G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
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Game Reviewed: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Double Helix Games
Platform: Xbox 360 also available on (PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS)
ESRB Rating: T
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YO JOE! Almost as familiar as the sage like advice of “Knowing is half the battle.” This movie adaptation does true justice to the Joe Corp. This game is based in the very beginning of the GI Joe legacy. The elite members of GI Joe begin to discover that there is a mysterious group called Cobra that is out to rule the world. Their mission is to stop Cobra’s plan and discover who the key leaders are of the organization.
There are sixteen playable characters that unlock as the gamer progresses through each level. Fans can play as Duke, Scarlett, Snake Eyes and others throughout the GI Joe adventures. Each of the characters is classified into three groups: Commandos, Combat Soldiers and Heavys. Each one has a specific talent and abilities that will need to be used in order to advance through certain parts of the levels. The gamer must also choose two characters to play in each level; one they will control and one the computer will control. A fun feature of the gameplay is that the gamer will be able to switch seamlessly from one character to the next.
The story mode is not totally linear meaning that you can have a bit of freedom to choose which levels to play. The gamer, however, must complete certain levels to advance into the bonus missions which are necessary to completing the story mode. The story mode continues where the movie left off but it is not necessary to see the movie to enjoy the game.
What Parents Need to Know
This game is played from a third person point of view. There is no blood or gore in this game. The bodies of the enemies disappear fast and are not left lying around the level. The game revolves around military based weapons and hand-to-hand combat violence. Sometimes the Joes are fighting robots, sometimes it is humans, though it is hard to tell the difference.
The only inappropriate word I heard was Dammit. It can be heard about five times throughout the game.
Some of the female characters have tight fitting clothing.
There is no spirituality content in this game.
Something parents might enjoy, which is a rarity in the video game world, is the public service announcements from the original G.I. Joe 80’s cartoon. These videos which are unlocked through gameplay teach the gamer how to be safe and help others. They are worth the watching for sure.
I enjoyed playing all the different characters in the game. The story line was great and gets any person up to speed on the GI Joe story. The variations between the characters ability allowed me to have a little strategy going into each level. It was good to have to consider who I was selecting before I went into a mission. The characters remain true to their origins and go a long way in making the game fun. I would recommend this game as a long term rental; unless you grew up with GI Joe then I would recommend it as a purchase. With the exception of some minor language and mild violence, it is very clean in content as well.