A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No overt messages, but highlights depths of human will, determination.
Positive Role Models
Not much known about main character, Kip Mattas, other than surviving ocean drilling rig destroyed by aftershocks following nearby earthquake. You seem like a good person who wants to stay alive, says "rest in peace" when finding corpses, combat is self-defense.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn, some tasks have spikes in difficulty.
Violence & Scariness
Knife-based violence, blood, players will also see dead bodies, other images of violence tied to imagination. Some horrific moments, too.
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Some profane language, including "s--t," "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Narcosis is a downloadable adventure rooted in psychological horror. Players will engage in deadly combat with deep-see creatures using a knife, and will see many dead bodies of coworkers, along with some images that may or may not be real. There's also some strong profanity used at random moments, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
While a short adventure with limited replayability, this is a unique, atmospheric, and memorable game to experience. Between the darkness, slow movement, oceanic threats, and an immersive first-person perspective -- including air bubbles and breath seen against the glass of your deep-suit -- this game's strength lies in fear of the unknown. That includes how your mind can play tricks on you -- and tapping into the human instinct of survival. While the game is pretty straightforward and not too challenging, you'll enjoy exploring the areas, finding oxygen (the main resource) and flares, handling squids and crabs (fight or flight?), and unraveling more of the story as you discover the floating bodies of your coworkers. While the standard version is engrossing because of the atmospheric nature of the play, it's even better if you play it in VR, where the immersive and desolate nature of the gameplay experience really shines. If you can play this game in VR, do it. Unless you only like fast-paced games, or long games, Narcosis is a fascinating piece of interactive, narrative fiction that should leave a lasting impression.
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