Thanks, just back from Asda where I came across Portal which looked OK. Beginning to waver slightly on Assassin's Creed. There does seem to be a gap in the market between the 7-11 and the 15+.
Yes, Sep, I agree about the social aspect and like DS playing on Skype with his friend and that seems good if you can mute others.
When we bought the X-box for the boys - I also thought there was a gap in the market. It doesn't seem to bend towards younger children. I too, said that they were not allowed to play Assassins Creed or COD when we first had it. I relented to peer pressure as DS kept moaning that he was the only one who wasn't allowed to play these games, I am now glad that I did because it has improved his social status amongst his peers and I do not believe has changed his character or personality. Eldest DS also has Assassins Creed but we hide this from his 11 year old brother!
DH tries the games first to make sure that they are OK and recommended that we mute the other gamers and the volume on the original COD games, although tbh, I'm sure the language is heard at school and on the bus - this is to make me feel better, I think!
I would not buy Grand Theft Auto from what I have heard about it - I know that other parents are of the same opinion. In fact, I was talking to a Year 10 boy today in class, who is also not allowed this game!
The add on Kinect to the X-box is great for playing games together as a family - you do end up jumping around the room (not particularly fond of the photographs you see at the end of the game though!!).
However, DS's friends do not connect and play these together on X-box live.
In fact, I had this dilemma in November last year - there is a thread on it and there were various responses:viewtopic.php?f=38&t=17590