Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gets Rated ‘M’ For Gore, Intense Violence And Sexual Content
Well, we all knew that the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not be a game for the weak hearted given its history of violence and gore. So you won't be very surprised to find out that the game was given an 'M' rating by the ESRB. According to the games summary it was rated 'M' for the following reasons:
"Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol"
The Game Has Strong Violence and Gore Content
The game will be appearing across all platforms including the Mac where other major platforms include Windows, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox One. In the description, all elements of the game have been fully explained. Firstly the description starts of with justifying the Intense Violence where it gives an introduction of the games story:
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.
Moving on, the games description of Blood and Gore is explained using some very vivid word choice:
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).
The game's rating of Nudity and Strong Sexual Content is also covered where Geralt is explained to have been able to engage in sexual activity with prostitutes and other females in the game:
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.
Lastly, it justifies the rating according to the use of alcohol and mature language where abuses are hurtled in dialogues:
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.
Rating aside, it will be very interesting to see how the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt fares after such successful previous releases. And also how the new game is designed to overcome their legacy. Do share your views in the comments section.