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March 29, 2013

Crysis 3 Areas of Concern


(NOTE: Very important update on Monday. Tune in then!)

The Six Trillion Dollar Man with his trusty weapon: a bow and arrow.

Reviewed by: Kyle van Rensburg

Name: Crysis 3

Release Date: March 2013

Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC.  
 
Intro:




Prophet returns in the third and possibly final instalment in the Crysis franchise, to not only kill aliens.....but to kill a really big alien called the "Alpha-Ceph".

Along the way, he meets up with Psycho from the first Crysis, and with Karl Rasch, the inventor of the high-tech nanosuit which Prophet is embedded in.

It's up to these guys to stop.......the end.......of.......the......world!

Yeah, typical Hollywood blockbuster story. Anyways, time for the Areas of Concern! 
 

Areas of Concern:


Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

General Violence:

A lot of frantic, sci-fi violence with some blood and goo, and a lot of explosions and destruction.

--Many soldiers, aliens, and people are killed during the course of the game.

They can be shot: When this happens, blood sprays, staining the environment, and cries of pain are heard. Some of the aliens explode into gooey body parts. You can also shoot them using a bow and arrow: A splat sound is heard, and we see the dart sticking out of them.

Your character can sneak up on enemies and break their necks or stab them with blood spraying and crack being heard. You can also throw or kick objects at enemies, sending them flying and killing them.

You can throw grenades at them or shoot them with explosive arrows: An explosion occurs, and the enemy is flung backwards. Some of the arrows can also electrocute enemies; they flail around and gurgle in pain.

--We see some environments stained with the blood of the dead, and some dead bodies lying around.

--When you are killed, your character simply falls over, dead.

Storyline Violence: 

--There are several sequences where explosions go off, knocking people back and destroying the environment with wreckage everywhere. And when I say "destroying the environment", I mean there's a lot of destruction going on. Whole chunks of cities are blown up in some setpieces. Aircraft and vehicles are shot down, with lots of explosions.

--A few enemy soldiers are set on fire and they collapse after a bit of screaming. 

--A man screams horribly as his nanosuit is forcibly removed from his body. 

--A man, who is half-alien, shoots electricity beams at a few people, and one of them is killed by it, jerking backwards and then collapsing.

--A big alien is blown up, with explosions being seen, and a few smaller aliens nearby explode with goo spraying. 

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Nothing.

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Frequent Strong Language: Uses of F**k, (Motherf****r) S**t, (Bull***t) Pr**k, B**ch, B**l**ks, B**t**d, A*s, (A**hole) P**s, C**p, H**l, D**n, Wanker, and Twat.

--God and Jesus' name are used in vain.

Spiritual Content:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--Some references to evolution and millions of years. 

--We see the following symbols:

-The "heart".

-Five point star.

--Your character, whose name is Prophet, experiences "Visions" of an impending apocalypse, and we see a few flashes of said apocalypse during the course of the game.

His visions are never explained, so it's unknown if it's genuinely supernatural or just something that was implanted into his mind.
  
--There is a mention of False Memories and Dissociative Identity Disorders occurring near a facility. This may not be spiritual, but it is of note.

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Nothing.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Typical action movie level morality: Shoot the bad guys, good guys are good guys. The end.

Thoughts & Impressions:


Crysis 3 is surprisingly entertaining, and it manages to bring the trilogy to an effective conclusion.

The whole game is a big dumb rollercoaster filled with action and explosions, but it's definitely better than Crysis 2's overly complicated story which fell far short of it's intended goal.

The setpieces were great, the graphics are unsurprisingly awesome, and it features a decent, if simplistic story. The ending was nothing special, but it actually felt like a good ending. There are some problems with it, which I won't talk about since it goes into spoilers.

So there you go, it seems like the third and probably final instalment in the Crysis series delivers, even if it's nothing special and you'll probably forget about in a month or two. 


The swearing is the biggest problem, and let's face it, it was wholly unnecessary. Besides the barrage of F-bombs, this game is surprisingly mild.

The violence is not that bad, still violent, but nothing too graphic for your average teenager.

The references to visions that Prophet has may be a problem, but it was too vague to be explained as supernatural, so I'm going to give it a pass this time. Just be forewarned of the overtones, though.

