A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players have to work together to complete objectives.
Positive Role Models
Characters are trying to save the world ... well, their part of it.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but a definite learning curve for gameplay.
Violence & Scariness
While aerial view makes action less bloody, gory than it could've been, players are still killing other people with a variety of weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters wear low-cut outfits.
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Some saucy language, including "crap." Unmoderated communication between players can include curse words, other adult language.
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Products & Purchases
Players can use real money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to purchase new characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kill Strain is a violent downloadable sci-fi shooter you play with other people. Players use a variety of weapons to kill other players. But since it uses an aerial viewpoint, the blood and gore are kept to a minimum. Conversation between teammates is unmoderated, which means there may be curse words and other adult language, while the game itself has some saucy moments, including use of the word "crap." Though not visible during gameplay, some women are shown wearing cleavage-revealing outfits in the character upgrade screen. The game also encourages players to use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to buy different playable characters.
Is It Any Good?
While this third-person sci-fi shooter does a good job of bringing a popular game genre to the PlayStation 4, fans of similar PC games probably won't make the switch. Like League of Legends, D.O.T.A.2, and other MOBAs (multiplayer online battle area games), Kill Strain has teams fighting over points on a three-laned map, while also trying to kill as many enemies as possible. Besides using your characters' assigned weapon, players can also employ special attacks that recharge over time, as well as use deployable mech suits of armor. They also have to contend with a harsh environment, a substance called Strain that covers parts of the ground and slowly kills you if you stand on it.
But what throws Kill Strain for a wrinkle is that unlike other MOBAs, this doesn't have two teams fighting for dominance, it has three. Besides two teams of four human characters, there's also a third team of two who play as mutants. You can even, when on the latter team, turn human players into mutants. But while this does set Kill Strain apart from other MOBAs, it still doesn't have the depth of either League of Legends or D.O.T.A.2, which means that players of those games probably won't make the switch anytime soon. And without players, MOBAs aren't any fun. But League of Legends and D.O.T.A.2 weren't that deep or popular when they were first released, either, so things may change in the future.
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