A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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. A recently released difficulty level for PCs, "Dream Mode" makes some of the gameplay easier with enhanced healing, resurrection tokens, and reduced costs for unit recovery.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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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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. Some of this is lessened with the recently released Dream Mode for PCs, which makes healing and unit management easier and more accessible. On the other hand, players can dive back into "Nightmare Mode" for the standard challenge the game presents. 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.
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. This is at least lightened by the recent inclusion of the Dream Mode on the PC, which makes some of the gameplay easier by lightening the cost of unit recovery, regenerates character health, and smooths out some of the missions that felt designed to make your squad fail until you were strong enough to overwhelm the creatures in your way. It's great to have the option to play on an easier level, especially if you want a better chance at experiencing more of the story, while facing a lighter challenge. It also gives you a sense of perspective before you dive into the harder (or perhaps better stated, standard) difficulty of Nightmare mode. Overall, Othercide'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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