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Just Die Already Review
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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Just Die Already is a sandbox game where you play a retiree in a near future where people aren’t having any children and pensions funds are drying up. It's an intentionally absurd set-up of old people fending for themselves in a world that wants them to "Just Die Already" to create madcap mayhem.

Playing as an "old person", your task is not only to survive but to perform dangerous challenges and explore the world for retirement tickets. Like the developer's previous game Goat Simulator it's a bizarre race to find secrets score points, and not die in all manner of bone-cracking ways.

The world can be interacted with in all sorts of ways, with lots of items to pick up and real physics simulated. The city is filled with detailed environments, loaded with secrets and hidden paths, that encourage detailed exploration and quirky experimentation to truly see it all.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 20/05/2021

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Double Moose (@DoubleMoose)

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CommitmentCommitment

Players: You can play this with 4 players online. You play on your own or with up to 4 players online to complete challenges together, or just cause your friends to come a cropper.

CostsCosts

Just Die Already usually costs £11.49 to £11.99. 

Just Die Already

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One. A demo of Just Die Already is available on Steam.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence. This game contains moderate violence. However, the violence is comic and non-realistic in nature, with the player's character reacting in an exaggerated manner to various improbable events such as stepping on land mines and being eaten by piranhas. While blood is shown and characters can be dismembered, this is presented in a comic and non-realistic manner, with characters able to continue moving even with limbs and other body parts missing.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

The marketing material described some of the interactions... "Ever wanted to turn yourself into a human missile, launching yourself at your foe from a catapult? Just Die Already has you covered. Considered using your disembodied head as a weapon to take out your rival? That’s just part and parcel of play. Just Die Already is filled to the brim with crazy tools and contraptions."

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The start of the game acts as a tutorial in which all of the main controls are displayed over the gameplay, and you also learn the basics of how to interact with the world the game inhabits. Throughout the game, all of the items you can pick up and use have the controls you need to use clearly displayed over them. Although there are no specific difficulty settings, the quests you are given vary in difficulty, letting you play the game regardless of skill.

Much of the in-game text, including speech bubbles and control advice, are quite large, but often do not contrast well with the background, for example, white text in a light pink speech bubble. Additionally, there isn't any voice acting, meaning this text is the only way to receive often vital information. Apart from the text, the game is generally high contrast, with the cartoon art style helping to distinguish between different objects and pieces of scenery.
 
Our Just Die Already Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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