January 13, 2021
Common Sense Media Overexaggerates
Common Sense Media Overexaggerates, The Witcher 3 is absolutely suitable for a 12yr-13yr old, all of the sex is optional and can be skipped and the Violence is very awesome, Grealt of Rivia is a very good role model he helps people who are in need or desperate. My son says its the best Medieval RPG game he has ever played, the only reason I purchased The Witcher 3 on Steam to my son who was 12 is because the sex is optional and can be skipped, he is playing The Witcher 3 more often he is 13 right now.
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October 30, 2021
A fair review…
This game is absolutely incredible but it does have quite a bit of gore in it. It’s in third person so it’s not as severe as a game like Doom but it’s still fairly gory. I personally don’t think much about sex, but I know most parents do so I’m including this here. Any mature teenager can probably handle this game. It’s not like they don’t know that these things exist or haven’t seen them. And let’s be real, if you’ve been on the internet you’ve almost definitely seen pornography. This game does have some good role models and is one of the best games my daughter and I have ever played. If your child or in this case teen is mature, then they can almost definitely handle this game.
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January 30, 2023
FULL, DETAILED REVIEW FOR PARENTS!
***Summary here, more details/explanation/examples below: - Very gory sword combat with slow-motion "finishers" including decapitation. - Some sequences are very "horror-style" scary. - Sexual encounters are included in the game and are partially shown, albeit completely optional based on player choices. - Full female nudity is relatively frequent and in many cases is NOT optional. - Sexual references or innuendoes are relatively frequent. - Many references to witchcraft and cursing, much of which is very dark and/or based on real-world witchcraft practices. - Relatively frequent cursing, including s**t and f**k. At the time of this review, I have played approximately 50 hours of gameplay. I have not finished the main questline, but considering everything I have already encountered it is enough to say with a high degree of confidence that this is NOT a child-friendly game. The Witcher 3 is considered one of the best RPG's of all time, and for good reason. Gameplay is excellent, combat is engaging and satisfying, player customization is wide, and the storyline is written and designed in a way that player's choices actively determine certain outcomes and affects the in-game environment. A player could replay The Witcher 3 one hundred times and probably still encounter something new or discover a new way to complete a quest. That said, this is a game clearly not appropriate for children. Depending on one's personal standards, convictions, or sensitivities, even some adults should be very wary of what they are getting into. ***BLOOD AND GORE*** It should be no surprise that at an M-rated sword game is very violent. Most of the combat is focused on destroying evil monsters, but there are many encounters with humans as well. Humans and monsters alike can die by decapitation of head or limbs, being split straight in half across the torso, explosions, crossbow bolts, burning, magical blasts, etc. Combat is bloody and intense. There are many situations where the player has a choice whether to respond in violence or dialogue. ***SEXUAL CONTENT*** Very severe sexual content! Many reviewers like to qualify this by saying "sexual encounters are totally optional!" and this is true. But it IS included in the game! It IS an option, which is why parents should be very cautious. The player can choose to have sex in multiple situations with multiple different women, including the hiring of a prostitute. What is NOT optional is the quite constant female nudity. Much of this nudity is featured in the main questline. Some of the nudity is part of cutscenes, and is therefore skippable when encountered, but a new player will not know ahead of time until the nudity is already on-screen. There are also scenes including full nudity which are neither optional nor skippable. For example, in one mission on the main questline the player walks through a bath house filled with men and women fully nude from the waist up. Many women are fully nude head to toe. There are other scenes that combine sexuality/nudity with very intense violence. During one unavoidable mission in the main questline, it becomes known that an enemy character enjoys hiring multiple prostitutes at a time so he can torture and kill them. The player walks in on the "aftermath" of one such encounter and can see a scantily clad woman nailed to the wall with wooden stakes, another hanging from the ceiling by a rope around her neck, and a tub full of fully nude, recently murdered women. In a side questline, the player walks in on an encounter between a man and a prostitute he has just hired, tied to a chair, gagged, and beaten. The woman is visible to the player and is fully nude, bloody, panicked, and struggling, while the man is standing over her with a hot iron and is prepared to, as he puts it, "make her skin not-so-rosy." The player can choose to intervene or leave it be. Many of the monsters the player encounters and fights are female human-like creatures with exposed breasts. Some of them are hideous, and others have a purposeful grotesque attractiveness. The above examples are some of the most intense or explicit nudity I have encountered so far, but this is hardly a complete list. I have left out numerous other scenes, and a player is sure to encounter more as they continue the main questline further than I have. Besides the actual nudity and