A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players assume control of a government secret agent attempting to save the world from an alien invasion.
Positive Role Models
Prometheus, the character guiding you through the game, sacrifices himself to help the player thwart this alien invasion.
Ease of Play
Players use the Wii remote to point their weapons, ranging from pistols and machine guns to alien rifles, pulling the B trigger to fire. The thumbstick on the nunchuk moves their character, while the Z button locks on targets. Players can also flick the nunchuk to toss grenades. The style of play is similar to Microsoft's Halo franchise, where players must "run and gun" throughout various environments to defeat enemies. Assisiting Ford is the All-Seeing Eye, or A.S.E., a device used to uncover hidden puzzles and enemies as well as help navigate each level. Controls feel comfortable, and early tutorials make learning easy.
Violence & Scariness
Players battle aliens and mind-controlled human soldiers using weapons such as handguns, shotguns, grenades, rocket launchers, and more firearms. Bodies fly into the air after explosions, and blood spurts out after attacks. However, the attacks aren't gory.
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The strongest words used by characters are "damn" and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a T-rated first-person shooter with tamer violence as compared to M-rated games in the genre. Players can use an array of weapons such as pistols, machine guns, shotguns, alien rifles, and grenades. When enemies are killed, players will sometimes see either blood or an orange ooze (in the case of aliens) shoot out. However, none of the action looks brutal or gory. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.
Is It Any Good?
The highlight of The Conduit is the controls. The default scheme works very well, although there are moments where the crosshairs move off screen, forcing you to shake the remote to get them back. The level of flexibility included in customizing these controls is fantastic. Players can map almost any action to whichever button they choose, creating the ideal control layout.
However, the single-player campaign falls flat. The story is pretty thin, and the presentation makes it difficult for players to connect with the characters. The missions are often too simple, such as "destroy X number of items." Each level also lacks explosiveness and intensity. Fortunately, the multiplayer component is pretty strong. Players can participate in free-for-all, team reaper, and team objective matches. Overall, The Conduit is a solid addition for Wii owning teens seeking a slightly more adult experience.
Online interaction: Players can talk with each other online through the Wii Speak accessory which may mean your child will hear some colorful language. However, parental controls on the console can be used to limit these unsensored discussions.
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