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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story casts a spotlight on the evolving role technology plays in society and government, warning of how it could be misused to limit rights and even revoke personhood. But play also glorifies gun violence.
Positive Role Models
The player's character has been done wrong by the powers that be, but he's also a seedy sort who doesn't seem to have any issues hurting or killing whoever stands in his way as he tries to get his digital identity back.
Ease of Play
The controls will prove familiar for third-person shooter veterans, but they're pretty finicky and unforgiving. Plus, checkpoints are few and far between in certain levels. Expect some frustration, even after tinkering with things like aim assist and aim speed.
Violence & Scariness
Players shoot and kill human enemies with a futuristic handgun, causing little splashes of blood with some hits. The hero can also use telekinesis to throw objects at foes, and cause debilitating pain and death by overloading others' cybernetic implants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A giant hologram of a woman dancing in sexy, sensual fashion is the centerpiece of a level set inside a nightclub.
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Occasional instances of strong language, including "a--hole," "s--t," and "f--k," in spoken and text dialogue.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bottles of alcohol are found scattered around a nightclub, but no one's seen drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Foreclosed is a third-person cyberpunk shooter for Windows PCs, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Set in a technology-driven future, it's about a man whose digital identity has been "foreclosed," meaning that he can't really do anything, from shopping to shooting most weapons. Legally, he's not even considered a person. Players may take this as a timely cautionary tale exploring how technology has potential to be misused by governments and corporations. The protagonist is eventually able to go on the offensive thanks to his unique cybernetic implants, which allow players to attack and kill human enemies with a special pistol that causes small splashes of blood. He can also use telekinesis to hurl objects at foes and overload opponents' implants, causing pain and death. Note that while the controls are fairly straightforward for the genre they can be pretty finicky during action scenes. This, combined with long distances between certain checkpoints, may end up causing frustration for some players. Strong profanity is occasionally heard in the dialogue, and while players see alcoholic bottles, no one's seen drinking. Similarly, a hologram of a woman dances in a suggestive manner in a club.
Is It Any Good?
Beautiful graphic novel-style presentation and compelling narrative concepts are hamstrung by fussy controls. Foreclosed has visual chutzpah to spare thanks to its hand drawn environments and characters, which are frequently and seamlessly broken into discrete panels. The player retains control of Evan throughout, making it feel like an interactive comic book. And there are plenty of intriguing cyberpunk ideas embedded within the world, such as the way in which Evan's foreclosed implants keep him from walking down certain paths even though there's no physical barrier to stop him. Sadly, though, there's a barrier to fun in the form of awkward gun combat. Even with aim assist set to maximum, it can be very difficult to control the camera for precision shooting. Plus, enemy AI is a weird mix of dumb movement and accurate aiming. They're stupid enough to walk straight into gunfire, but smart enough to land almost every shot they take. The end result is that, as each encounter begins, your best bet is to just hunker down and pop out to take pot shots at enemies as they slowly and carelessly enter your field of vision. As shooters go, there are plenty of better ones.
Thankfully, there's more to Foreclosed's action than just guns. The telekinesis ability comes later in the game than it should, but when it finally arrives, it provides plenty of fun new options for clobbering unsuspecting foes, solving contextual puzzles, and revealing hidden pathways. Hacking is a bit dull, involving little more than tapping directional buttons in a specific order, but the occasional stealth section helps spice things up and sometimes gives us an alternative to getting into frustrating gun battles. Still, the real appeal of Foreclosed for those who manage to get past its lackluster gunplay will be its comic book graphics and thought-provoking transhumanist themes. It understands the cyberpunk vibe, even if it isn't always a truly fun game to play, and for some players that will be enough.
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