And from the FAQ page:
- Conduct physical & spiritual warfare using the power of prayer to strengthen your troops in combat and wield modern military weaponry throughout the game world.
- Recover ancient scriptures and witness spectacular Angelic and Demonic activity as a direct consequence of your choices.
- Control more than 30 units types - from Prayer Warrior and Hellraiser to Spies, Special Forces and Battle Tanks!
Have you made any efforts to tone down the violence in the game?It's pathetically easy (and getting easier) to take shots at the state of 21st century evangelicalism. But here's the point. Many things that masquerade under the name of Christianity or under one of the popular brand names in evangelicalism have very little to do with the Christian message. For that matter, they have very little to do with the Christian God. And I think that's being generous.
We expect our game to be rated “T” and be widely accepted by the mainstream and Christian marketplaces, just as they have accepted Star Wars games which are “T” for teen rated. Think of the “T” rating in games like the “PG-13” rating in movies.
Why does this game have to contain violence at all? Why is it necessary for a fun and successful game?
Violence is not required to make a fun game. However, it is required to make a game about the end of the world in the Left Behind book series. We have taken great care to make certain that there are real consequences for poor gamer behavior, unlike most games in the market. For instance, unnecessary killing will result in lower Spirit points which are essential to winning.
Are you concerned that the Christian community won’t want a game in their home where lives are taken and people get killed?
Absolutely not. How often do you hear about the Christian community up in arms about PG-13 movies? I suppose there might be a very small number that do, but we do not expect this represents the majority of the mainstream and Christian marketplace.
How does your game compare to more widely known games such as Grand Theft Auto or 25 to Life?
LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces was developed to provide an alternative form of entertainment to those desiring more positive game content, while still engaging core gamers in battle. The difference is that our game features fictional battles set on the stage of an apocalyptic world. Our game includes no intestines, no blood spatter, no severed limbs, no vulgar language, no sexual conduct, no morally reprehensible conduct – such as cop-killing, prostitute-bashing, or other criminal behavior, no Bible-bashing believers, no Bible thumpers, no radical extremists killing in the name of God, no abortion clinic stalkers…or other such content in the games you mention.
Are guns used by Christians against non-Christians? Why or why not?
The storyline in the game begins just after the Rapture has occurred – when all adult Christians, all infants, and many children were instantly swept home to Heaven and off the Earth by God. The remaining population – those who were left behind – are then poised to make a decision at some point. They cannot remain neutral. Their choice is to either join the AntiChrist – which is an imposturous one world government seeking peace for all of mankind, or they may join the Tribulation Force – which seeks to expose the truth and defend themselves against the forces of the AntiChrist.
So if you recoil in horror at this—one more step in the church's purpose-driven slouch towards Laodicea, consider seriously what is the motivation behind Left Behind video games. I see little evidence that it is anything other than niche marketing to materialistic, entertainment-driven Christians. Just because it's in a religious bookstore or a religious catalog, it's a novel with religious characters, or it's music with religious words, does not mean it's Christian.
Sometimes people protest that Christian/church culture critics are too harsh and strident and hyper-critical. Sometimes they are. Sometimes I am. My sense, however, it that there are more people being duped by this drivel than there are people going too far in exposing it.