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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Naraka: Bladepoint 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
You play on your own or in teams of three, choosing your hero based on their special abilities. To get started you need to hunt down and collect different weapons, defensive and movement items. All the while you need to be careful not to be ambushed.
When you find another group or person combat is often in close quarters, however, you need to be careful to assess what your enemy has before rushing in. You need to carefully use your different (standard, special, combo and charge) attacks carefully. Here, the game is more like a single-player combat title, allowing you to read tells from other players' movements as well as find a rhythm with your movement and offensive moves.
Teams can use their special attacks in combination. For example, you may have the ability to become invisible and then aid your teammates by combatting enemies from behind. It's these cleverly designed abilities and their combinations in teams that really makes this game stand out.
If you are knocked down other players can revive you to avoid death becoming permanent. As is the way with battle royale games, as time passes the playable area in the game steadily shrinks, leaving a small group to fight it out to be the winners.
Out now on PC, coming to PS5 and Xbox.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Scary Scenes.
11+ 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. It's a rapid high-skill movement and fighting game. It requires considerable practice and ability to do well at, but is still a lot of fun even if you don't win.
- 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 Series X|S.
- 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 5.
- In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
- You need a subscription to play online:
There are different versions of this game available, as well as separate additional paid content.
- Naraka: Bladepoint Deluxe Edition: Offers exclusive Spear Skin and Immortal Treasure * 10.
- Naraka: Bladepoint Ultimate Edition: Offers exclusive outfit, grappling hook and Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Booklet.
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Release Date: 11/08/2021
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Players: 1 (60 online)
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
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