Summer video game guide: What gamers should be playing, and what parents should know

By Jonathan Deesing

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, May 10 2012 3:37 p.m. MDT

A mainstay in the sports games arena, you can count on “Madden NFL 13” to be just as good as its previous installments with a number of improvements. This time around, EA Sports has added even more commentator dialogue (always appreciated after you’ve heard the same commentary a thousand times), new cutscenes and uniform options. For the more obsessed, EA has also tweaked the gameplay to accommodate the most picky of players. More quarterback dropbacks have been added, the passing mechanic has been tightened to the point that you can choose which shoulder of your receiver you want the ball on, and more than 400 receiver animations have been added. For anyone who’s still playing “Madden NFL 12” and wondering if they need the newest game, the answer is likely a resounding “yes.”

Sept. 4: "Far Cry 3" — Xbox 360, PS3 (Rating Pending)

Rounding out the summer of sequels, "Far Cry 3" looks to expand upon the gameplay of "Far Cry 2" with an open-world sandbox type of gameplay (go anywhere, do anything; think "Infamous" or "Grand Theft Auto"). In this installment, you assume the identity of a tourist who has been separated from his girlfriend on a string of warring islands. You’ll have to work with myriad depraved and violent individuals in order to find your lady and get off the island. "Far Cry 3" will be a first-person shooter, so it should be familiar to fans of "Halo" or "Call of Duty." Also, like previous games in the series, you can expect ubiquitous violence, sex and foul language.

Video game ratings: What they are and what they mean

E (Everyone) — Little to no objectionable content. May include some cartoon/fantasy violence or mischief. May include some mild language, but it would be rare.

E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) — Similar to E-rated titles but with more frequency of cartoon/fantasy violence and mild language.

T (Teen) — Aimed at gamers 13 years or older, T-rated games will have some violence, some mature language, possible drug and alcohol use or references, possible sexual references and portrayal of common vices (gambling, tobacco, etc.).

M (Mature) — Mature-rated games are meant for gamers 17 years or older. These games may contain graphic violence, heavy use of mature language, nudity, sexual content or other objectionable content.

— Jeff Rivera, for the Deseret News

Nationally unacclaimed freelance writer Jonathan Deesing has been writing for dozens of weeks. His professional knowledge ranges from skiing to Peruvian history and, of course, anything with buttons.

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