Right now, the eldest is on this tear to play Transformers: Fall of Cybertron with me, because 1) he discovered I have the game and 2) it’s the Cybertron game with Dinobots. I have said no for several reasons, one of which being that I don’t want to play an Xbox 360 game. Oh, did you think I wasn’t selfish with my kids? That’s cute. I know I’m a selfish bitch sometimes when it comes to playing with my kids.
The biggest reason why I have said no is that those Transformers games are not a joke. That second one had one level that was so hard, I couldn’t not beat it on Normal. If I’m having trouble with a game even on Easy, I know he will. In addition, I know he does not have a lick of training when it comes to playing a third-person shooter. He can’t handle the shooting sequences in the Skylanders games; always asks the husband or I to play them for him because he can’t get aiming down. I explained that he needs to work on playing shooters before I’ll play a Transformers game with him.
But what shooters are out there that are appropriate for a 7-year-old? I know I don’t own a single one.
I was ordered by my boss on Friday to go pick up Mad Max for review. I went to my local Best Buy to see if they actually had new games (my Best Buy is so hit or miss when it comes to new game releases), and while I perused the entire video game department, I came across Splatoon. The eldest has been begging me for weeks to play this game thanks to the commercials that constantly run on Cartoon Network. Here’s a paintball-ish game that has third-person shooter elements, no blood, no bad language, and my reviewer friends have just raved about. I picked it up as well.
Needless to say, Splatoon has been on our TV all weekend long. He’s still not great at the game, although the campaign is more difficult than you would imagine, but he’s willing to practice and work on his skills. He had a couple of friends over, and they played the versus game for hours. I have to admit, it was a blast watching him plan out his attacks and his friends do the same. I can definitely see why this game has been so popular amongst my friends. I even have fun playing the versus mode and the campaign (because dammit, the campaign is TOUGH in some areas!).
So now I’m considering other Wii U games with can play together, such as Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.
for the Wii U.