The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

In this game you play monster-hunter Geralt in a vast open world as he searches for his missing adopted daughter. The game responds to your actions and has dynamic environments, weather and day–night cycles that affect the creatures you hunt. It’s a fantasy world of humans, elves, dwarves and monsters but with a substantial sense of place. Lakes, cities, forests, rivers and castles dot the landscape and invite you not only to conquer the game but to explore the furthest reaches of the beautiful lands.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/05/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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

 

TipsTips

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 110 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

The Witcher 3 has two expansions, "Heart of Stone" that adds 10-16 hours of new quests and a new storyline and "Blood and Wine" that adds 30-45 hours of content, a new map and storyline. These can be purchased separately in the game or come with The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition. There are also smaller purchases that offer cosmetic enhancements, small quests and new decks for the in-game card game Gwent.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game was rated PEGI 18 for frequent strong and gory violence, violence towards vulnerable and defenceless persons and strong language. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The game features very frequent gory violence. As matter of course, Geralt is able to dismember, decapitate, disembowel and cut his enemies in half during gameplay combat. Other scenes of gore include, but are not limited to, a raven burrowing into a man’s eye socket and bursting from the back of his shattered skull, a man’s face melting and sizzling after being struck by a fire spell, men being gored by bears and more scenes of decapitation.

Violence against vulnerable and defenceless persons includes people being bound to and burnt at the stake, with graphic detail, and a baby being thrown in a hot oven – though it is later seen to be unharmed.

The word ‘*!@?*’ is used frequently and ‘*!@?*’ is used several times.

Geralt is featured in sex scenes with several different women; the couples’ genitals are not visible during intercourse, though there are other moments of full nudity.

There are several instances where sexual violence is graphically implied. In one scene, dead women are strewn around a bedroom, some of them naked. In another, a dead woman is found propped up on her bed, naked and with a bloody wound down her throat.

This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. 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. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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