Flawed, absurd, and violent adventure is also deeply fun.
No reviews yet.Add your rating
Based on 2 reviews
Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Biomutant is a third-person action/adventure game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PCs. Armed with a variety of guns, melee weapons, and magic-like powers, players kill numerous enemies, including animals and people. But while there's violence, there's not as much bloodshed as there is in similar games, and there's no gore. There's some smoking and drinking, though -- the former is represented by someone enjoying a hookah, while the latter appears when a character asks you to join him at the bar, presumably for an alcoholic beverage. There's also a bit of toilet humor, with one quest having you try to get a rather large poop. You also activate signposts in towns by urinating on them, and while they don't show you actually urinating, you do see a yellow puddle form.
There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What’s It About?
In BIOMUTANT, the world's coming to an end. While the World Tree still stands, a plague is ruining the land. Set long after humanity has ceased to exist, but has left its remnants behind, you play as a brave warrior who must use weapons, magic-like powers, and martial arts to stop the coming apocalypse or allow it to happen -- the choice is yours Oh, and you're a sentient, bipedal rodent of some kind. Using a variety of weapons, you must improve yourself and your skills so you can take on those who would hinder or hasten the coming apocalypse. A third-person, open world action-oriented role-playing game, this has you getting into numerous fights, exploring the landscape, scrounging for supplies, running errands for people, and completing missions that will advance the story... or advance the end of Earth. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions take advantage of the visual strength of the newer systems, producing graphics that are visually vibrant -- up to 4K resolution. They also carry over the progress from the PS4 or Xbox One saved games.
Is It Any Good?
While problematic games are usually lost causes, this flawed and absurd open world third-person action-packed role-playing game eventually manages to become a fun and epic adventure. In Biomutant, you play a sentient and bipedal rodent warrior who's either trying to save what's left of the Earth years after an environmental apocalypse wiped out humanity, or you're trying to hasten the world's demise. Either way, you spend your time running around a vast open world, getting into skirmishes with fellow anamorphic animals, running errands, scrounging around for supplies, and generally improving yourself enough to take on bigger enemies. It's a good thing you're not only skilled with guns and melee weapons, but magic-like abilities as well.
What undermines this otherwise solid adventure game is how it's as flawed as it is silly. It takes far too long for you to get weapons that are effective, and even then, your shooting skills are hindered by your inability to look down the barrel of your gun. Then there's the super chatty narrator, who has a penchant for dad jokes and cliché sayings, as well as such silly characters as an Elvis-loving beaver and a giant lizard in pajamas. But everything changes when you finally get weapons that work well. It's then that the skirmishes get exciting, especially since they have you using guns, melee weapons, and magic-like attacks in concert to take out multiple enemies who attack from all sides. The recent release of the game on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S also showcases this world in beautiful 4K for players that have upgraded screens, or at silky smooth frame rates at lower resolutions for the fast paced combat. Add to that a ton of nicely varied missions and puzzles, a wonderfully lush and dangerous world to explore, and numerous ways to customize your weapons (and yourself), and Biomutant finally becomes a sweeping, effortless, and ultimately engaging action-packed adventure.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about risking your life. In Biomutant, you can play as someone trying to save the world, but how far would you go to save humanity? Would you risk your own safety?
Throughout Biomutant, the player learns how the planet's previous residents -- i.e., humans -- polluted the world so much it led to their destruction, so how can you stop this from happening, both at home and at school?
In Biomutant, you're often given the chance to do something good or something bad -- or nothing at all, so how do you know what the right decision is?
- Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Release date: May 25, 2021
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Adventures, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Strong Language, Use Of Tobacco
- Last updated: September 9, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster
Occult adventure touches on mature themes of good and evil.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Fantastic, imaginative adventure with strong female lead.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Accessible platformer is fun but lacks challenge.
For kids who love adventure
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate