Halo 4 launched on Nov. 6 (Photo : 343 Industries)
Halo 4 launched in early November amidst clamorous hype, and was well-received by critics as Master Chief returned to the Xbox 360 for the first time since 2007's Halo 3. Microsoft's new trilogy is largely a hit among gamers, but video games can be somewhat of an enigma to concerned parents.
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In response, Latinos Post has collected a series of reader reviews from Common Sense Media, a site "dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology."
By and large, parents suggest that Halo 4's M rating is deceptive and note that the violence found in the game is largely understated and inoffensive.
Willi3m writes, " I watched my son play through the game and it was not that violent. The hand-to-hand combat wasn't brutal like other games. I think this game should be rated Teen as should all of the Halo games."
CMY666, a mother of a 12 year-old, 14 year-old, and a 16 year-old, calls Halo 4 "a spectacular game. They all enjoy this game very much and play it with my husband. Before any of my kids knew about Halo, I was worried about getting it for them because a lot of people had said that it was an 'M' game."
MayaHaydon100 adds, "[Halo 4] teaches team building and maybe even a little bit of reflexes too. I give this game 5 stars, fair for learning, positive role models (Master Chief), watch out for a little bit of violence, and it's a FPS, so parents out there who don't like FPS's look out for that."
Lastly, Montessorimother argues that "The best part is that the blood is optional, but the blood isn't that bad because it is very colorful. Halo 4 is a game that should be rated T for teens, not M for mature."