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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bizarre, extremely gory action game where hero breaks apart.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2012
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Its all blue.

A couple bloody stabbings in the beggining, but other than that the only red blood is the protagonist as he breaks apart. All else is inhuman blue goo. Game gets repetitive fast and the fall apart gimmik gets old clunky and obstructive quickly. Puzzles not too clever, enemies arent interesting and lack variation and try too hard to be wierd in order to copy superior "Wierd" Japanese titles and just look like what you see when your kid blends everything they find in the refrigerator together. High destructability is cool but too unpaced and haphazard to be satisfying. Upgrades are by the numbers and progression is just shoot n grind. Slashing and shooting is technically solid but not compelling andnlacks finese or deeper player control and involvement. Just hit slash and hold the trigger.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (3):

NeverDead is just so-so. Ridiculous premise aside, the third-person action game can be fun because of the frantic (albeit extremely bloody and gory) combat, imaginative enemies, and some puzzle-solving sequences. Losing your body parts during a battle and scrambling to put them back together again -- as you're being attacked -- adds welcome tension to the fight. But the game can be very tough, as a result, and though you cannot die it can be frustrating to be ripped apart by enemies faster than you can regroup. The game also slows down when there's a lot of action onscreen at the same time.

On one hand, NEVERDEAD offers a unique spin on third-person action games with the body dismemberment feature (including rolling your head into hard-to-reach areas) but a few shortcomings prevent it from being an A-grade disc. As a result, this might be a good rental if you think the premise sounds intriguing or wait until the price is discounted over time.

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