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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are fighting to rescue their friends and loved ones from the threat of both the "Unsighted" automatons and biological monstrosities created by human experimentation.
Positive Role Models
Alma is a heroic character, built to be the automatons' last line of defense against the human threat, but designed with the idea of being more than just a weapon or warrior. Alma encounters many other Automatons, part of a community that has long worked to build a peaceful life together.
The game presents players with strong female representation. Though many of the characters are mechanical "automatons," they're shown as self-aware, with feelings and relationships.
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Ease of Play
Though the basic mechanics of the gameplay are relatively straightforward, the game has a steep difficulty curve. The game's perspective can make judging distances and pathways an unintended obstacle. Blocking and parrying enemy attacks from different directions requires precise timing. Finally, the ever-ticking time limit and general challenge level adds to the frustration.
Violence & Scariness
Violence and combat are constant parts of the game. Usually, defeated enemies explode and disappear form the screen or leave a pile of scrap metal behind. When players are defeated, it leaves a body in a pool of blood behind for a moment before respawning. The game's highly pixelated art style keeps the violence from being graphic and reduces much of its overall impact.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unsighted is a downloadable post-apocalyptic sci-fi action role-playing game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of a self-aware android fighting to save its friends and loved ones from an attack by humans. The game uses a very pixelated artistic style, which gives it a retro vibe while also keeping the visual detail to minimum. This helps to reduce the impact of the game's violence, which often sees defeated characters explode into scrap or occasionally bleed onscreen. The game's relatively easy to play but has a steep difficulty curve. Players can choose from three different levels of difficulty at the start, and the main story always features a set time limit to complete.
Is It Any Good?
In most sci-fi stories, it's humanity that's forced to find the courage to rise up and fight against their evil robotic oppressors. In the retro-inspired action-RPG (role-playing game) Unsighted, it's the humans that are the evil influence and the robots are the ones in need of a savior. While the overall plot might not be the deepest or stories, it's a solid narrative that sets up all of the gameplay elements nicely. You can't help but get invested in the characters, and in Alma's quest to save them (and herself) before time runs out, which brings up one of the game's more frustrating elements. The Automaton characters Alma meets, and Alma herself, all have countdown clocks representing the time they have before they run out of Anima and become "Unsighted." This time element adds an extra layer of urgency to the game, but also can rush players through the experience and force them to miss other parts of the story that could be uncovered by exploration.
Playing Unsighted feels like a throwback to some classic action/adventure franchises like Metroid and Castlevania. Players are given the freedom to explore areas all around Arcadia, though they'll need to find specific items and upgrades to grant entry to previously inaccessible area. Moving and fighting can feel a bit wonky sometimes, due mainly to the skewed perspective of the screen. This angled, top-down view makes it difficult to correctly judge elevation and obstacle placement. It's frustrating early on, but something players will most likely adjust to relatively quickly. The bigger challenge comes in combat, where Alma might get attacked from various angles, requiring split second timing to block and deflect enemies. On the upside, perfect parries will not only stun enemies for a moment, but also leave them vulnerable for critical damage counters. Once players find their groove, Unsighted repays with a nostalgia fueled adventure race against the clock that tests their skills and will keep them engaged through multiple paythroughs.
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