Game Grand Theft Auto III
Console Playstation 2, PC
ERB Rating Mature
In A Nutshell Violence taken to the nth degree: Players roam Liberty City committing acts of depravity.
Will Kids Wanna Play It? Much to the dismay of parents and congressmen, yes. GTA3 is the forbidden fruit of all underage gamers.
Sexual Content No nudity, but much suggestive sexuality: Players cruise for hookers, and as they, uh, pump money into the economy, we see cars a-shakin’.
Violent Objectives Players commit armed robberies, carjackings, assassinations, and other less-than-wholesome activities.
Depictions of Violence Too many to mention.
Objectionable Words/Phrases/Stereotypes Ditto.
The Verdict Face it: GTA3 isn’t going away anytime soon. Parents should get into the practice of just saying no.
EW Rating 17 and up
Game Medal of Honor: Frontline
Console PlayStation 2
ERB Rating Teen
In A Nutshell War is hell in this amazingly immersive WWII historical action sim.
Will Kids Wanna Play It? Probably not. The game starts with a graphic Saving Private Ryan-style invasion. They’ll be begging to be shipped home.
Sexual Content None.
Violent Objectives Your soldier must complete various missions, most of which involve blowing away hordes of Nazis.
Depictions of Violence Nonstop shooting and explosions; many comrades in arms get blown up or shot to death.
Objectionable Words/Phrases/Stereotypes None, but the GI slang may confuse.
The Verdict Amazing production values may make its depictions of combat too intense for new recruits.
EW Rating 16 and up
Game Star Wars Jedi Knight II
ERB RATING Teen
IN A NUTSHELL In a galaxy far, far away, a Jedi picks a fight with the Empire – and rediscovers the Force.
WILL KIDS WANNA PLAY IT? Once they get their hands on a lightsaber, they’ll never want to put it down.
SEXUAL CONTENT None, but the Jedi and his female sidekick, Jann Ors, share a tender, though innocuous, embrace.
VIOLENT OBJECTIVES Pretty much every level in the game requires blowing up items and killing Stormtroopers and renegade Jedi.
DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE Explosions galore; limbs of enemies dismembered; hapless Stormtroopers frequently fall to their deaths.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES None; not even a ”Rebel scum!”
THE VERDICT A great SW game. A cameo by Lando Calrissian (by Billy Dee ”Works Every Time” Williams) is an added bonus.
EW RATING 13 and up
GAME RESIDENT EVIL
ERB RATING Mature
IN A NUTSHELL Some commandos are marooned in a mansion full of zombies, frenzied dogs, and other creepy creatures.
WILL KIDS WANNA PLAY IT? Yes. Guns and monsters are an irresistible lure.
SEXUAL CONTENT None.
VIOLENT OBJECTIVES Flesh-eating zombies don’t negotiate, so you’ll have to resort to shotguns and rocket launchers.
DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE Much decapitation and evisceration. Players must blow off the heads of zombies. Blood oozes, squirts, and drips all over.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES No more than an occasional damn.
THE VERDICT RE is a great – and gory – game. But the carnage could induce nightmares in the young and easily scared.
EW RATING 16 and up
GAME OUTLAW GOLF
ERB RATING Teen
IN A NUTSHELL Golf a la Happy Gilmore. Ex-cons, strippers, and other unsavories take their high jinks to the fairway.
WILL KIDS WANNA PLAY IT? No. They won’t get many of the game’s risque jokes (you hope). And the bawdiness notwithstanding, it’s still golf.
SEXUAL CONTENT Sexual innuendo; flirtatious golf babes display cleavage; such charming characters as ”El Suave” gyrate suggestively.
VIOLENT OBJECTIVES Thankfully, no violence is required to get the ball in the hole…
DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE …but duffers sometimes take out their frustrations on their clubs – and caddies.
OBJECTIONABLE WORDS/PHRASES/STEREOTYPES Salty but never profane.
THE VERDICT A raunchy and oversexed sports title with much ”fore!”-play. Call it par for the coarse.
EW RATING 17 and up