This game is rated PEGI 18
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Abducted, Defenceless Characters, Graphic Violence, Nudity and Sex.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.
In this game, you play the parent of an abducted child and must follow a trail of clues and gruesome challenges to save your son. You also play a detective investigating the case, a journalist also interested in uncovering what happened and a private investigator.
The choices you make in the game, and how well you perform in the challenges that require you to press combinations of buttons in quick succession, can result in one of the four characters dying and the narrative changing dramatically.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong violence, themes and sex scene.
12+ 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. Players need to be able to process information and make choices that have permanent consequences. There is some moving around and investigation skill required. Being able to enter into the narrative with a strong imagination also enhances the experiences.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
On PlayStation 3 you can purchase "The Taxidermist" addition content for Madison Paige, before the events of the main game. This is not available in the game's PlayStation 4 or PC port.
There is also a "Move edition" which allows you to use the Playstation Move controllers to control the game, and this comes with The Taxidermist pre-installed.
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There are three different difficulty levels that can be selected from the settings menu, and on the lowest difficulty, the reaction time for timed button presses is increased and the number of buttons in sequences and the number of simultaneous button presses are both greatly decreased.
Throughout the game, interactive objects are clearly highlighted with a glowing white outline, and buttons and actions that are required are overlaid over the gameplay similarly. The text in the game, including subtitles, is relatively large and is white with a black outline, ensuring it is relatively clear.
There is a section in the game where you need to remember the colour of the clothing of a character, which is important to note for people or those who struggle with memory recall.
With the Move Edition, you can use the Move controllers instead of using a regular Playstation 3 controller. Either way, there are motion controls that are a part of the gameplay but, where the Move edition gives you the choice of using either the regular controller or the Move controllers, the standard edition does not.
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