We’ve always known that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won’t be for gamers with a weak stomach, or those that don’t enjoy seeing quite a lot of skin, and today the obvious “M for Mature” rating released by the ESRB did not disappoint.
This is an open-world role-playing game in which players assume the role of Geralt, a monster hunter in search of a missing woman. Players explore a war-ravaged world while completing quests and killing enemy soldiers and fantastical creatures (e.g., wraiths, harpies, rock beasts).
Characters engage in melee-style combat using swords and other bladed weapons, as well as magical attacks (e.g., blasts of fire, stun spells); combat is highlighted by screams of pain and impact sounds. Large blood-splatter effects occur when enemies are slashed, with some attacks resulting in decapitation or dismemberment.
Some cutscenes depict slow-motion decapitations and other gore: an autopsy of a torture victim, rooms with several corpses (e.g., hanging from the ceiling, covered in blood on a bed, naked in a tub).
During the course of the game, the central character can engage in sexual activity with prostitutes and female companions. These brief sequences depict females’ breasts and buttocks—sexual moaning sounds can be heard, though the camera cuts away from explicit sexual acts.
The game includes a side quest in which Geralt engages in a drinking game; characters are depicted drunk and/or passed out. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can be heard in the dialogue.
Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol.
I’m definitely very eager to get my hands on CD Projekt’s newest labor of love, and if what I’ve seen at various events is any indication, we’re in for a real treat.
I’m also rather interested in reading what the usual pundits will say about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s content. Good comedy is hard to come by, nowadays.