Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Crimson Desert 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
After the brutal King of Demeniss falls into a deep coma, the power vacuum creates instability as those who suffered under his rule scramble to replace him. As the continent shatters into various separate states, you play a mercenary struggling to survive in the ensuing chaos. You travel the world with your band, you fight those who would oppose you, tame magical dragons and ride them through the skies, and complete the many puzzles placed throughout the world.
Gameplay focuses on fast-paced melee combat similar to the Middle-Earth games. You use a variety of swords, axes and other weapons to quickly kill enemies, using only a few attacks to take down each in a matter of seconds. The fights are hard, and you need to block, dodge and roll to avoid incoming attacks. Alongside combat, you must constantly adapt to the changing seasons and weather, and hunt wild animals for food and resources.
The result is a game that's challenging but also fun and rewarding; constantly pushing you to use your abilities and attacks in ever more creative and ambitious ways, as you're swept up in a classic fantasy tale of warring factions, heroes, villains, and the fight to survive.
You can play this game in the following styles:
When attacking enemies or animals, frequent splashes of blood are visible, and corpses remain on the floor for a long while once a character has been killed.
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. Combat is very fast-paced and requires precise button presses to succeed. The game is also quite hard, with lots of practice being required to take on the harder fights. There are many different systems that you must become acquainted with as you play.
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Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Players: 1 (2 online)
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
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