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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Aliens: Dark Descent 10 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 weeks ago.
Set in the Aliens franchise of films, you play Maeko Hayes, a low-level administrator in a distant galaxy who discovers his base has become infested by Xenomorph aliens. You lead a squad of special forces as they attempt to wipe out the invaders and gather intelligence to unravel the mystery of their appearance.
You guide your troops through the different areas of the base, gathering resources and upgrading as you shoot and defeat the aliens you encounter. While a full-frontal attack is possible, being spotted alerts all the other aliens nearby. This makes reaching your objectives harder and also increases your troops' stress level, which in turn makes them miss shots. The better approach is usually slower and more considered, stealthily sneaking through the hallways and only engaging in combat when absolutely necessary.
The result is a game that feels like a good horror movie by making you avoid enemies or risk panic amongst your team and a horde of aliens relentlessly pursuing you. Carefully and strategically making your way unseen through each new area, then ending off each mission with a tense climax as you finally face the enemy makes for a thrilling experience.
The developer provides the following Mature Content Description on Steam: "Aliens: Dark Descent contains scenes involving violence, blood, gore and strong language."
12+ 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. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. While there's no need for quick reactions or good reflexes as you can pause the action at any time, you need to develop clear strategies for overcoming the alien creatures, and also stay calm in tense, high-pressure scenarios.
Aliens: Dark Descent
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can buy the Lethe Recon Pack, which adds extra cosmetic items to the game.
The following in-game purchases are available:
Aliens: Dark Descent - Lethe Recon Pack
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