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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Although the game has a big focus on teamwork, unless you've got your own team of five players together, the actual level of teamwork depends solely on the personalities of the random people you're matched with.
Positive Role Models
The game is an online 5v5 shooter. Both teammates and opponents are real people matched up at random, exposing players to a wide range of personalities.
Ease of Play
The basic gameplay should be instantly familiar to any first-person shooter fans. The tactical side, with players drawing strategies and paths on the map, helps to direct players in their roles (if used correctly).
Violence & Scariness
Players fight each other using a variety of realistic weapons, including firearms and explosives. The game uses a somewhat pixelated and less detailed art style, with very little blood shown onscreen. Instead, damage is generally shown with flashy effects and defeated opponents simply disappear.
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The online and team-based nature of the game means communication, via both voice chat and in the strategic planning, could expose players to profanity and offensive content from others.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Due Process is an online tactical first-person shooter game available for download on Windows based PCs. Two teams of five players compete on randomly generated maps to either set and defend a bomb or to attack and disarm the bomb. Players arm themselves with an arsenal of realistic weapons, attacking opponents with various firearms and explosives. Although violence is constant, there's little to no blood or gore shown onscreen and the game's pixelated art style helps to reduce the impact of the violence. Parents should be aware that the online nature of the game could expose younger players to profanity and other offensive content via online voice chat and through drawings created by other players during the tactical planning portion of each match.
Is It Any Good?
They say that teamwork makes the dream work. And that's the driving force behind Due Process's take on the first-person shooter. The game puts a massive focus on working together as a team to develop strategies, execute plans, and act as a cohesive unit. Each match starts on a procedurally generated map. The randomness of these newly created stages helps to keep players from memorizing levels. Then there's the planning phase, where players are given a layout of the map and the opportunity to physically draw out a game plan while discussing tactics. From there, players pick their loadout from an available arsenal before engaging the enemy. One unique and useful feature here is that any of the lines and marks drawn on the map during the planning stage actually appear in the match for the team to follow. It's a great way to make sure players follow the plan and understand their roles.
In theory, these features can make for some intense tactical matches, with superior planning ultimately winning the day. Unfortunately, that would require some expectation of professionalism from other players, which might just be too high a bar to hurdle. Unless you jump into Due Process with a team of five ready to go, you're going to get placed into a random group. This is where the better aspects of the game quickly start to fall apart. Often, there's at least one player in a random group that gives in to toxic or just plain juvenile behavior. It's bad enough to deal with these players acting like it's open mic night at a comedy club. But giving these players the opportunity to express that visually in the planning stage usually leads to at least one or two inappropriate images dropped onto the map. The game's a breeding ground for toxicity and there's not a lot to be done about it. It's a shame, because when it's firing on all cylinders with a strong team effort, Due Process can be a lot of fun. But finding that in random matchmaking is about as likely winning a lottery jackpot.
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