Transformers: Dark of the Moon

 
Movie spin-off with admirable heroes, realistic violence.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

In this game's story, the fate of the world is at stake. There is a group of evil robots called the Decepticons that aim to unleash destruction across the planet. However, the heroic Autobots step in to defeat the Decepticons and save Earth. Violence is involved, but it is a classic story of good versus evil, and there is no question that the 'good' side is the focus of this game.

Positive role models

Players are put in the role of the Autobots -- the good-hearted robot race that promotes kinship with humans. This group is led by Optimus Prime, who, despite being a robot, is just as much a role model superhero as any other comic book star.

Ease of play

This game uses a fairly straightforward control scheme for aiming, shooting, and using melee attacks. When there are a lot of enemy robots on the screen at once, or players are facing a challenging boss enemy, players need to use a strategy of defense and offense.

Violence

This game contains a lot of combat with machine guns, rockets, lasers, and other, fantastical weapons. Although all of the playable characters are robots, and humans are never the target of any violent actions, the game does take place in an urban, lifelike setting. Additionally, the realistic graphics add a level of intensity to the violence, especially during boss battles and cut-scenes where camera pans and close-up shots highlight the robotic combat.

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Consumerism

This is a video game version of the theatrically released movie of the same name, and is the latest in a long line of merchandising efforts in the Transformers series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is based on the movie of the same name, although in this game there is a stronger focus on the robotic battle sequences. Players use a variety of weapons, including machine guns and rocket launchers, to inflict damage on their enemies. Players never attack humans, but the realistic graphics and environment lend intensity to the violent content.

What's it about?

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is based on the movie of the same name, although the story is different. The game acts as a prequel to the film and is focused more on the tension between the two robotic races instead of their interactions with humans. In this game, the evil Decepticon robots, headed by their leader Megatron, have hatched a new plan to destroy the planet Earth, and it is up to the Autobots and the heroic Optimus Prime to foil these efforts and ensure the safety of the human race.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, players control Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots. Much of the game is spent running around the planet and taking out enemy robots. It is primarily a shooting game with a lot of frenetic action. Because of the larger-than-life robot characters, there is a bevy of explosions and mayhem, which makes it an exciting experience for those who can handle this kind of content.

There is, however, not much variety to the gameplay, and the story feels rushed and is certainly not as compelling as the actual movie it's based on.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violent content in this game. The combatants may be robots, but does that lessen the intensity of the violence?

  • Families can also discuss the sorts of lessons Optimus Prime might be able teach us. Can we learn anything of value from non-human protagonists?

  • Families can also talk about how playing a game is different than watching a movie based on the same story. How does this game compare to its silver screen counterpart?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:June 14, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old October 27, 2013
age 12+
 

Transformers Dark Of The Moon

This game is super cool
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 16 year old Written bydracoblade316 September 17, 2012
age 8+
 

An okay movie

The movie was okay, but could have been much better. The sexual content is moderate with one scene in the beginning and some fairly strong violence, but mainly just with the robots. There is a clear line between good and evil, and the autobots are very good rolemodels.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 8, 2012
age 10+
 

Dissapointing, but ok... NOT for anyone under ages of 10.

First thing to get out the way, violence. Well there is no shortage of it and well, it does not stop. It actually kind of surprised me. The story line is to short and online is boring and repetitive. Overall only get this if you are a big transformers fan. Good graphics though.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence

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