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John Wick Hex

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Turn-based game based on movies glorifies bloody violence.

Game PlayStation 4 , Windows 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Bad game based on the movies

Terrible adaption from the movies, and there is lots of swearing and killing involved.
age 12+

Tween-friendly strategy does not make you feel like John Wick

While the mechanics are ambitious and mostly functional, it ultimately feels to slow and clunky to make you feel like Baba Yaga. The janky animations and bad camera angles in cinematic mode make you feel like youre watching a bad fan film. Unlike the movies, there is no graphic violence, and like the movies there only occasional profanity.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Turn-based strategy games don't come much more accessible or fast-paced. Thanks to its focus on a single character and a blissfully simple interface, John Wick Hex almost feels like it takes place in real time. It only takes a few simple choices to command John to make his next move, and enemies act at the same time as him, so there's never any waiting. And while tactical thinking is a must -- waltzing into a room without any thought to lines of sight, cover, or parrying attacks is a recipe for failure -- the action's dynamic enough that players must also think on their feet and react quickly to new threats. You may have thought you had enough bullets, but a missed shot or a fresh group of enemies bursting through a door could change that, forcing you to, say, throw an empty pistol at someone to stun him while running for a dropped weapon. And ensuring you're in the right stance -- standing or crouched -- in each situation and that you have enough "focus" energy left to carry out your plans is key.

Be prepared, though, for a bit of frustration. If you run out of health (or bandages, which restore health), finishing off a location can become so hard that you may feel forced to start over from scratch with an aim to play more conservatively. An easier difficulty option that, say, refilled health prior to each scene would have gone some distance toward easing this issue. Be aware, too, that certain elements of the experience lack polish. The automated cinematic replays, for example, sometimes choose awkward camera angles that don't provide a good view of the action, and some of the tutorials and instructions can be a bit confusing. The PS4 version of the replays are somewhat better than the PC version, but you'll still have some shots blocked by walls or columns when you're playing the action back. Luckily, though, the bulk of John Wick Hex is straightforward enough that this shouldn't prove much of a problem for most. It's got a great rhythm, and it manages to capture the thoughtful fighting technique of its hero surprisingly well. Well worth investigation for older players who enjoy turn-based strategy.

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