This game is rated PEGI 12
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Horror and Wounds.
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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
Like the first game, you play mainly underwater. Here though, there are more land-based areas to explore. You find large structures to investigate both above ground and underwater which reveal the story and characters. The day-night cycle affects visibility and dynamic weather such as wind, snow, fog, and hail also hinder progress. You have a range of tools like the first game, with the addition of a Flashlight Helmet, Mineral Detector and Booster Tank.
You can play in different modes:
- Survival: Dealing with depleting health, hunger, thirst and oxygen. You can respawn if you die but lose items.
- Freedom: Hunger and thirst disabled but otherwise like Survival.
- Hardcore: If you die you have to restart from the beginning.
- Creative: Health and thirst are disabled. You also have access to all crafting without the need for resources.
- VR: The game can be played in VR mode with headsets such as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, with the additional input of a keyboard and mouse or game controller.
Release Date: 30/01/2019, updated in 2021
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 29 features
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, and Mild Language. Players defend themselves against predatory alien creatures. Small creatures may attack players if provoked; larger creatures can strike or bite players, causing Robin to cry out in pain. A mechanical suit with tools allows players to grab enemies and incapacitate them; aliens sometimes emit splatters of yellow liquid when hit. The words “damn” and “hell” appear in the dialogue.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
You can scale the user interface in the game from 0.7 to 1.4. There's an option to automatically pause the game when you open your PDA to assess the situation, plan moves and navigate.
The subtitles are large and clear, as is the pop-up information, but other text in crafting menus and trees is a lot smaller.
There are options to turn off flashes as well as highlight interactive elements of the game for greater visibility.
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