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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Finals (2023) is an online shooting game where you are a contestant in a violent game show. You play from first person perspective, aiming to shoot opponents before they shoot you. The twist is that everything in the world from the buildings to the trees is completely destructible. This makes the game as much about demolition as it is about shooting, so you have to alter, exploit, and even destroy architecture to gain the advantage.

Play is like other shooting games. However, the tactical element of destruction makes it all the more important to communicate with your teammates. Not only to take advantage of things falling down, but to coordination your explosive attacks to bring down the environment in ways that favour your plans. Add to this the goal of collecting and guarding boxes of cash and you have a really tactical team challenge.

Within this basic premise you can approach battles in your own way. Perhaps you do better sneaking up on enemy squads with a katana, or maybe you prefer ripping an entire building out from under their feet with explosives then there's the guns that create platforms you can run along to gain a surprise advantage. You can lean into these tactics by picking skills, weapons and gadgets for your character that work with your play-style.

The result is a novel twist on the shooting game. Other games have offered destruction, but The Finals take this to the next level. It integrates the falling masonry into gameplay, and makes it possible to destroy every last beam. Coming to PC first and then PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked The Finals 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to The Finals. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Simulation game with Action, Strategy and Traversal elements. This is a 12-player online game. Three teams of three battle in quick-play mode. In tournaments, it's four teams of three.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.
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.

Although this is a high impact violent shooting game, it isn't likely to get a very high rating as the characters disintegrate into pixels when they die. You are playing in a virtual world and the violence you see is clearly simulated.

Skill Level

10+ 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. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Although there's a lot to learn to get started, once you have a grip of the different roles in the team and how you work together it's actually quite approachable.

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.


The Finals

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free
PlayStation Store PS5 Free
Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • 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: 07/12/2023

Price: Free

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 12 online

Genres: Shooting, Simulation (Action, Strategy and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Weather

Developer: Embark Studios (@EmbarkStudios)

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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