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Escape from Tarkov Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 7 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.

It's unusual because of its realism. Unlike game such as Call of Duty this focuses on the affects of wounds in specific areas of the body. Different wound locations require different medical dressings and bandages. You have fine control of your movement speed and crouch height. In keeping with the realism, Escape from Tarkov has minimal information on the screen. To check your bullets you need to look at the firearm magazine manually as no on-screen counter is provided like in other games.

When shooting the game models realistic ballistics, including features such as ricochets and bullet penetration. You can gain and use firearms, equipment, and armour as you play or keep it for later missions. You can also build and customise weapons from their constituent parts. You also need to look after your energy and hydration levels over the course of a raid.

Escape from Tarkov has various online modes: raids, scavenger missions. You can play on your own or with others. In each mission you have objectives and an extraction point on the other side of the map. Other individuals and teams are doing the exact same thing so you must fight them and non-player characters to escape. You can opt to complete tasks or play with hinderances to access additional extraction points near the middle of the map: paying roubles, not having a backpack or having certain items equipped.

Between missions you can buy and sell items and take on tasks from traders to access more items and quests. You also have an upgradeable Hideout area that, as you equip it, gives you in-game bonuses.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 27/07/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BStateGames


Duration: It takes between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round of this game. Each raid lasts between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the map.
Players: You can play this with 14 players online.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online. The developer has stated there will be no in-game purchases for items. All of the items and currency must be earned in the game itself.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Although it doesn't have an official PEGI or ESRB rating as it's not on a system that requires these ratings. It is rated RARS 18 in Russia. This is because of the realistic and graphic violence in the game. Other players fall to the ground when killed and blood splatter can be seen on your screen and sprayed onto walls behind targeted players. Enemies call out in pain as they die. Because of this it's likely to get a PEGI 18 and ESRB MATURE 17+ rating.

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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @GeekDadGamer

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