Othercide

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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If at first you don't succeed, die, die again.

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Positive Messages

There's an overall "good versus evil" theme driving the story, as an ancient dark force is being held back by powerful warriors, with the sake of all humanity at stake. There are also strong themes of teamwork and sacrifice between the Daughters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Daughters exist as aspects of a single warrior, and as such, are more like echoes of a full character. The plot can be confusing to follow and doesn't offer up a lot of character development outside of fighting the evil presence invading the world.

Ease of Play

The game requires a lot of strategic thinking and tough decisions to succeed. By design, players will often fail missions and their armies will die, just to be reincarnated to try again with new abilities and equipment earned from their past life.

Violence

Combat and death are both central to game, with players fighting all kinds of nightmarish creatures with a variety of weapons and special abilities. The black and white style, with its red highlights, tones down some of the more graphic depictions of violence while simultaneously spotlighting onscreen blood effects.

Sex

Some characters are presented in a sexualized manner, while cutscenes occasionally show characters nude, but with strategic camera angles or environmental objects censoring full nudity. Mother is regularly shown in-game and in cutscenes as nude, but as a red silhouette-like form that lacks specific anatomic detail.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Othercide is a supernatural horror themed turn-based tactical role-playing game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. Players control small groups of female warriors fighting against demonic creatures with a variety of weapons and special abilities. There's a high difficulty curve and the game's designed for players to fail missions frequently, only to come back stronger and take on the challenge. Violence is a steady part of the game, with characters from both sides utilizing brutal attacks. The game's style presents the action in an artistic and fluid manner, with red highlights putting the spotlight on blood and other specific elements. The game does feature some forms of nudity, though without anatomic details.

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What's it about?

OTHERCIDE is a dark tactical role-playing game that finds humanity on the brink of total annihilation. Beyond the boundaries of time and space lies the Veil, the barrier between reality and the realm of the Others, powerful and malevolent godlike entities. Since the dawn of existence, the Mother has defended the Veil, driving back the forces of darkness and keeping humanity safe from their influence. That is, until the Other known as Suffering found a way to corrupt The Chosen One, a child long under the protection of the Mother. With the loss of The Chosen One to Suffering, the Mother was easily defeated and the Veil began to shatter. All hope is not lost though, as the Mother still fights on. Unable to battle Suffering's forces directly, she calls upon her Daughters, fragments of her being and echoes of her past self, to battle in her stead. Guided by the Mother's hand, it's up to you to lead the Daughters as they drive back Suffering and its followers. Mistakes will be made and sacrifice is a certainty. But in the world of Othercide, failure isn't final and death is only the beginning.

Is it any good?

Style can be a tricky thing, especially when it comes to gaming, because it's far too easy to put style over substance, leaving players with a nice looking but relatively empty experience. Then there's Othercide, a game that manages to take its unique style and flawlessly marry it to gameplay, crafting a unique world that adds to richness the lore and depth to the package as a whole. The characters move with an almost ghostly fluidity and grace that, combined with the eerie black, white, and red color scheme, give every action a haunting and nightmarish beauty.

Othercide is not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, failure isn't just a possibility, it's a certainty. Players are meant to fail missions, reincarnating Daughters and equipping them with special skills and items gained from their previous lives. These "Remembrances" open up new options for players, while replaying the mission helps them adjust their strategies. Unfortunately, this can be a double-edged sword, since constantly replaying failed missions can't help but get repetitive quickly. Still, the game's focus on sacrifice and perseverance make for a challenge unlike any that fans of the tactical role-playing genre have seen before.

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