A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Base building mode encourages creativity and sharing, while raid mode promotes teamwork and strategy. The post-apocalypse story suggests humans are doomed to be the architects of their own destruction, but also that there will always be those willing to risk everything to save humankind.
Positive Role Models
The player's character is a bioengineered warrior whose sole mission is to locate and acquire genetic material to help find a cure to a disease that has destroyed humanity. As a silent hero, they don't show much in the way of personality or motivation, but their actions suggest traits including bravery and duty, as well as an unflinching willingness to kill in order to achieve their objectives.
The handful of humanoid characters in the game includes men and women with light and dark skin tones.
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Ease of Play
The controls are straightforward and intuitive, especially for veterans of first-person shooters. That said, it's a challenging game, forcing players to restart raids from scratch if they take even a single point of damage. Levels are all created by other players, resulting in an unpredictable range of difficulty.
Violence & Scariness
Players use sci-fi projectile weapons, a sword, and grenades to kill humanoid guards and disable mechanical traps that release arrows and thrust spikes. Successful hits often result in splashes of red blood and gore as defeated enemies fall to the ground and remain where they land. When players are attacked by enemies or killed by traps the screen turns red, then fades to black.
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Dialogue contains occasional mild profanity, including the word "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Meet Your Maker is a sci-fi first-person shooter and level-building game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Windows PCs. Players assume control of a genetically engineered soldier who must venture into a post-apocalypse wasteland to retrieve untainted genetic material in order to find a cure for a plague. The blocky, maze-like levels they explore are all created by other players and filled with humanoid monster guards and deadly traps that release arrows, spikes, explosives, and acid, all of which will instantly kill the player's character. Combat involves projectile weapons, swords, and grenades, with successful strikes often resulting in splashes of red blood, sometimes accompanied by bits of gore and viscera. The level building mode feels a bit like Minecraft, with players able to express creativity by placing blocks and objects at the tap of a button before sharing their work with the community. The game can be very challenging, with players forced to restart levels from scratch upon death.
Is It Any Good?
If you often fluctuate between wanting to shoot stuff and build stuff, this might be the game for you. Meet Your Maker's DIY design is weirdly compelling. You'll start by heading out into the wasteland to take on an outpost, which typically turns out to be a challenging bit of cautious movement and quick reflexes as you slowly peer around every corner to see what might be waiting and then dodge any attacks. You will die -- a lot -- and be forced to start levels over from scratch (though, thankfully, you can also opt to quit at any time and keep the treasures you've found). But you'll also learn a little more with each attempt, and, importantly, you can use those learnings once you get back to your own base and start designing your own outposts for other players. You'll start to think like a gamesmith, figuring out where players are least likely to look for traps and danger. And as you become a better builder you'll also become a better player. Everything feeds into this core loop, and it can be a lot of fun.
What can be a little less fun is the potential for repetition and frustration. Every level you play in the game has been built by another player, and they're not all good. Some levels are so easy you'll finish them in minutes, others will lead you on annoying wild goose chases. Some are just sort of ugly. It makes a player appreciate the skill and ability of a professional game developer. However, if you find a level that works -- one that's been designed fairly, flows well, and has a cohesive artistic style -- then everything just sort of clicks and play becomes almost zen. The raids become not only fun, but also give you ideas about how to level up your own outpost-design skills. Like most games reliant upon user-generated content, Meet Your Maker is a mixed bag, but when everything is clicking it can be a blast.
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