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Deathloop (2021) is a shooting game where you play an assassin stuck in a time loop. You wake on a beach while residents of Blackreef island have gathered for a party that seemingly lasts forever. Your mission is to assassinate 8 guests but at the end of each night time resets and starts again.

It's a shooting game where the novelty is that you can learn behaviours and patterns of enemies each time you play the current day's loop. This enables you to work out how best to kill the eight individuals you need to assassinate.

The game-day is split into four. You can spend as long in each as you want but you can only explore one district in each time. At first, this means it's impossible to kill everyone in your single day. You need to work out how to get them together by investigating their lives and schedules throughout the day. You also need to learn how the environment changes in different periods, with the party kicking off, a snow storm freezing water to offer new routes and changing patrol paths of guards.

Although you start fresh each day, you can spend resources to keep some upgrades from one day to the next. Still, you need to pick up items each day to make good progress. Over time you build a character who fits your approach to the challenge of the loop.

On PlayStation 5 the game uses the DualSense controller. If your weapon jams in the game, the triggers of the controller can't be pressed and are blocked. If you run out of ammo the trigger goes limp. This kind of control feature means that you can't use the DualShock 4 controller to play Deathloop.

Deathloop is a quest to live a perfect day, albeit a perfect day for a killer. For those mature enough for this gruesome task it offers an intriguing and challenging experience that needs as much thinking as it does shooting.

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked Deathloop 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 13 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Fighting, Simulation and Stealth elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game. Deathloop adds in a multiplayer element where other random players (or friends) can play Julianna (rather than letting her be computer-controlled) who will try and protect the time loop and take out Colt. She can hide as any non-player character before popping out to cause harm to the hero. You can opt to turn this off, but letting it happen extends the game in novel directions (as well as granting you extra life and upgrades if you defeat her). This means, of course, that you can choose to play as her and invade other players games. It's a nice break from the main action and requires a different approach and use of Julianna's stealth powers.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete. Turning on the ability for other players to jump in as Julianna extends the longevity considerably.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Bad Language. Human characters can be shot, stabbed, impaled or dismembered, with realistic responses and blood effects. When characters are defeated, their bodies disappear. The game also contains use of strong language ('*!@?*'). There is a scene in which the player approaches a brothel. While no sexual activity is shown, sexual sounds can be heard coming from inside.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong violence and coarse language, online interactivity.

Skill Level

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.

Account Rating

  • 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.


Deathloop usually costs £49.99 to £59.99.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox Series X|S.
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/05/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting (Fighting, Simulation and Stealth)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Arkane Studios (@ArkaneStudios)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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