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Starfield (2023) is a role-play adventure where you explore the galaxy and forge your own Dungeons & Dragons space story. You can travel to thousands of unique worlds, interact with characters, and fight enemies with guns and lasers. Ambition on this scale can create a bland procedural experience, but like Oblivion and Skyrim from this developer, Starfield bucks the trend by combining a detailed story with the huge scope of its world.

In the far future of the 24th century, humanity has spread out amongst the stars and colonised the galaxy. With civilisation enjoying an uneasy peace between the two largest factions, you play an explorer and treasure hunter. From there, where you go, what you do, and how you choose to play is totally up to you as you forge your own story.

Play involves exploring planets, gathering resources, talking to characters, and fighting enemies. Each of the planets, moons, and space stations has its own unique environment, flora and fauna, and collecting resources from everywhere you visit allows you to upgrade your character's skills and abilities, build machines and robots, and customise your ship.

In cities and outposts, you talk to characters, complete missions and recruit new teammates to join you. Characters all remember how you treat them and can react accordingly, opening new opportunities while closing others. Combat with enemy groups and aliens is fast-paced as you use guns, lasers, and other long-range weapons to attack while dodging enemy fire and moving to find cover.

The result is a game that recreates the sort of adventure that Tolkien made famous. More than that (perhaps more like a Dungeons & Dragons adventure game) here your choices and actions define the story you experience. No two adventures are the same, as you explore different planets, make different decisions, and meet different people, creating a unique, engaging, and rich experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Starfield a year ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 60 hours and 100 hours to complete. You cna complete the main quests in around 30 hours. You are likely to take longer with side missions. To see everything coild take towards 200 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Bad Language and Violence.

In the US, ESRB state: From first-/third-person perspectives, players interact with various characters, complete quests, and search for supplies while battling enemies (e.g., humans, robots, alien creatures). Players use futuristic guns, lasers, axes, and explosives to kill enemies. Combat is fast-paced, with frequent gunfire, cries of pain, and explosions. Attacks on some enemies can result in blood-splatter effects; several environments depict blood stains on the ground around corpses. The game contains some suggestive material in the dialogue, and after sharing a bed with characters (e.g., “Life is a sexually transmitted disease that's a hundred percent fatal”; “I'm all for getting a little wild, but next time let's try it without the jetpacks”; “Talk about seeing stars, whew… that was amazing.”). A fictional drug (Aurora) is prominent in the game, with a section involving players' characters working in an illicit drug lab; players can also obtain Aurora by stealing or buying it from vendors (consuming Aurora results in a distortion effect on the screen). The words “f**k” and “bullsh*t” appear in the game.

Skill Level

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 combat is fast-paced and precision is required. Exploring the planets and making choices about what to do requires some level of thought.

CostsCosts

Starfield usually costs £59.99 to £69.99.
 

Starfield

Starfield

XBox Store Xbox X|S £69.99
XBox Store PC £69.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There is planned expansion to the game's story that will be available to buy.

There are several different editions of the game available to buy:
  • Standard Edition, which includes the game.
  • Premium Edition (digital only), which includes the game and access to extra story once it's released without having to pay extra, as well as extra cosmetic items, a digital artbook, and the soundtrack.
  • Premium Edition Upgrade (physical and digital), which you can buy to give you access to the Premium Edition content. In addition, the physical version comes with a Steelbook case for the disc and a patch. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/09/2023

Out Now: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 32 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Bethesda Studios (@BethesdaStudios)


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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