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The Sarcophagus is a vast psychedelic alien landscape teeming with life and dangers. You traverse with the help of your blade to deal with brutal, intimate, close-quarter combat. However, just as important is how you turn your weapon to tending the plant life of the world. This not only provides moments of contemplation and respite from the brutal combat but (more importantly) deeper access to obscured paths.
The game progresses with loops that can be restarted at key moments in the story. This not only gives you a chance to try areas again but make different decisions about how to interact and tend the flora and fauna of the world - which in turn unlock new skills and abilities.
The result is a platform-exploration game, commonly called Metroidvanias. It stands out first for its vibrant visual style. Mostly though, it's unusual for inviting players to bring life to the planet they are exploring (along with the death they are dealing with the aliens along the way).
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Ultros 6 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 days ago.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Violence. Players traverse the space station, interact with characters, and battle both human and fantastical enemies (e.g., bug-like creatures). Players use futuristic swords to attack enemies in melee-style combat. Battles are highlighted by impact sounds, cries of pain, and large blood-splatter effects. Some boss battles contain instances of gore: a creature's tendrils repeatedly cut off; a human character's arm cut off; a creature's eyes bursting. Players can also collect body parts from defeated enemies and store them in their inventory. The word “*!@?*” appears in the game.
The game features fantasy violence and blood, and light nudity depicted in an artistic manner.
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. You need to be quick at getting around the world, avoiding enemy attacks and using your sword wisely. Managing multiple systems is important too as you work to bring life back to the plants of the world to open new routes forward.
Release Date: 13/02/2024, updated in 2024
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made