The Conduit

 
Solid first-person shooter with tamer violence than most.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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
Not applicable
Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:June 23, 2009
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Mild Language, Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old July 4, 2015
age 10+
 

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 it were all aliens but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! oh well.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old February 10, 2011
age 12+
 

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 the only blood is if you shoot someone up close.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byhappyharry September 1, 2009
age 7+
 

Great game

Its games like these that r rated teen and mature like halo. But i think the conduit shouldbe e or e10. All theweapons are from cartoons and all the enemies are aliens.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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