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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Crimsonland is a fast-paced downloadable third-person shooter game in which players control a lone human who must single-handedly kill increasingly frequent onslaughts of zombies and other creatures. All the action takes place in a zoomed-out third-person view, which makes the mob of enemies more visible, but it does reduce the visceral impact, since players don't see the intensity head-on. Nevertheless, it's difficult to compensate for the fact that enemy creatures explode with large pools of blood and indiscriminate pieces of flesh or insect parts. It's not uncommon to see the entire environment nearly covered in blood (hence the title). The game is so fast-paced that players tend to be more focused on completing the mission than looking at the surrounding gore, but the content's gratuity is difficult to overlook.
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What's it about?
In CRIMSONLAND, players control a single human character who finds himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. In addition to using guns and rifles to kill the hordes of undead, players also must destroy every monster, spider, and other creepy that comes their way. There's a campaign mode with dozens of levels and missions but no cohesive storyline tying everything together. You just shoot up everything on the screen.
Is it any good?
Crimsonland has a retro feel to it, almost like a recreation of a classic arcade shooting game. Of course, the graphics are modern (though not to the level expected from a PS4 title), and there's more customization in terms of weapon selection, but the basic premise is the same. This helps make the game easy and fun to pick up and play. Unfortunately, it misses out on the opportunity to go further. The gameplay is stale and repetitive; the large selection of levels offers some variety but only in how the enemies appear; and most of the levels are played in the same closed environment.
Even the game's features fall short. For example, players can choose from a veritable arsenal but likely will end up feeling unsatisfied, as there's little difference in the effectiveness or attack style of each weapon. The game does have a two-player cooperative mode, which adds an element of fun for those interested in zombie-destroying mayhem with a friend. But for the most part, the game ends up feeling like a shell -- albeit a blood-soaked one -- of what it should be.
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