A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars contains plenty of combat using guns and explosives, but the fighting is tactical rather than visceral, with an emphasis on removing enemies from the play-field rather than racking up kills. There is no blood or gore, and only very occasional colorful language like "hell."
What's it about?
In TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON: SHADOW WARS, Ghost team -- an elite and secretive U.S. squad of special forces soldiers -- is sent in to respond to increasing military tensions in Eastern Europe as a megalomaniac Russian politician tries to manipulate his way into power and usher in a new Cold War. The player leads the six-member squad, who each have different specializations such as sniper, medic, and engineer, through a variety of missions to suppress bandits and henchmen and restore stability to the area. Play is turn-based and strategic. Players have a wide variety of weapons and special attacks, such as air strike, at their disposal. The action takes place on a grid with varying terrain that can be used to a player's advantage.
Is it any good?
Shadow Wars is an engaging turn-based strategy game whose thorough tutorial and three levels of difficulty make it accessible to newcomers as well as veterans. A meaty campaign mode offers a diverse set of well-designed scenarios, from building infiltrations to all-out assaults. There's also a multiplayer mode where two friends can play opposing sides by passing the 3DS back and forth. Graphics are only so-so, and the 3D effects are not impressive, but if you're looking for a solid portable strategy game rather than something to show off the 3DS's graphical effects, then Shadow Wars is an outstanding choice for teens and older.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of teamwork. What are some real-life examples of how people can use teamwork to solve a problem?
Families can also talk about tactical board games like chess, where each playing pieces has different attributes that can be used to win.
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