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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Kenshi 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
You first choose your character's appearance in the comprehensive character customiser, then pick where your life starts: maybe in a city as a lowly but strong and capable slave, or out in the wilderness with little hope for survival. You can then decide where to go and what you want to do, be that set up a new city, become a crime lord, or do anything else you can think of, so long as you don't get killed along the way. You can also decide whether to go it alone or recruit other characters to join your cause, either as equals or subjects.
It's a very difficult game by design, meant to resemble real post-apocalyptic life as closely as possible. There's no level-scaling, meaning everyone else starts out stronger than you, but you can gradually gain more strength. Depending on your choices, merely surviving can be nigh on impossible, or you can rise up to become the central power in the land.
It's an entirely unique approach to the role-playing genre, where you have no tasks to do or story to follow, besides the one you make yourself, in a creative experience that's unlike any other.
The developer states, "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content." The game includes blood and dismemberment (that can be turned off) and a swearing filter. There is some dialog that obliquely references sex, but not explicit. It does include drug trafficking, alcohol consumption, people trafficking as well as cannibalism (players can only be victims, cannot partake).
15+ 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 systems and open world experience makes this fascinating for older teenagers looking for a deep role-play experience, where they don't have to deal with other players.
Release Date: 06/12/2018
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Accessibility: 13 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
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