A parent's thoughts about Watch Dogs: Legion
I researched this game mainly because my child(aged 15 years) asked me to buy it. Since I researched the content in this game and I thought I would save some parents some time, and make a review on commonsensemedia.org. All of the inappropriate content is listed from the most severe, to the most minor.
Language: I saw the beginning of the game. The language was ridiculous! There wasn't one conversation clean enough for anyone to repeat! I researched thinking language like this was used throughout, and I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning was something called a scripted-cutscene. Language only occurs in a cutscene that everyone must see. Since the game gives you all the freedom to make your own choices and decisions, there are very little scripted-cutscenes, therefore making the language infrequent but very strong. I was still upset that the developers liberally put language throughout as it is easily my biggest pet-peeve. 4/5.
Violence: 50% of the time will be spent doing non-violent such as driving and recruiting people. The other 50% is violent activities. There are two types of violence, lethal and non-lethal. Non-lethal weapons are encouraged and the player will likely use non-lethal weapons most of the time. Sometimes use of lethal weapons is required. Even so when I watched my son play it, I was surprised to see no blood or gore. Based on the commonsensemedia.org review I expected the lethal-violence to be intense and bloody. Violence is mild and the only time lethal violence is required is in the beginning. The beginning is highest level violence you will ever see. I still thought the violence in some scripted-cutscenes had a slight spike in the average level of violence the player would see, but my statement of no gore and very little blood still stands. 3/5, max 4/5.
Drinking/Smoking: Some characters smoke and there are references to drugs and Marijuana. Your character doesn't take part in these but they are relatively frequent. 3/5(no more no less)
Sex:(Not an issue for anyone above the age of 12) I will not talk about this in detail because it may not be appropriate for children reading this. I My son is already 2 hours in and I didn't see a single sexual reference. I researched and found that human trafficking is mentioned and I watched the scene of which it was mentioned. It is likely your child won't know it is until he becomes an adult. Even so the reference is very mild and some player may not come across it because as I stated earlier the player makes their own choices and decisions.Sex is 1/5(no more no less)
Overall this a very mature game with mature themes. While I thought that no section crossed 4/5, the theme of the entire story is very disturbing because it talks about violent activism throughout. I feel that it paints a dark and disturbing picture unlike the vibrant watch dogs 2. The only positive I found in this game is, there are many puzzles throughout the combat and the player uses creativity throughout. Thank you and have great day!