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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The player has to use weapons and acrobatics to kill a bunch of people so that they can win a televised sporting event. Players must be willing to play the same match over and over until they figure out the best course of action in this intentionally tough game.
Positive Role Models
The player is trying to win a televised sporting event in which the player has to kill other people before they kill them. Doing so not only requires skill but perseverance, as the game's difficulty means players may have to play the same match multiple times.
Ease of Play
The game has no specific options when it comes to difficulty, but does have options that allow players to be invincible, have unlimited supplies of ammo, and other perks that can make it easier. Controls are somewhat unique, but there are also multiple training rounds, which show players how to perform certain moves.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns to kill opponents, while said opponents use guns, explosives, and melee weapons to kill the player, resulting in some blood spatter.
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Curse words "f--k" and "hell" can be found in some dialogue and paperwork, but it's dialogue and paperwork the player may not come across.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rollerdrome is a downloadable third-person shooter/action sports game for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. Players use guns to kill people, and those people use guns, melee weapons, and explosives to kill the player. Both the player's character and the enemies are shown being hurt, with some blood being splattered. The dialogue includes the word "f--k," while the word "hell" appears in some paperwork, but players have to stumble across both to hear or see them. Otherwise, though, there's no objectionable content, though the idea that you're doing this to win a televised sporting event is questionable.
Is It Any Good?
Though best when taken in small portions, this challenging and acrobatic third-person shooter puts an interesting, unique spin on both the action sports and shooting genres. In Rollerdrome, you're a competitor in the titular televised blood sport, which requires you to roller-skate around elaborate skate park-like arenas, shooting other people before they shoot you, blow you up, or smack you upside the head. The kicker is that your ammo is limited, and is only restocked when you do tricks, while your health is only replenished when you kill someone. But, on the plus side, you can slow time mid-jump like you're Neo in The Matrix, but in small doses. All together, this makes for a frantic, exhilarating, and unique shooter, one that really tests your skills as both a gunner and an acrobat.
As fun as it may be, though, it's not for everyone. And that's not because the default controls are awkward and oversensitive, since that's easily fixed by adjusting the settings in the options menu. No, the potential dividing line comes because your enemies are tough, and the game doesn't have any options to adjust the difficulty (just some cheat code-like ones that make it devoid of any challenge). You also have to complete a number of specific challenges, as well as kill everyone, if you want to progress to the next level. As a result, some people will find this to be really frustrating, while others will enjoy the challenge ... alongside the twist of having to play the same round multiple times until they figure out a plan of attack. That makes this a game best played sporadically, in 20- to 30-minute bursts, with breaks to collect yourself. For players who are into that, Rollerdrome excels as a unique and acrobatic shooting sports game.
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