Biomutant Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Biomutant is an open world role-play adventure game where you play a Raccoon warrior in a large world filled with mutated animals. Exploring this living breathing ecosystem has the feel of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but in a broken down steampunk aesthetic and with political implications to your actions. It's a game about protecting the creation before it’s too late.

After choosing your character's appearance, attributes and career you head into the world. Through branching storylines you take on missions to heal the polluted tree of life and save the planet, following each of its roots into different realms. In the large world you encounter six tribes, three want to heal the tree and three plan to go their own way.

As you interact, fight and adventure you affect the world and the state of these tribes through the game's political simulation. Will you ally with one tribe to eliminate the others, or work with them all?

As you progress you collect parts to craft and enhance your unique weapon. You can also gain cryogenic and electrical enhancements that help you in the high-action battles. Winning these battles enables you to level up attacks and strengthen attributes

Some areas of the game require certain abilities or customised body parts. As you gain these you get access to more of the large, rich world. Weather and day-night changes as time passes and you can seamlessly explore anywhere you can see in the game. Some of this exploration requires some light puzzle-solving such as limited oxygen supply or barriers that must be circumnavigated.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/05/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: @Experiment1O1

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 30 hours and 100 hours to complete. This is a long game. The nature of the experience means you can get through the main quests in around 30 hours but it will take 100s of hours to see everything.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Biomutant usually costs £54.99 to £59.99.
 

Biomutant

Xbox One £54.99
PS4 £54.99
PC £59.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence to fantasy characters. The majority of the violence is mild and involves fantasy animal creatures fighting with a mixture of weapons and their mutant abilities. There is no sight of injuries and defeated enemies simply fall to the floor. However, there are also a few scenes of more moderate violence involving fantasy creatures, including a character being picked up and repeatedly slammed into the ground and a character being picked up by the throat and strangled.

ESRB TEEN for TEEN Fantasy Violence, Crude Humor, Use of Tobacco, Blood, Alcohol Reference. Players use swords, staffs, and firearms (e.g., pistols, machine guns) to defeat enemies. Battles are sometimes frenetic, with realistic gunfire, impact sounds, and screams of pain. A finishing attack is highlighted by slow-motion effects, and some creatures emit splashes of red blood when struck. The game contains instances of crude humor: the central character urinating on a sign; a character vomiting; the central character getting ejected from a large creature's anus. One protracted sequence requires players to interact with a character at a bar, with dialogue referencing alcohol (e.g., “…he could point you towards something fun to drink – so that you could share with the tipsy tipster”; “That one's more intoxicating now, aged in truck tankers…”; “The drink helps him forget the state the world is in, but it only last until tomorrow.”). One character is frequently seen smoking from a hookah.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. You need some skill to progress, but also the wherewithal to investigate and discover the huge open world.

AccessibilityAccessibility

The game narrator talks on behalf of the characters you meet. It also offers comic-book style word depictions of combat sounds. There are audible clicks when your gun runs out of bullets.

You can adjust subtitle size, colour, background and opacity. You can scale the head-up display and turn on and off different items: quest markers, damage numbers, enemy indicators, comic book text effects, waypoints. You can turn the compass on and off and adjust whether it orients to your view.

You can opt for the rapid button pressing of cinematic Quick Time Events to auto-complete. When shooting your character automatically locks on to a target.

You can extensively adjust the sound in the game, balancing music, effects, ambience, voice, speech. You can also specify the Frequency of the narrator that adjusts how long the gibberish style speaking lasts.

Edit: These accessibility notes previously suggested there were audio ping waypoint guidance and onboarding to help blind players. These features are not present in the game. They were listed here as a result of a database error. This has highlighted other issues we are addressing.
 
Our Biomutant Accessibility Report details 29 accessibility features:


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