This War Of Mine Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson and @JonahMonaghan.

OverviewOverview

Inspired by the 1992–96 Siege of Sarajevo, this is a war game where you play the civilian trying to survive during the fighting. You face tough decisions on how to spend time and resources each day to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a ceasefire is declared. At night you must venture out to gather materials and food.

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/11/2014

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @11BitStudios

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game. The main game takes around 14 hours to complete, although repeated play-throughs are warranted to see different characters and outcomes.

CostsCosts

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

There are three paid expansions, "The Little Ones", "War Child" and "Father's Promise". Each adds new aspects to the game. Some of these are included for free in more recent releases of the game.

This game is free with PlayStation Now. This game is free with Origin Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

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. 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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