E for Everyone Video Game Reviews

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This article reports, not endorses or recommends, what’s hot
with preteens. 

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SSX

The Scoop: SSX, short for Snowboard Supercross,
is riding the chair lift to a new level in this game, named “One of
the Most Anticipated Games of 2012″ by 14 different gaming sites.
Gamers can snowboard the Alps, Kilimanjaro, Everest, even Vinson
Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica.

Our Take: With stunning detail where the
computer-generated mountains follow actual terrain, all the slopes
are designed as if players were physically whipping down the slopes
at 60 mph. It’s heart-pumping because players can drop from
helicopters, race avalanches, and navigate lava tubes of
snow-covered active volcanoes. Preteens will be pulled into the
easy controls and challenging game play. Available on the PS3 and
the Xbox. SSX is Rated E for Everyone.


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The Scoop: Nintendo’s Italian plumber returns
in this 3DS game, New Super Mario Bros. 2. Unlike last year’s Super
Mario 3D Land, the games in the New Super Mario series are more
akin to the 2-D, linear games of yesteryear. Nintendo is jumping
into digital distribution with this title; the game can be
purchased and downloaded without visiting any store.

Our Take: Nintendo promises a “pick-up-and-play
experience” for players of all skill levels. So, in classic Mario
fashion, expect the game to be easy enough for preteens to beat,
yet challenging for even adults to complete. This game is rated E
for Everyone.


SKYLANDERS: GIANTS

The Scoop: When Activision’s Skylanders:
Spyro’s Adventure video game released last year, it was a massive
hit with its collectable action figures that are used to unlock new
characters and save players’ progress. Now, Activision hopes to
continue trending with a console sequel for all major platforms.
These new action figures available for purchase will be twice the
size of the originals.

Our Take: We’re glad to hear that the action
figures we bought for the first game can still be used for this
sequel. Expect kid-safe, cartoon-style violence with bad guys
disappearing in a puff of smoke or explosion when defeated. This
game is rated E10+ (for Everyone 10 and older)

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