Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Excellent yet violent, mature historical tale.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of family, responsibility, fealty. Suggests that all our choices, actions, big and small, have social, psychological, physical consequences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Attitudes, behaviors are designed to emulate those of 600 years ago, so women are treated unequal to men, noblemen superior to peasants. Main character generally strives to do well by others, but can also engage in immoral, criminal activities should the player so choose.

Ease of Play

Unusual fighting mechanics and high level of difficulty in some combat situations could prove frustrating for some players. Success demands plenty of practice and resolve.

Violence

Intense first-person combat with swords, bludgeons, bows and arrows. Hits result in blood spatters, stains, yelps of pain. Scenes of slaughter include hangings, piles of burned bodies, a decapitation, evisceration. Players can choose to kill non-combatants, also to show mercy to defeated opponents.

Sex

Exposed breasts, bottoms. Some non-interactive scenes show men, women engaging in sex.

Language

Frequent strong language, including  "c--t," "f--k," "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Ale, wine are collectible, consumable items that can make player's character intoxicated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action role-playing game (RPG) set several centuries ago in the Kingdom of Bohemia. First-person combat between soldiers and knights is visceral and bloody, and scenes of carnage show piles of burned bodies, hangings, and a decapitation. The world is designed with period accuracy, so players will encounter sexual and class-based discrimination as well as archaic gender roles. The main character generally means well as he progresses through a nonlinear story, but players have the power to choose for him to be cruel and even engage in criminal activity -- always with the risk of being caught and punished by authorities. Some female characters are depicted nude and engage in sexual acts with men. Strong language is heard throughout, including the words "c--t" and "f--k." Characters can also collect ale and wine, and get drunk in the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJane J. February 25, 2018

Nudity Is Not a Concern

Most parents don't get this game for their children due to the fact there is nudity but I've played this game an absurd amount that the nudity is prob... Continue reading
Adult Written byKaren C. February 18, 2018

Wow!

This game is wonderful! It has violence but it isn’t too graphic, the main concern is nudity but it is not too graphic either. Kingdom come is also a semi educa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJacob Mcfidle February 21, 2018

Nothing to bad

Ok so yes it has nudity and violence, but nothing a 13 year old has not seen in the past. I believe it would only be a problem for kids to young to realize righ... Continue reading

What's it about?

KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE leaves out action role-playing game tropes such as sorcery, monsters, fantastical settings, and a lone warrior destined to save the world. Instead, it provides a story plucked from history and is set in real-world locations with careful attention paid to architectural and social details. Players take on the role of Henry, a blacksmith's son in 15th century Kingdom of Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic), who must overcome the violent deaths of his parents and find his way in a country lost in political turmoil, where someone of his status has almost no power. As the story progresses, Henry advances through several jobs, starting off as a bailiff's assistant and a young lord's lackey. His tale isn't one of superhuman heroics and nation conquering, but instead the minutiae of how one ambitious and determined young man fits into a much bigger story. He'll gradually learn how to fight enemies, but just as important is how Henry interacts with those around him, which types of tasks he agrees to take on, and how he carries them out. Players also need to take into account his health and hygiene, observe natural day/night cycles, and maintain a limited inventory, all of which adds to the game's atmosphere of simulated medieval life.

Is it any good?

Prague-based Warhorse Studios has boldly rewritten the book on what an action role-playing game can be. From combat to storytelling, Kingdom Come: Deliverance challenges players' preconceptions. Henry begins the game unable even to properly hack apart a wooden stick planted in the ground before him, and its only through much practice that he -- and players, who must learn an unusual sword-fighting system that involves directional attacking, blocking, and feinting -- becomes even a little bit better. His slow ascension from blacksmith's son to someone who commands a little more respect flies in the face of traditional RPGs, in which players inhabit characters who quickly transform into living legends with godlike combat abilities. Open-minded players may well find the game's painstaking simulation of medieval life -- from washing up in troughs to make Henry a little more presentable to learning how to read from a local scribe -- both fascinating and unprecedented.

Unfortunately, Warhorse's focus on creating a unique RPG experience seems to have drawn its attention away from remedying a variety of technical problems that could prove off-putting to many players, including lengthy pauses while loading dialogue with non-player characters, bizarre bugs such as floating cows, and a clunky and archaic menu system that feels like it might have been pilfered from a 15-year-old game. Much as players will need some patience watching Henry's unconventional story unfold, so, too, will they need to prepare to endure these technical hiccups. That said, the reward -- a truly original and innovative role-playing game with a singular vision, strong narrative, and unapologetic grittiness -- could prove more than worthwhile for the right players.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the depiction of violence in the media. Is Kingdom Come: Deliverance's vicious melee combat and depiction of slaughters integral to its objective of being faithful to the era?

  • Talk about gender roles. How have the roles of men and women changed over time, and do you think gender equality has yet been achieved?

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