combat, and slow-mo finishing moves shown up close.

Sex
Language

Infrequent use of 'hell''and "ass." Also note that there is an unlockable movie full of crude humor about farting and other human bathroom deeds.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spyborgs is an action adventure game set in a futuristic world full of cyborgs and robots. There is one unlockable video about flatulence and bathroom humor. You control a cyborg who is fighting evil, laser-shooting robots.The violence is bloodless because you are fighting robots. There is some mild cussing.

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What's it about?

In SPYBORGS, as with so many others games, you save the world. In this case, you hunt down a mechanized megalomaniac whose robotic minions are brutish and nasty. In this two-player brawler, you play as the personality-rich Spyborgs, a superhero team of do-gooders hell-bent on ridding the world of these super scourges.

Is it any good?

Some of the more massive enemy robots here are awesome to behold, almost like the big, bad bosses found in the God of War series. As you progress, you’ll gather more strength and upgrade your armor so you can match their power and wits. Heard it all before? That’s because there’s nothing particularly new in Spyborgs. That wouldn’t be so horrible. But there are also some minor problems with camera angles and Wii controls which make playing something of a chore. Plus, this game's difficulty ramps up quickly, making it hard win. You’ll find yourself re-doing the same battle so many times to win, that you might lose sight of why you began playing Spyborgs to begin with: to escape reality, be a superhero, and have a good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Which of the Spyborgs characters are your favorites: Clandestine, the super ninja, Stinger, who shoots bombs, or Bouncer, the big, fighting bruiser?

  • Did you like the story about defeating the big, bad boss who is set to conquer the world? Why or why not?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: September 22, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Mild Language, Fantasy Violence

For kids who love make-believe worlds

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