The Long Dark

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Very challenging survival simulation has moderate violence.

Mac, Windows 2014

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 18+

The long dark chapter 4 (2021 version)- Awful profanity within the first minute!

The long dark chapter 4… Awful profanity within the first minute! My son (middle school) has been so looking forward to playing this game. We were shocked that within the first minute of gameplay they use the F word several times along with other profanity and crude language. My son was in tears. We don’t have this kind of garbage in our house. I don’t understand why they felt like they needed to add this into the new game. Terribly disappointing. However, we did find that there is a “mature language filter”. Having this on does take away the four letter words. There are still some other crudity (dumb-a**, basta**, hell, dam*, etc) . We shall see if this is enough.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 16+

Partial Scam Warning // would not let my son play this when he turns 13.

display of blood and gore, dead frozen bodies you must plunder when you get close to them. Definitely not for kids! 13+ is .. questionable as you will kill rabbits by throwing stones at them to stun them and next step grab them and snap their necks with a loud cracking sound, something you do not want your kids to do! Then you use their intestines to make some kind of twine for building traps or catching fish, disgusting! The biggest issue is the 3* rating for educational value, the game itself warns that one should not do these things as they can result in death and many of the things done can lead to a kids disfigurement, pain or death. For older teens it is absolutely fine except for some things mentioned hereafter: Also, the game is released in Episodes. The initial release was in 2012 (early access) Survival Mode Episodes started from 2017, when the game was released as "complete" Now in 2021 MAYBE episode 4 will be released. Criticism of the game is subdued, by either negative reviews deleted on Steam and other sites. Negative threads in managed forums are also deleted. At start the game is fun, but gets boring quite fast, unless one likes to do the same thing over and over. Do not recommend it unless you get it for 10USD or below.

This title has:

Too much violence

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