According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Parents will certainly want to consider the M rating before grabbing this title for the kids. There's blood and guts, tons of violence, and some really rough language (including several F-bombs). All in all, this one isn't something for the younger gamer, and if the Mature rating weren't enough to convince you of that, the difficulty level surely will.
FPS fans can go one of two ways with this game: love it or hate it. Those used to playing run-and-gun shooters with a superhuman soldier as their avatar will be disappointed by the strategic gameplay and the fact that Baker can take about three shots before dropping. But gamers who are adaptable and looking for a more nuanced war experience should find much to enjoy.
Casual gamers will certainly enjoy the game. Yes, it can be difficult, but it's relatively short and easy to play in brief bursts. Plus, the amount of customization and a built-in feature that restores the squad to full health after repeated deaths means that pretty much anyone can get through the game with a little patience.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers should take a cautious approach. On the one hand, the dialogue does have a subtitle option in the menu. This means that all the cutscenes feature full subtitling. However, the in-mission segments don't have subtitles—which isn't a huge deal, but does mean players will miss out on hearing their squad members shout. There's rarely anything vital in these exchanges, but not hearing them (or being able to read them) would certainly lessen the effect of the game as a whole.
A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.
Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.
In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.