A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story can be taken as a vague cautionary tale about the dangers of pirating and hacking game software and blindly trusting what you encounter online, but is primarily concerned with setting up opportunities to engage in stylized violence. The puzzle-like action rewards careful thought and strategizing.
Positive Role Models
The protagonist kills enemies and uses computer hacks to cheat.
Ease of Play
The interface should prove intuitive to anyone experienced in first-person games, but the missions can be challenging, requiring both calm decision making and a keen eye to detect threats. Players are bound to fail frequently, and will be sent back to the start of the current "node" (set of levels) if they perish, which could force them to repeat a dozen or more stages several times over.
Violence & Scariness
Players use guns, knives, and blunt objects to attack aggressive red crystalline enemies that shatter like glass when defeated. Action is presented from a first-person perspective.
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Products & Purchases
This is a standalone expansion to Superhot.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Superhot: Mind Control Delete is an action game available for download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows Pcs. The game's a standalone expansion to Superhot, a first-person shooter with puzzle elements and lots of stylized violence, but no blood or gore. The protagonist is engaged in a virtual reality video game that involves attacking humanoid enemies in slow motion using a wide array of weapons, from shotguns and rifles to swords, darts, and books. Foes are made of fragile red glass and shatter into hundreds of pieces when defeated. The game's squarely focused on action, but thoughtful players will be able to infer subtle warnings about the dangers of hacking and blindly trusting what you encounter online. Parents should also be aware that this is a challenging game that frequently forces players to replay multiple levels, and that it could prove frustrating for those with little patience.
Is It Any Good?
This beefy expansion is perhaps best described as more of the same, but different -- if that makes sense. Anyone familiar with the original will be instantly at home with Superhot: Mind Control Delete. Its innovative puzzle-meets-shooter play mechanics remain fully intact, and once again make for some spectacular action sequences you simply won't find in other games -- like, say, throwing a slot machine handle at someone's head, grabbing the katana they were holding in mid-air as it falls to the ground, and then dodging a hail of bullets from another nearby enemy before slicing them in half. It may take minutes to plan out and execute in game time, but it takes only seconds for it to play out in real-time replays. Players who enjoyed these mechanics in the original get a heaping second serving here. There's really nothing else like it.
But while much is the same, there are some noticeable changes, and they're bound to leave players split. The addition of a heart supply -- meaning you're no longer killed by a single bullet -- is an inarguable improvement. It's allowed the developers to create more complex and challenging scenarios with a tiny bit of wiggle room for the player to make the occasional small mistake. And the hacks you can use to cheat the system make players feel more super-powered as they plow through waves of enemies. But if you run out of hearts (and you will, frequently), you'll be forced to start nodes all over again, which can be very disheartening -- especially if you fail multiple times in a row. Enemies and weapons are procedurally generated this time out, which helps keep you on your toes when restarting a node, but it doesn't completely cancel out the frustration. Superhot: Mind Control Delete is smart, innovative, and often dazzling to watch, but it seems designed to cater to Superhot's most ardent, hard-core fans rather than bring in a new batch of players.
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