A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are fighting for no less than the continued existence of humanity and free choice. The Rayonne are working to force people to remain in their robotic shells and to exterminate the last remnants of natural humans. Romer and his Outlaw crew, despite being integrated, are fighting to allow natural humans the freedom to live.
Positive Role Models
Romer has more than a few secrets in his past, but sees the current fight as his chance for redemption. The plot follows this theme of the unlikely hero fighting against insurmountable odds to become something better than he once was.
Ease of Play
The game blends elements of a first-person shooter, a flying/racing game, and a real-time strategy game, but it's not a seamless blend by any means. Players can focus more on one element than another, but to be successful, players must constantly switch gameplay in the thick of action.
Violence & Scariness
Though combat is central to and a constant part of the game, there's no graphic depiction of violence or gore. Players are fighting against robotic units which, when defeated, explode and leave behind various scrap metal and other salvage.
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Parents should be aware that kids could be exposed to offensive language due to online chat options in multiplayer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disintegration is a sci-fi themed first-person shooter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. Players lead a small group of Outlaws, issuing commands to troops while actively flying and fighting in their Gravcycle, a combat ready high-tech hoverbike. The game features a full single-player campaign, as well as three multiplayer modes for up to ten players in 5v5 battles. Parents should note that the game focuses on action packed battles with lots of violence and explosions, but little in the way of blood or gore. Parents should also be aware that the online nature of the game's multiplayer, as well as its focus on team play, could potentially expose some younger gamers to offensive language and behavior through in-game communication.
Is It Any Good?
This action title is a game that takes the term "hybrid" to new extremes. One minute when you're playing Disintegration, you think you're playing a first-person shooter, but the next, you've switched over to a real-time strategy game. Toss in the occasional flight simulator/racing vibe, as well as a few side quests, and you wind up with a game that could be describes has having a bit of an identity crisis. And make no mistake, early on, things can feel confusing and disjointed. But much like an orchestra tuning up before a show, what starts off as a noisy mess soon slides into place and makes way for an impressive performance. As frustrating as things might be at the start, there comes a point when players break through a wall, find a groove, and everything just sort of clicks together. Before long, you're strafing enemy squads on your Gravcycle while simultaneously ordering your squad to chuck grenades and focus fire on hefty juggernauts, all working together like a well-oiled machine.
The controls aren't the only bumps in Disintegration that smooth out over time. The plot feels a bit stale at first, but once players start to uncover more about Romer Shoal's past and how he wound up going from celebrity spokesman to rebel outlaw, the foundation of the game's lore starts to gain more structure. The gameplay can seem repetitive at times, with players going through the same motions in missions and fighting the same foes. But once you notice, the game changes things with some new threat or twist to shake up the formula. The game's three multiplayer modes put their own spin on classic shooter match types and while these seem familiar, there's a heavy reliance on players' command of their ground units. In fact, in some matches, those are the only units that can score points. This tends to put players in more of a support role with their Gravcycle. Like the rest of the game, it makes for an awkward change of pace at first, but one that becomes second nature in time.
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