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Hey everybody it is me John-boy. I am confronting the most controversial video game released in 2014 - Tropico 5. There have been hundreds of emails sent to Family Friendly Gaming complaining about Tropico 5. The majority of the emails want to know why Tropico 5 refuses to support traditional normal marriage? Why is it supporting redefining marriage?

The debate and controversy surrounding Tropico 5 continues to rage on. Supporters of Tropico 5 claim failing to enact the redefinition of marriage edict in Tropico 5 is showing support for traditional normal marriage. That is not exactly true. Look at all of the states in the United States that have defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. There have been many of them. So why doesn't Tropico 5 reflect that? Why is there no edict that allow us to show our support for the normal definition of marriage?

Family Friendly Gaming was provided a promotional copy of Tropico 5. So it has no real monetary value to it - if the FCC is curious. The value of this review is three times greater than what the non-promotion copies are selling for in retail outlets. And there is another topic of controversy surrounding Tropico 5 on the Xbox 360. It is rated PEGI 16, and ESRB 'T' for Teen. Why is that a big deal? Well in Europe this game is close to the ESRB 'M' rating (17+) than the ESRB 'T' for Teen rating (13+).

If your Xbox 360 is connected to the Internet, then you can download the DLCs Bayo Del Olfato, and The Big Cheese. Past Tropico video games had it included on the disc when it made it to the home consoles like the Xbox 360. I was a bit disappointed by that.

If you have played Tropico 5 before then you know what to expect. There are missions, and the sandbox. You can make Tropico 5 as easy or as difficult as you want. There are plenty of colorful comments made in Tropico 5. Some of them will definitely offend families.

Graphically the Xbox 360 version of Tropico 5 does not look as good as the Personal Computer. Which is to be expected due to the age of the Xbox 360. Players can zoom in and out to their hearts content. So you can witness all of the death from fighting or ignore it.

One of the best ways to stop the violence is to have your populace happy. Which can be difficult when different groups want different things. I like playing a Christian theocracy. Which made the lack of support for Biblical marriage even harder to swallow.

As an economic training tool, Tropico 5 is really good. All of those missions get in the way. Learning the menu structure in the Xbox 360 version feels strange. I did figure it out after a bit. I still had trouble finding where certain things were. Older members of the family should be able to get by. Especially with unlimited money and unlimited time.

I hope Kalypso Media and Haemimont Games can address the controversies surrounding Tropico 5. Right now I know there are hundreds of families so offended they will not even give this game a chance. In my opinion Tropico 5 loses more sales from these controversies than it gains.
- John


Graphics: 60%
Sound: 65%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 55%

System: Xbox 360
Publisher: Kalypso Media
Developer: Haemimont Games
Rating: ‘T’ - Teen - THIRTEEN and OLDER ONLY
{Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence}
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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