optional sexual encounters, it is worth mentioning that multiple areas of the in-game world contain very scantily-clad prostitutes, who often make extremely suggestive comments as your character walks by (e.g., "You would look amazing... on top of me," something like that, and other such comments). There are also relatively frequent references to sex in dialogue options or overheard conversations, some of which are more explicit than others. ***WITCHCRAFT/SPIRITUALITY*** Some parents are more sensitive to this than others, so I will include a fuller explanation of witchcraft in the game. Witchcraft is quite frequent, as should be clear from the title. The player's character does not engage in much witchcraft outside his five magical spells that are able to quickly aid him in combat. Using these spells technically means the use of magic, but it does not really "feel" like witchcraft; it plays out like simple "combat powers" the player is able to use. Besides this, the player frequently encounters sorcerers, pellars, witches, soothsayers, and the like. Scenes and questlines with these characters often feature things like communing with the spiritus of the dead, foretelling of the future, casting or lifting curses, magical tomes and lamps, the use of "voodoo" dolls, imagery including pentagrams and other occult references, etc. One of the often-encountered monsters is a wraith, which is basically a bitter or restless spirit which cannot find rest unless killed or aided somehow. The questlines to hunt and defeat these spirits often feature very adult themes while discovering what led to the existence of the wraith (murder, rape, betrayal, etc.). A particularly disturbing storyline within the main questline centers around a miscarried fetus which has transformed into a "botchling," which, as explained in-game, is a resurrected fetus which has been discarded or dishonored without proper burial rites. The botchling is a baby-like demon-creature with rows of fangs which hunts pregnant women at night in order to magically sap their strength and eventually consume both mother and unborn. (SPOILERS UNTIL NEXT HEADING) The questline requires you to destroy the botchling before anything bad can happen. You do this by either helping the father of the botchling transform it into a "lubberkin," which is a guardian spirit of the family it never knew, or by battling and slaying the botchling. Either of these options then allows you to proceed in the questline. If you changed the botchling into a lubberkin, you summon the lubberkin to guide you to the next part of the quest. If you slay the botchling, you take some of its blood to a pellar who can then perform a magical rite/ceremony with its blood to point you in the right direction. I don't care how old you are: This whole concept is quite dark and disturbing. ***OTHER ADULT THEMES*** Many of the questlines involving monster hunting are quite scary in a "horror movie" sort of way. There is also cursing. This is far from frequent, but does occur regularly. Any curse word you can imagine is probably used at some point or another. The player can "loot" almost any bag or bookshelf. This is, essentially, theft. Many storylines feature very adult themes not mentioned above, including domestic abuse, adultery, war and the suffering it causes, political assassination, bad or even evil parenting, the disappearance and murder of children, disease, irresponsible debt, gambling, drunkenness, bad religion, the abuse of power, coercion, etc. ***POSITIVE THEMES*** Despite all of this, the game certainly has some redeeming qualities. The vast majority of the time, evil is clearly identified as that: evil. And, most of the time, you as the player can choose to fight and win against evil in your best efforts to do what is right. Many times, the best option is to keep a cool head and attempt to talk down adversaries or carefully weigh your options. Flying in sword drawn can get you into a lot of trouble. Actions have consequences. This is extremely apparent in the game for both the characters around the player and, more so than most other games ever made, for the player himself. The decisions you make have very real and very impactful consequences. You can choose to stand up for the oppressed or live and let live. Here's the kicker: Many times, your efforts to do the most good result in unforeseen negative consequences in a way that is believable and relatable. This is often how life goes. The whole game could be interpreted as a gritty commentary on ethical principles. Many times, there is no clearly "good" option. Life is complicated. It is impossible to calculate all possible outcomes, especially in a single moment of decision. The main character (Geralt), despite his readiness to pull out a sword to resolve problems, also possesses many redeeming qualities. Geralt is deeply committed his adopted daughter, around whom the entire game is centered. He is very clearly devoted to and deeply cares for those with whom he has become close over years of adventure and relationship. He is often a voice of reason and calm to those around him in many otherwise chaotic and dark situations. In general, Geralt puts on an air of bravado and likes to convince himself that he sticks to the Witcher way of absolute neutrality in all circumstances... but, in truth, often finds himself fighting for good and demonstrating kindness and helpfulness to those around him. ***SUMMARY*** All-in-all, The Witcher 3 is an extremely well-made, high-value video game which is very fun to play. It is clearly NOT for children as it contains pretty extreme violence, sexual content, and very adult themes. But it encourages healthy reflection on ethical principles and owning up to the consequences of one's decisions.
