Tomb Raider – For Parents

There is a multiplayer aspect to the game, but multiplayer is always going to be something to your own discretion as the guardian of a minor. This game is rated M for Mature, 17+, and I would strongly urge you to consider whether your child is old enough to watch an “R” movie to determine whether they should play the game. 

Good:

Puzzle based gameplay encourages quick thinking. Lara will also explain the artifacts that she finds, including bits of Asian culture.

Bad:

Profanity- ranges from nonexistent to F- and S-bombs.

Violence- of course. Between puzzles there is a lot of shooting and fighting. There’s also quite a bit of gore as you crawl through severed limbs or swim through a river of blood. There are bodies and remnants of bodies from WW2 all the way back to a thousand years ago, whether all over the ground or tied to stakes.

Nudity- none. Lara remains fully dressed, even in pants instead of her traditional booty shorts.

There’s some sacrifice portrayed as well, such as when a character chooses to die rather than let Lara die, leaving their deaths on her conscience.

Bottom line: You should know your child and whether you think he or she is ready for that kind of violence and imagery. It is definitely the equivalent of an R rated action movie or even an action/horror movie in the gore aspect.

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