A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Hundreds of available quests have various themes, but most involve helping the good guys. Players are confronted with ethical dilemmas at key plot points; decisions can have ramifications later in the game.
Violence & Scariness
Action-shooter violence with blood, alien goo, fiery explosions, and a variety of alien and human weaponry.
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Varies due to online interaction. The game provides an easily circumvented profanity filter. Missions also include light profanity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional reference to stimulants. One early mission has players decide whether to help a character distribute stolen medicine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that combat is an integral part of this massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) -- players kill alien monsters with advanced weaponry and powers. The plot lines venture into ethical gray areas, sometimes with no clear right or wrong. Last but by no means least, online interactions can vary widely; there are few restrictions on what players can communicate. A monthly subscription fee of $14.99 is required to play the game.
Is It Any Good?
Tabula Rasa's storyline is well-crafted, carried along by a variety of interesting mission objectives, which can include escorting a character through a war zone, collecting supplies, or taking out hostile aliens. Some missions require players to make difficult ethical decisions, which can have repercussions later in the game.
Tabula Rasa includes another feature unique to MMOGs: character cloning. In most MMOGs, if players want to try out a new character class, they have to go back to the beginning and start from scratch. In Tabula Rasa, players have the option to make a copy of their character(s) while they try out a particular path. If it doesn't end up tickling their fancy, they can use their clone to go another way without starting the entire game over.
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