A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a basic story of good versus evil.
Positive Role Models
The game's characters are a mix of men, women, adults and children, all trying to combat evil.
Ease of Play
Even the easy modes of this game can be quite challenging.
Violence & Scariness
You'll use guns, knives, bows and arrows and more to kill enemy monsters. But no blood or actual violence is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
There's a danger when you try to mix too many game genres, because if done right, it creates a masterpiece, but if you're just a little bit off, though, it can lead to a lot of confusion. The_Otherside tries hard, but falls a bit short of the goal. Technically an RPG game with a strong strategy element, it leans a bit too hard on action. Fighting the dimensional invaders can be a slog and the fights are often unwinnable, though seemingly unavoidable. Even the game's early/easy levels can prove to be especially challenging, which will frustrate players.
That's a shame, since it gets the other mechanics right. The turn-based roleplay fits wonderfully in this sort of game and there's definitely the strategic question of whether you should spend time exploring rooms for ammo or new weapons or if you should rush to destroy the spirit anchors (the key to defeating the enemy). And the game generally plays in fairly short rounds, which lets you try new strategies, should you fail. It's a game that tries hard, but doesn't quite manage to break through to, well, the other side.
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