Unit 13

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Intense military shooter rewards shots to the head.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a military shooter, where you defend the free world from terrorist organizations. However, you're supposed to shoot-to-kill across varied missions, so the overall message isn't that positive.

Positive role models

You don't know much about the six different agents -- all of whom are part of the "Unit 13" military and intelligence group -- but you are assigned to take down a terrorist organization through violent means. Some people may feel these characters aren't positive role models, while others will believe they're heroes as they're protecting the free world (and without the recognition).

Ease of play

The game's controls take some getting used to but prove intuitive after a short while. Unit 13 takes advantage of the PSVita's dual analog sticks and the front and rear touch pads. A tutorial mission teaches all the basics.

Violence

In this third-person shooter, you will take down malevolent organizations intent on causing terror and harm using a variety of weapons -- sniper rifles, machine guns, pistols, and grenades -- to kill human enemies. Extra points are awarded for performing "headshots." You can also use melee weapons, such as knives, to stab and kill bad guys. Blood can be seen and screams of pain can be heard. Players can also play with others cooperatively online to take down the baddies.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The words "ass," "bastard" and "bitch" can be heard in the dialogue. Plus, the game supports multiplayer matches with voice support, so those who play online might hear profanity, too.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are some references to drug lords and drug trafficking in one or two of the missions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Unit 13 is a third-person shooter made exclusively for the PlayStation Vita. Players assume the role of a covert military agent, who uses all kinds of weapons to take down a terrorist organization, including pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles and grenades. Players are rewarded for successful headshots. It's also possible to use melee weapons, such as knives, to stab and kill bad guys. Human enemies often splash blood and they often shriek in pain. The game also has some profanity and drug references.

What's it about?

Created specifically for Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming system, UNIT 13 is a modern-day military shooter played from a third-person perspective. You play as one of six members of a covert military and intelligence group known as \"Unit 13,\" who must complete 45 action- and tactical-heavy missions in a number of indoor and outdoor environments.

Along with the solo campaign, the game supports a two-player cooperative mode over Wi-Fi, which includes full voice chat support via the PSVita’s built-in microphone. Unit 13 also features an in-game scoring and rating system, which can be used to compete with others, plus there are daily missions to keep things fresh, as well as rare HVT (\"High Value Target\") challenges.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Unit 13 is a thrilling third-person military shooter that plays like a cross between Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and more "stop and pop" shooting games (like Gears of War 3) that has you hide behind objects, such as walls and crates, and pick the right time to return fire with enemies. While some of the enemy A.I. is questionable, the tense solo missions are varied -- falling into categories like "covert," "deadline," "direct action," and the very tough "elite" -- while the online multiplayer mode, clever scoring system, and leaderboards expands the game's playability and longevity even further.

While not quite as good as Sony's Uncharted: Golden Abyss, this B+ grade PlayStation Vita shooter is fun and frantic. Along with the aforementioned shortcomings, the $40 price tag for this game is also an issue; a mobile game that costs almost as much as a home-based console game is outrageous, so players might want to pick it up as a weekend rental.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why a game like UNIT 13 was rated "Teen" instead of rated "Mature" (for players 17 years of age or older)? Is it because there's no gore or strong profanity in this game? Or should performing headshots and seeing blood warrant an "M" rating, anyway?

  • What is the impact of violence in video games? Does it matter that you are shooting terrorists versus innocent bystanders?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:March 6, 2012
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Drug Reference, Mild Language, Violence

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Teen, 16 years old Written byGame master May 28, 2012
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Brilliant game!

I think it is a brilliant game and it will keep you entertained for a long time. Hasn't got much blood as it only has a little squirt when someone gets hit. Overall a brilliant game with few blood aperences
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Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 August 6, 2013

what they didnt tell you

i bet they didnt say its rewards you for not killing as well its called non lethal bonus i reckon this game is for age 12 and up
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Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old April 30, 2012

How come CSM now defends the protagonists of this military shooter but not all other shooters?!

This really annoys me, because how about Battlefield or Operatio Flashpoint? CSM never defended the protagonists of those games. So why now? Anyway the game is decent, but the violence is slightly graphic
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Too much violence

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