Questions of the Month for April 2015

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Each month we field all manner of different questions on askaboutgames. Some people have intricate queries about particular games while others want to know which console will be best for their family. Here are our picks this month.

 

Question: I have bought a PS4 in USA with a game inside, the game name is ‘Last of US’ . But I am living in Europe and I could not download the game with code that i found in the box. Is there any region restriction for the game called ‘Last of US’

Answer: Although physical discs are not usually region locked on the PlayStation, download codes are designed for specific regions. If you setup a US PSN account you should be able to download the game.

 

Question: Will LEGO Dimensions be compatible with the Wii or Wii U? How many extra packs will you need to complete the game?

Answer: Currently LEGO Dimensions is announced for the Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS4 but not the Wii. Like other toys to life games, you are likely to be able to finish the main game with just the starter pack. Additional LEGO Dimension packs  and characters are nice optional extras purchased separately. More details will be announced as we get closer to its September 27th release date.

 

Question: What do you need to do to get  two players on Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures.

Answer: To play Skylanders with two players you need the game console, the starter pack itself and two game controllers. Then simply place two Skylanders on the portal and click start on the other controller.

 

Question: How many hours a week should children play video games? Should children play it everyday?

Answer: The number of hours of appropriate screen time will vary depending on the family, age of the child and other factors. As with other screen use a good rule of thumb is to take a break every 45 minutes and play games as part of an active healthy lifestyle.

 

Question: Will a PS4 Trap Team Starter Pack work on a PS3?

Answer: Although the PS3 portal can be used on the PS4 you will need another copy of the game disc itself to play the game.

 

Question: I do not know how to play a game purchased on the PlayStation store. I have purchased it but cannot find it to play?

Answer: The game will appear in your download list and then in your games list once downloaded.

 

Question: Is Borderlands (the game franchise in general) a suitable game for my recently 14 year old son? He’s been begging me for months now about the Handsome Jack Collection which contains Borderlands 2 are Borderlands the Pre Squeal, is this a game he should be allowed?

Answer: We provided a 2 Minute Video-Game to Borderlands, PEGI rate it as suitable for 18 years olds and over. “It contains: Extreme violence – Multiple, motiveless killing – Violence towards defenceless people – Strong language – Content that teaches or encourages gambling. This game allows the player to interact with other players ONLINE”

 

Question: My stepson has a Wii Skylanders Giants set, he was given a Swap Force character will this work with the giants set up?

Answer: The character can be used in Giants if it is one of those that already existed in the earlier game. If it is a swapper character or a new character it won’t work. The characters that will work will have a “Series X” logo on the packaging.

 

Question: I want to know how much time spend my children at PS4. In the Wii there is place that tells me but I can’t find it in the PS4, can you help me?

Answer: Some PS4 games will record this information in the save file. If you start the game and go to Load a saved game this screen will display total elapsed time in most cases. Note that this is a developer option and may not be comprehensive.

 

Question: I was wondering what the laws surrounding under-age children playing 18 rated video-games were. Recently a school has sent letters out saying that police will be called if students are found playing violent games.

Answer: The law applies to the supply of a physical game disc in exchange for money in a shop. PEGI ratings are there for this purpose and to advise parents about the content in the game so they can make an informed decision.

 

Question: What is the age PEGI rated Teen.

Answer: Teen is a ESRB rating for the US, in the UK PEGI rates games for 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 year olds.

 

Check back next month for more great questions from readers, and our best attempts to answer. If we’ve missed anything in our responses this month, why not fill in the gaps in the comments. Also, you can ask your questions here.

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