This War Of Mine Review
Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
The experience is intensified with The Little Ones version, which includes children to look after. The Little Ones optional expansion content, which can be bought with the game or purchased as downloadable content on PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
It’s a chance to experience the near-impossibility of survival and making the right decisions in these situations, doing the best you can with limited resources.
Play the game yourself before sharing with older teenagers or other appropriately-aged family members. Once you understand the civilian wartime narrative, together you can make choices about how to use your resources and prioritise your time.
Discussing which risks are the right ones to take, and how to spend your meagre resources, not only brings home the stark reality of war but can also balance more frivolous use of this setting with other video games like Fortnite or Call of Duty.
This game has been rated ESRB MATURE 17+.
This game was rated PEGI 18 for violence against innocent human characters and strong language. Not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: This game features multiple instances of violence against innocent human characters. Players control a small group of regular people, caught up in a brutal civil war, who can choose to interact with people peacefully by trade and negotiation, or take what they need by violence. As such, the player can kill a host of innocent people – including an elderly couple, civilians hiding in a church basement, doctors and nurses or a man incapacitated by a sniper – with heavy melee weapons and firearms. Their reactions are realistic, as they flinch with each blow and sometimes expel blood or beg the player to stop.
Strong language takes the form of ‘*!@?*’, in both dialogue and the graffiti scrawled outside of the characters' dwellings.
One scene features a soldier threatening a young woman with a gun, and marching her into a darkened bedroom. Sexual violence is heavily implied in this part of the game.
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. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
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