According to the ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence

Parents should be aware that The Bouncer features large amounts of hand-to-hand combat, both in gameplay and during the cinemas. There are also a few scenes which might be a little graphically intense for younger players, with the most notable being a graphic death scene. There are a small handful of words which might be questionable, though nothing overtly offensive. There are no scenes of nudity or sexual content.

Gamers in general should be aware that no matter how theyve seen it advertised, or what the clerk at Electronics Boutique says, The Bouncer is NOT a game—its an interactive movie. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in experiencing, it comes highly recommended. If you're looking for a solid beat-em-up to get your thumbs blistered and your blood pumping, youd better look elsewhere. Also, be aware that the entire game can be seen and every feature completely unlocked in less than eight hours, or even faster if you skip the cinemas.

Gamers on a budget might want to rent instead of buy.

Square fans who are expecting some form of RPG with action bits will be disappointed since The Bouncer strays far afield from the 50-hour fantasy dramas Square is usually known for. RPG elements present are minimal and mainly related to unlocking special moves. However, the disc does feature the most coherent, well-told and compelling story Square's produced in several years, and the characters are quite good.

Fans of cinema sequences are in for a real treat since theres a TON here which look great and develop the plot in a wonderful fashion, especially when you play through once with each character to get the entire story. The Bouncer is eye candy of a superior order.

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