Verdict: 17+

Mature Gamers Only

(For Frequent Strong Language and Spiritual References

Outro:

Nice and short this time, not a lot of content to cover, and I just had coffee. I'm very happy, and I hope you are too with the review. (Ugh, rhyme.)

I'll see you guys next time I review, which may or may not be next week. Mark (ZIG) will probably take over then, or I hope so at least.

Agh, busy busy busy! See you next time!

Writer Bio:

Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of Kyle's Christian Video Game Reviews. (KGR) He likes cookies.

March 25, 2013

SLIGHT DELAY + COMMENTS

I got a spot of bad news: My review won't be posted on Wednesday, instead it will be posted on Friday. (March 29)

This is due to some heavy work over here on my side, and related to some internal going-on's with the blog staff. I won't give any more details than that.

In the meantime, I hope this slight delay is not too much of a disappointment, it's just that I prefer to review a game properly instead of sloppily, so that's my reason for the delay. Once again, I don't like it, but I feel it's better this way.

With that out of the way, we can talk about something else: I have gotten a large amount of nasty comments this week, by someone who is unfortunately not saved and wants to change the entire style of the blog around to not reporting facts about the blog and instead focusing on the positive content.

I cannot do this, because the blog is about informing Christians what type of content is in a game, and I don't want to go finding Christian themes and Christ-figures in games that don't genuinely have them.

It's unfortunate that we as a blog are in a tight spot, facing attacks from both sides of the scale, Christian and not. 

But I hope that at the end of the day, Jesus gets the glory. No one else.    

March 20, 2013

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Areas of Concern


Everyday I'm slicing-ing. *Cue funky music*
Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg


Name: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Release Date: February 2013 

Platform(s) Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Intro: Raiden's back, with a blade and a bad attitude....and a man with a blade and a bad attitude doesn't do wanders for a game's age restriction.

Raiden's second starring role sees him going to some African country, getting his rear end handed to him on a silver platter, and then going straight back into action, slicing apart anyone who gets in his way. That's the basic plot. There are several other plot points, but I won't spoil them for you........if you can stand the violence and play this game, that is.

Below is a complete Areas of Concern on just how intense the violence gets, and if there's anything else Christians, or Christian parents, have to be concerned about. I hope you enjoy

Areas of Concern:


Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

General Violence:

--Many enemies are sliced with a sword: Large amounts of blood sprays out, staining the environment, cries of pain are heard, and dismemberments occur, which are focused on in slow-motion with a precise cutting feature, in which you strategically chop up enemies into several pieces, which is focused on for long.

We see lots of detail in the gore, and enemies arms, legs, torsos, and heads can be cut off and sliced in half, with  a lot of blood spraying, staining the environment, and ragged flesh is shown. Some of the enemies crawl around after losing their legs, and still try to attack you.

The Cyborgs have artificial spines, which your character grabs after cutting them in half, and he crushes it with goo spraying.

Some of the enemies take chainsaws and swords to your character in close-up, with a lot of blood spraying on the camera.

--One type of enemy is a robot with organic legs filled with blood. Your character can slice the limbs apart, and jump on the robot's head and stab it multiple times in rapid succession, with blood spraying everywhere and on the camera. 

--There is also a lot of violence against robots, with pieces of them getting chopped off with explosions occurring.

--When the player is killed, he simply falls over, dead. 

Storyline Violence:

--The detailed dismemberments also occur in the storyline, with numerous characters inflicting injury upon each other. There are some very sadistic enemies who take pleasure in the extreme killings.

--A man has his eye sliced out, with blood spraying and dripping on the floor, and his arm is cut off, with the limb being sent flying and blood spraying from the bloody stump in slow-motion. He stumbles around for a while, blood dripping from his arm for an extended period of time.

--In one scene, a man "shaves" a guy with a blade, and blood leaks out onto it. He then stabs the guy, and a lot of blood bursts out in slow motion, staining a man's face.

--A man suddenly flips out and dissociates into another personality, one that enjoys killing. He is stabbed in the abdomen with a sword, but he pulls it out with a lot of blood spraying and chops a few people up with more blood sprays. 

From then on, you can activate the mode which makes your character super-aggressive and eager to kill. 

--Two men have a long and drawn out fight, with lots of stomping, punching, and cries of pain. After a while, the fight gets a lot more intense, and lots of big objects and wreckage are thrown around, and they punch and hit each other hard.

