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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violent, intentionally hard sci-fi game limited by controls.

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While this third-person sci-fi adventure is yet another game that's intentionally difficult, it's undermined since some of the difficulty is thanks to the controls. Set in the far future, Dolmen sends you to a mining colony on the planet Revion Prime after the facility is overrun by bug-like aliens. Your job, if you chose to accept it, is to clear them out while learning how the titular mineral allowed them to cross over from another dimension. But while you're armed with both guns and melee weapons, the aliens are really, really tough. So much so that this is best described as being like Elden Ring meets Aliens.

It's just too bad it doesn't work as well as that combination might suggest. For starters, the controls are awkward, especially when using a melee weapon. It's like your axe or really big sword is just slightly too heavy for you to swing properly. Not that using a gun is much better since, even if you play as the gun-loving Sharpshooter, the controls run counter to those in similar shooters, and you seem to run out of ammo way too quickly. It also doesn't help that the uninspired visuals make this feel cheap and dated. Heck, even navigating the menus are awkward. Still, if you like intentionally (and unintentionally) tough games, as well as Alien-inspired sci-fi shooters, Dolmen might be the challenge you've been craving.

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