A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Suggests only one person can make a difference if she is determined, brave. Action rewards strategic thinking.
Positive Role Models
Joule is courageous, smart, unafraid to take on enemies. She fights for a noble cause, only attacks robots, not humans. She offers encouragement, praise to her robot companions, making them feel part of her team.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but successfully traversing dangerous terrain by mix of dashes, jumps takes practice. Combat requires plenty of strategy, quick reflexes.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent gun-based combat. Players use an energy rifle to attack robotic enemies that explode, disappear when defeated. If Joule gets hurt, she falls down, screen fades to black. No blood, gore. One scene shows bony remains of a long-dead human.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know ReCore is a challenging sci-fi action game with frequent gun combat. Enemies are robots that explode and disappear when destroyed. There's no blood or gore, but in one scene the player stumbles upon the bony remains of a long-dead person. It's a difficult game, but players are rewarded for strategic thought and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
A host of technical problems keep this otherwise enjoyable sci-fi adventure from reaching its full potential. ReCore's action will remind some players of Nintendo's Metroid Prime games, thanks to a world that's largely free to explore, but it has areas that remain inaccessible until Joule finds the proper technology necessary to bypass a specific type of obstacle. This usually involves some form of satisfying skill-based traversal, such as dashing and jumping before grabbing hold of a climbing robot that will help her scoot up a track to a higher point. Combat is fun, too; it demands sharp thinking and quick reflexes, with players forced to constantly switch between color-based ammunition types to ensure they're dealing maximum damage before launching an extraction line to yank out enemy robots' power cores.
But, sadly, the action is often hampered by a wide array of technical problems. Exceptionally long loading screens -- often well in excess of two minutes -- will test most gamers' patience, especially when they come again and again as Joule repeatedly dies only a few seconds into a tough fight. Other problems include game freezes, floors that suddenly seem not to exist (you'll fall through the ground and into Far Eden's polygonal underbelly, unable to escape), and boss fights in which a key mechanic -- pulling enemies' power cores from their chests -- suddenly stops working, forcing a game restart. There's still fun to be had with ReCore, but to experience it, the player will need to be both patient and forgiving.
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