Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked 1428: Shadows over Silesia 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
It's 1428, and the Hussite movement of Bohemia (the west of the modern-day Czech republic) is embroiled in a war in Silesia (modern-day western Poland, north-eastern Germany and the north-eastern Czech Republic). In this conflict, you play Hynek, a Hussite commander, and Lothar, a member of the order of the Knights Hospitaller. Both have their own worldviews and allegiances, but when a greater threat emerges, they must try and put down their weapons and forge an alliance to face it.
Gameplay is a mix of combat, exploration, character interaction, stealth mission, and puzzles. Fights are challenging with a focus on realism. You must study your opponent to find weaknesses and openings to then advance and deal damage. You explore the world, talking to characters and reading notes and messages to figure out what to do next. Sometimes, you infiltrate enemy encampments and bases, where you must avoid being spotted by the guards; careful and slow advancement is essential. Puzzles range from rearranging statues to solving codes, and all rely on careful observation of the world around you.
The result is a deep dive into an oft-forgotten part of European history. There's a challenging mix of gameplay mechanics, from combat to stealth to puzzles. Most impressive is the depth of discovery here (reading books, decyphering letters and so on) that makes the world a rewarding place to explore.
The developer provides the following mature Content Description on Steam: "The game includes nudity, rude speech, extreme violence, sexual acts, sexual content, non-consensual sex, suicide and alcohol".
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 fights require precise timing and careful study of your opponents to find openings to attack. Sometimes you can die repeatedly, which can be frustrating.
Release Date: 04/10/2022
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Accessibility: 43 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
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