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January 2, 2023
Too much sex, and violent.
This game is really good, good story, good beside quest, good combat fighting, But it's too seductive and obscene, it have too much talk, and thought about sex thing, i cant stand when i see a prophet wear like too sexy, it's ok sometimes there is some sexy girl, but it's just too much even all companies of main character, i dont know what you do that for? i think if there is some person like doc, lawyer, teacher you much show that they have respect not some cheap to wear like that. I think if you do that this game will alot open to more age to play. And this is not a open world game, if you really like free choice choose Fallout series, a lot more fun about that side, why i say that, bc this game almost choice is kill and kill, or steal from the Npc. It's not have choice to make peace like Fallout, when you have to think the way to solve problem without bringing violent. The witcher didnt have that almost is kill, or a option is dont care, very little time it's talk thing out. So that the dialogue is good but it dont make you to think, to think a good talk to solve problem isnt easy to write. So i think Fallout go their way with more talk option but will be difficult for them because write them a lot more difficult, when you play you will know. But if you just like fight and fight not talk so the witcher is the best. Hope thing could be change someday, bc this game have a lot potential.
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July 25, 2021
Good game My kids love it and I think everyone should be able to experience this fantastic game! It has gore filters in case you are offended by those types of things
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July 25, 2021
One of the greatest games of all time, not particularly violent or vulgar and has violence can be avoided with filters and dialogue options
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July 25, 2021
Good RPG, a few mature parts
Does not deserve 18+ rating. The game is not particularly violent as the player can't see much of the onscreen violence due to the 3rd person perspective. Swearing is there but nothing that kids haven't already heard. Bought for my 12 year old son and he loved it! Couldn't recommend more!
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February 6, 2021
Absolutely amazing game that should not be an 18+
Why is this game a PEGI 18 or M rated for you Americans. Everyone is really over exaggerating about the violence and sexual content. Any child over the age of 10 should be allowed to play this because I’ve spent 100 hours playing and they can skip the cutscenes. It’s not as bad as people say it is
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January 26, 2021
I think that it is good for kids 10+ because sex is optional and violence is to monsters mostly
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August 25, 2020
Common Sense Media exaggerates in their review, teens can easily handle this content
First off, I would like to say that this game is not nearly as bad as the Common Sense Media review would have you believe. Early teenagers can definitely handle this game, and despite what parents would like to believe, they’ve probably seen worse. First off, violence. I find in most reviews, gore is often greatly exaggerated. In truth, even in the bloodiest games (which this does not even fall under) the “gore” is some red splashes, and little more. The Witcher is comparable to Skyrim in this sense, and unless your child was extremely sheltered from violence for all their life or feel sick at the sight of blood, they will be fine! In fact, you’re probably more scared or uncomfortable at the sight of blood than they are. Most teens are not fragile, and you treating them as such will only irritate and insult them. Secondly, sex and nudity. Again, many parents might underestimate their child’s ability to handle this. But let’s be honest - if they really want to see nudity and sex, they will, and no parental restrictions or stern lectures will stop them. With the internet and the increasing virtual connectivity in our society, they will find it, and you will likely never know. Hell, if they’re above the age of 15 or 16, they’re statistically probably not even a virgin. So trust your kids. If you tell them they’re not allowed to play the game because of this or if you try and disable cutscenes, it’ll only make them more determined and curious, and I can guarantee, you won’t win that battle. Besides, the nudity and suggestiveness in the Witcher is fairly light anyway, with the extent of it being the occasional breast or butt, along with a bit of suggestive moaning. Thirdly, language and drinking. As far as language goes, the Witcher doesn’t have anything a kid might not hear at school, using a fair bit of f**k, s**t, and the rare (though more offensive) c**t. While it’s hardly tame, again, they have probably heard it all before (maybe even from you!) so it shouldn’t be too bad. Where drinking is concerned, the Witcher is quite heavy on it in some parts, but that should only be a problem for you if alcohol is treated as a “forbidden fruit” at your table. If kids are curious, let them have a little to taste. Chances are, they’ll hate it, and probably won’t even consider drinking for quite a while. Luckily drugs are virtually non-existent, unless you count magical potions as drugs, which I think is ridiculous. And finally, although the tone of the story may be dark, there are countless small messages and characters throughout the game who are positive role models and send positive messages. It is up to the player how to act, and they can be a gruff disillusioned realist to a kind, caring protector. So to conclude, I would recommend the game for ages 14+, for teens can most definitely handle its content.