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If your kids are at the age where you’re considering buying a game console, now might be the right time. Whether you want the immersive virtua…

Parents need to know that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a science fiction action/adventure game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. The game’s set within the expansive Star Wars universe, shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. Players take on the role of a young fugitive Jedi on a quest to try to rebuild and restore the Jedi Order. Action is constant, with frequent killing shown onscreen and some intense moments of violence in cutscenes, though no blood or graphic gore is shown. The game emphasizes timing in combat and presents a relatively high degree of challenge, especially at higher difficulty levels. The word “bastard” is heard in some dialogue.

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Parents need to know that “FIFA 20” is the latest installment in the long running soccer franchise for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game builds on the content of the previous year’s game, while also including a new street soccer mode for players that don’t always want to play in arenas. There’s no inappropriate content within the game, although the unmoderated gameplay during online matches could expose players to inappropriate content. Players will find product and company logos are on characters, as well as ads posted on billboards along the sidelines of the pitch. The game also comes in three separate modes, with each providing unique content, and while players can play to earn credits for the Ultimate Team, they can also pay real money for new gear, athletes, and items.

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Parents need to know that “NHL 20” is a hockey simulation game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect from a hockey simulation, gameplay can be mildly violent at times, such as body-checking someone or engaging in a fistfight on the ice (just like the real sport). No blood or gore is shown during these brawls. Players will also see a lot of ads for products like Gatorade, Tim Hortons, and others posted on arenas, on players, and even on the ice. Players will also have the option to pay real money to purchase players, gear, and other items for the Hockey Ultimate Team mode.

Parents need to know that “Outer Wilds” is a downloadable sci-fi exploration adventure game for Xbox One and Windows-based PCs. Players explore a star system, stuck in a time loop, uncovering clues to the situation and also using knowledge from previous loops to extend their exploration in later attempts. Gameplay’s relatively straightforward, but certain aspects, particularly flying, require extra practice and coordination. There’s little in the way of violence or blood, though the nature of the story means that the player will die frequently and start over without anything graphic or gory being shown.

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Parents need to know that “Devil May Cry 5” is an action adventure game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest installment of a popular franchise, and presents three anti-heroes as they fight demons both in the world and in a hellish landscape. Characters use swords, guns, magic, and other abilities to destroy creatures, who spray blood when hit. There are also impaled bodies, remains of people, and fountains of blood in cutscenes, as well as characters that are covered in blood as they move through some portals. There’s lots of swearing throughout the game, with “s--t,” “f--k,” and other words frequently stated in dialogue. Female characters are shown wearing revealing clothing, as well as partially nude and covered by slime; their buttocks can be seen. One character frequently smokes a cigarette, although the other characters disapprove, and a disclaimer states that the game doesn’t promote smoking or cigarettes. The game has multiple difficulty levels, and while players can button mash their way through some fights, it requires practice to learn and master the skills and fighting styles of each character in battle. That can frustrate some players, especially if they can’t master the combos and gameplay necessary to earn the top rank in battle, which provides bonus points.

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Parents need to know that “The Lego Movie 2 Videogame” is an open-world style action/adventure game available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game is based on the feature film of the same name, with players loosely following the events of the movie. Themes of friendship, teamwork, and helping others take center stage with players helping out characters by completing requests and missions. Players use a variety of special tools to scan, paint, and build Lego items, using their “Master Builder” skills to overcome obstacles. It’s a drastic change from previous Lego games and a more challenging and creative experience. There’s a fair amount of cartoonish violence and destruction, but nothing extreme or graphic. Instead, defeated enemies and destroyed objects simply break apart into Lego bits before vanishing from the screen.

Parents need to know that “Kingdom Hearts III” is an action-based role-playing game for the PS4 and Xbox One. The game has a strong focus on storytelling and an exceptional amount of commercialism. The combat is cartoonish and relatively mild, with swords in the shape of keys, and fantastical enemies that simply disappear when defeated. It also features powerful magical attacks that involve Disney theme park-style attractions, including roller coasters and swinging pirate boats. Between battles, players watch lengthy, non-interactive cut scenes where the heroes discuss varied issues ranging from what to do next in their struggle against an evil organization to issues about identity and self-worth. The main companions are an undeniably good and altruistic bunch who risk everything to help their friends. But this game is also essentially a commercial for all things Disney, with dozens of familiar characters and themed worlds designed to appeal to kids who love movies like “Toy Story,” “Hercules,” “Frozen,” and “Ratatouille.”

Parents need to know that “Resident Evil 2” is a violent and bloody action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest chapter in a long-running franchise that has spanned multiple games, toys, and movies. Using guns, explosives and knives, players kill zombies and other monsters, while the zombies and monsters use their teeth and claws to kill humans. All of this killing results in copious amounts of blood, gore, and dismemberment that are often shown in graphic detail. The dialogue includes the words “a--hole,” “s--t,” and “f--k.” There are also posters of women in bikinis hanging in an guy’s office.