From Other Suns

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Stellar sci-fi VR shooter blasts off with fast-paced action.

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Positive Messages

Focus on survival against criminals, teaming up against evil. Impact lessened by focus on destruction of enemies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You don't learn much about male/female characters you play as or with, unknown if main character is positive or not.

Ease of Play

Game has a mandatory tutorial to get users comfortable with controls. You'll spend time learning how to move, look around, change and use weapons, etc. It takes a little while to master it all. Game can get quite tough, but those familiar with VR experiences, first-person shooters should be fine after a short while.


Action-centric game pits players against one another on a huge ship, using mostly ranged weapons, such as pistols, hand cannons. Some blood seen during, after a heavy round of combat.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that From Other Suns is a downloadable fast-paced, co-op VR space adventure that's exclusive to Oculus Rift. Players will fight enemies, upgrade their ship, manage a crew, and hope to make it back to Earth alive. Much of the game features first-person combat, where you'll use weapons -- and customize your loadout – to kill enemies including aliens, pirates, and deadly robots. There's some blood along with the sci-fi action, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

FROM OTHER SUNS is an action space game that focuses on a crew of people who recently tested an experimental "folding drive" to travel beyond the fringes of explored space. The plan was to return safely, receive a big payout, and retire happily ever after on a small colony. As you might expect, this isn't to be, as something malevolent has followed you back on the return trip. Your goal is to make it back to Earth before an ancient alien wipes out everything in its way. Much of the first-person action is handled by combat against a slew of enemies -- including aliens, pirates, and robots -- using stockpiled weapons, along with the ability to customize these arms. You'll also be tasked with collecting scrap (the currency in the game) and fuel, upgrading your guns (with more than 2,000 variations), negotiating with merchants, servicing your ship (which you need to do in real-time, often while battling!), engaging in ship-to-ship battles, and keeping your non-player character (NPC) crew alive. Along with the single-player game, From Other Suns features cooperative ("co-op") gameplay, built for three-player drop-in action.

Is it any good?

This is a fun and challenging first-person action game and spaceship simulation rolled into one that Oculus Rift owners really need to add to their collection. As you'll soon find out, if you run out of NPC crew members, it's game over. This will happen a lot, and there's no way to adjust the difficulty level, but be aware that a running tally of achievements allows you to work toward unlocking powerful weapons and better ships, which helps you progress on each subsequent playthrough. What's more, starting over won't feel like déjà vu, because From Other Suns features a randomized universe, so no two games are the same. Also, captains that are having a bit of trouble in space can discover that they might live longer if they hop into multiplayer and choose some skilled teammates to battle alongside them. This is particularly important because combat is fast and frenetic, so if your aim isn't the best, you might want someone backing you up in battle.

While this little gem is well worth the price of admission ($39), there are a few small issues, like getting stuck in environmental objects, AI-based crew members that get mowed down too easily at times, and some inventory management challenges. Also, locations tend to seem flat and don't have the amount of detail and interactivity as those in other games (e.g., there are objects you can see but can't touch). But overall, From Other Suns is super fun -- especially with friends -- and highly recommended for teenage Oculus Rift owners.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is violence in a sci-fi game more acceptable because it's clearly fantasy? Is a virtual reality game with combat worse because it's that much more realistic?

  • Talk about space exploration. Do you think we'll manage to explore the stars, or is that really something that's just based in science fiction? Why or why not?

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For kids who love sci-fi action

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