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Parents' Guide to

Red Matter 2

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Very good sci-fi VR adventure lets players save the world.

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If you enjoy slower-paced sci-fi stories -- and one with a Dystopian Cold War vibe to it -- this game will no doubt please you. Red Matter 2 isn't perfect, and it helps if you've played the first game to get the most out of this sequel, but it's a stellar (and great-looking) offering for those looking for a fun weekend getaway in space. At its core, this is an adventure game, which is where it shines best, with several puzzles to solve from a first-person perspective. Sure, there's a bit of repetition in the puzzles, like flipping circuits in a control panel or cracking a vault's code, but it's still gratifying, and fun to manipulate these items with your hands and claw contraption from your first-person view.

Like many "point-and-click" adventure games, you'll also scour a room for clues, like scraps of paper, and looking for other items littered about. You'll also find yourself jump from one platform to another with your jetpack, and at about the halfway mark, shooting back against those looking to kill you (mostly flying drones, robots and turrets). It can be tricky to aim and shoot, while also moving to evade enemy fire, so the combat portions aren't as enjoyable. Red Matter 2 is also a great looking game, and you'll often find yourself stopping in your tracks to take in the huge set pieces. Since it's VR, you can move your head around to see some beautifully-crafted scenes, such soaking up an awe-inspiring view of a planet's surface. (it may be one of the best-looking games for the Meta Quest VR platform.) Movement might be a little nauseating for some, but it's great the game gives you different options, such as transporting to different areas, a seated mode, and more. Overall, Red Matter 2 is a fun story that takes advantage of VR technology -- and without it feeling gimmicky. At its heart, it's a good story, complimented by great graphics and competent voice acting and music, and some decent puzzle-solving moments you won't soon forget.

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