What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?