Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bloodshore 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 months ago.
You play Nick, an actor who, when his career takes a downturn, signs up to be on the hit reality game show Kill/Stream. It's an extreme contest where people battle it out in a Hunger Games-style fight to the death on the tropical Bloodshore Island. But all is not as it seems, and as you play, you begin to unravel the island's secrets by making decisions that could cost you (or fellow contestants) your life.
To play you watch video scenes unfold, listening to conversations and noting important details, then making a choice at the end of each one. Some of these choices can appear inconsequential, like deciding which gun to give to someone in your temporary alliance, while others are far more significant and can permanently affect the story, like choosing whether to kill or spare a stranger. The story's climax varies significantly depending on your choices, which can ultimately affect whether you make it out alive.
The result is a unique take on the FMV (full-motion video) genre, where you make life-and-death choices and dictate your character's fate. Going back after a first play-through to make different choices and discover new outcomes and story beats is all part of the fun and means there's still lots to do after the credits roll.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.
You see people being shot with blood on their skin and clothing. There's a scene where a dead body is found with entrails spilled over the ground. Head injuries and cuts are often seen as well.
14+ 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. The gameplay revolves around choosing between two options that appear on the screen, which dictate the direction the story takes. As long as you can read these there are no other skill-related barriers to play. To enjoy the game you need to have the skill to process the relational dynamics and survival tensions.
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