The Conduit

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Solid first-person shooter with tamer violence than most.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 37 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Players assume control of a government secret agent attempting to save the world from an alien invasion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex
Language

The strongest words used by characters are "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygamenerd323 October 31, 2009

It's not innapropiate, just hard too play, best for the experienced gamer.

The game is not tat bad, a little cusing and violence but it's hard to play.. It is better for a more experienced gamer, but just because it's hard to... Continue reading
Adult Written by11BK201 April 11, 2011

And fun Wii shooter

I think this is a fun game. The violence is very mild. There is a little blood when you shoot enemies but the alien blood is orange so you don't really n... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 10, 2011

Any hardcore wii fan needs this.

Very, very fun game. The singleplayer is kind of hard, but multiplayer is ADDICTING. Its not so innapropriate either, about 4 bad words in the whole game and th... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 4, 2015

GREAT GAME

its a fun game and i love it but... my parents don't let me play it because they don't like games when you shoot people. they might let me play it if... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players take control of Mr. Ford, a secret secret agent investigating a series of alien attacks on Washington, D.C. What Ford eventually learns is his government employer, The Trust, is behind these attacks, and it's up to him to stop them.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the Nintendo Wii needs more experiences for the "hardcore" video game player.  Should this console cater more to that audience or do you think it should focus on family-friendly gaming?

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  • Since this is a first-person shooter game, is it too violent for kids? Does it matter that you are shooting aliens versus humans?

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