The Last Airbender
By Christopher Healy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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No blood, but loads of intense, nonstop fighting.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story is told from the point of view of Zuko -- the film's antagonist. You get to see why he makes the choices he does and see him as a three-dimensional character. As a result, the game gives the message of not judging a book by its cover.
Positive Role Models
Zuko is a complex character, with both good and bad traits. At times he is a force for good; at other times, he's just out for himself. Having him as the protagonist of the game may pose a moral challenge to players, but as he is ultimately not an evil character, it's nice for kids to get a nuanced portrait.
Ease of Play
Aside from some occasional camera problems, the control scheme works very well. Pulling off fighting moves -- especially powerful finishing moves -- is made exceptionally easy.
Violence & Scariness
The game contains loads of hand-to-hand martial arts combat, combined with magical elemental attacks (air blasts, fire balls, etc.). Fighters are often seen surrounded by flames. Characters sometimes yelp in pain when hit, and enemy characters often shout to one another to kill the protagonists. No blood is seen. Defeated characters vanish, turning into red and blue spheres that increase your character's health and energy. There are a few first-person segments, in which you shoot fireballs at enemies by aiming a cross-hair at them.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on the hit live-action film of the same name. Ads in the packaging, however, do not promote the movie -- they instead promote Last Airbender books and encourage kids to read.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the video game version of The Last Airbender tells the same story as that of the film is it based on, but from the perspective of that film's antagonist. It provides a nuanced portrait of Zuko, the main character, but he does not always act out of benevolent motives. Fighting is a constant in the game, but there's nothing too graphic. However, it may be too intense for the younger fans of this movie.
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What’s It About?
In THE LAST AIRBENDER, four warring nations -- each with different elemental powers (earth, air, fire, water) -- all seek to control the Avatar, a strange child who has the prophesied power to control all the elements. The game's story is told from the point of view of Zuko, the exiled prince of the Fire Nation, who seeks to get back in his tribe's good graces by capturing the Avatar on his own. You get to play as Zuko on some levels, and also as Aang, the Avatar. The game also offers a multiplayer arena mode, in which players do not fight each other, but compete to see who can defeat more enemies within the time limit.
Is It Any Good?
The Last Airbender is a fight-through-crowds-of-baddies, heavy action game. And while that type of gameplay can often grow tiresome after a while, this particular game handles the genre pretty well. First of all, the fighting controls are great, making it simple for even novices to take down hordes of villains (veterans can always up the difficulty to add more challenge if they want it). There are also some first-person targeting sections, and stealth sections filled with Prince of Persia-type wall jumping. All in all, this is a solid action game that Airbender fans should enjoy -- unfortunately, it may be too intense for the youngest of them.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Zuko's conflicted motives. Is he a hero or a villain? How do you feel when you have to play as Zuko, as opposed to when you get to play as the more obviously heroic Aang?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: THQ
- Release date: June 29, 2010
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: August 30, 2016
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