Parents' Guide to

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Face hard choices in brutal post-apocalyptic RPG adventure.

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This adventure takes a classic approach to its gameplay, while tossing in a lot of moral choices and violence to indicate this rough new world. Wasteland 2: Director's Cut's tactical gameplay and storytelling elements come from classic role-playing game (RPG) mechanics that have been refined over decades. Those who've played RPGs like Baldur's Gate will recognize the group-and-move style of tactics, as well as the ability to select a team member and give individual attack orders. The look and sound are solid, but that's not where the hook lies -- Wasteland 2: Director's Cut has a strong, evolving storyline that pulls players deeper into the less-than-perfect desert rangers and drives the game home with a story that lures and rewards players as they uncover the truth behind the innocuous radio signal.

The downside to the game is also one of the draws -- it's a dark tale that requires players to put aside notions of good to accomplish the mission goals. That the developers chose to integrate foul language and put in real-world elements, such as brothels, to underscore the feel of the game's desolate world seems a bit unnecessary and likely could have been discarded. Character creation also feels a little thin when it comes to character looks. Additionally, the camera, which is so zoomed out for a top-down perspective, is so removed from on-screen action that it can be extremely difficult to read text. Switch owners are better served docking their system to read words on a TV than its screen. But overall, the story and the classic gameplay of Wasteland 2: Director's Cut are what will keep RPG fans coming back hour after hour to play this adventure.

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