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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Innovative shooter has brutal violence, intense profanity.

Game PlayStation 5 , Windows 2021
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Nowhere near a masterpiece but fun

Much more combat focused than its parent series Dishonored; violence, blood, mid level gore (decapitations and limb dismemberment) and profanity is constant and plentiful; albiet the game has a somewhat cartoonish art style and the enemies teleporting back to the past upon death cleans up the carnage fairly quickly. Quest design is nowhere near as dynamic and open as the concept would have you believe but its still solid. The AI is utterly terrible but work is being done on it as of late. Also the PC version is kinda busted.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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There's a lot to love but also a bit to bemoan in this fantastically bold and original shooter. Deathloop is set in a beautifully imagined 60s-style retro future world, and its story and main characters are both instantly compelling. Colt is unflinchingly cool, even as he bumbles his way through his first few days, and Julianna is a fountain of biting one-liners and occasionally sharp insights, as when she observes that Colt -- who admits to feeling nothing for the people he's killing again and again each day -- may have sociopathic tendencies. The storytelling is a fit match for the game's brilliant design, which challenges players not to mindlessly wade through endless baddies, but rather be mindful of everything they see and hear as they study the island and its inhabitants. It's like a giant puzzle box filled with secret compartments that players gradually access, each one containing its own gratifying reward in the form of information, weapons and gear, and opportune assassinations. It draws key bits from disparate sources including classic "roguelike" games, cult action films, and Arkane's own Dishonored series, but there's really not much else like it.

But like most daring new games, some of the experiments don't quite fly. The gradually unlocked upgrades and abilities, while fun to toy with and certainly handy, are weirdly inessential in combat. Improving your skill through experience in firefights and knowledge of the island is all you really need to survive each loop, even as you near the end. Plus, while you're sure to find important information and hidden areas each new day, there does come a point when a sense of repetition begins to settle in. Engaging the same enemies in the same places again and again grows tedious. And while some players will likely enjoy taking on the role of antagonist as Julianna, others are bound to find these so-called game invasions frustrating and disruptive. You can play offline to avoid having other players insert themselves in your story, but the game will still occasionally introduce a computer-controlled Julianna in an attempt to mess with your perfectly laid plans. Still, these issues never sink the ship. Deathloop is a refreshingly imaginative and innovative shooter that doubles down on narrative rather than action, and is definitely worth a look for older players.

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