When the fight reaches it's climax, one man stabs the other with a sword, pulls it out, slashes him, and then punches him in the stomach with blood spewing out. He then pulls out his fist, and we see a mechanical heart with bloody sinew on it. He crushes the heart, and blood sprays on his face.

--There are several sequences where explosions occur, knocking people back and sending them flying, and several over-the-top sequences with giant robots getting cut in half, buildings flying around, (No, that's not a typo) and your character runs over missiles to destroy robots and helicopters. (No, not a typo either.)

--It is implied that an organisation has been harvesting organs from kids. In one later scene, we see a few kids choke and pass out from a chemical, and it's implied that they died later on.

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--A man stares at a few suggestive anime pictures, but no nudity or anything is shown. 

--A woman wears a very form-fitting suit, and the camera lingers on her a bit.

--A man mentions that people are too busy fretting over sex (amongst other things) to care about children getting killed.
 

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Swear Words: Infrequent Strong Language. Uses of F**k, S**t, D**k, B**ch, A*s, B**t**d, H**l, and D**n.

--God and Jesus' name is used in vain on occasion.

Spiritual Content:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--We see the lightning symbol. (Probably should explain what it means: It is symbolic of Lucifer falling from Heaven)

--An enemy makes a remark: "Free will is a myth, Religion is a joke." 

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy 

--We see some advertisements for wine.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

While Raiden has good intentions, it's kind of hard to justify his extreme methods of killing, even if it is for the greater good. Raiden himself states that he was a killer from the beginning, and gets off by killing people.

Themes:

Child Soldiers, Violence, War, Morality of Violence towards enemy soldiers, Memes, War Economy, Conspiracies.

Thoughts & Impressions:


Okay, so first thing's first: The game is super-fun to play, that much I can say....even though I just watched the entire game's playthrough. Well, I may need to play it first, but impressions like this are almost never wrong. It looks amazing.

And then there's the conflicting moral statements. At one point in the game, it tries to guilt you about what you've done, the morality of your character, and it's actually pretty deep and powerful......and then the game just goes on and you're back to slashing mooks apart in glorious slow-motion.

It's contradictions like these that break the game's otherwise solid story. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has the touches of Metal Gear, but without the unnecessarily long cutscenes.

To top it all off, it looks like the final boss fight is actually challenging and epic, which is really something since most games feature easy final bosses.

So, is this game good? Well, it certainly looks that way. Filled to the brim with fine action, this game definitely succeeds in it's goal to entertain you.


This is a bit of a tricky one. I'm generally less harsh towards violence, but in this game, it's gratuitous, but to the point of being just plain silly. There's a lot of blood and gore, which will deter most people. Additionally, the combat is set to punk/hard rock, so that may be a cause for concern for very conservative people, as the game looks like an all out bloodfest with no mercy.

Regardless, this game should be okay for people who can stand the violence.......the few that can.

Verdict: 17+

Mature Gamers Only (MA)

(For Exaggerated Gory Violence and Infrequent Strong Language)


Outro:

So that's it, I hope Raiden's second solo game will please the few Christian fans that can stand the violence, and that you enjoyed the review.

I will see you guys next week with some more reviews, right here, on KGR!

(Yes, yes, the logo needs changing.)  

Writer Bio:

Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of Kyle's Christian Video Game Reviews. (KGR) He likes cookies.

March 18, 2013

UPDATE + QUESTION

Hello, everybody! I've been a bit unplugged this week, more busy with friends and family, so my blog hasn't been on my mind all week.

But I'm back, and actively busy working on my Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Areas of Concern. I hope that all goes well and it's up on Wednesday.

Tomb Raider/Crysis 3 is next, and I'm waiting for BioShock Infinite so that I can review that.

That's pretty much all the news for the reviews, so now I want to ask my blog followers a question: Would it be okay for me to just post random opinion pieces on Mondays along with my updates, stuff like what kind of TV I'm watching, what I've been doing off the site, and just kinda random gaming and non-gaming related stuff?

I'm asking because whenever I try to make an article, I hit a stone wall and don't know what to talk about, since everything has to be gaming-related.....or I think it has to be, I don't know, should it be?

What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments below and let me know!

Ugh, I hate rhymes......