One day in the not too distant future, we will all get to play The Witcher 3. As expected, it received a rating of M for Mature. However, unlike The Order, the rationale for this rating doesn’t include a penis.
I love the ESRB. Not only do they rate games for us so that we know if it’s suitable for younger humans, they also give us insight into what sorts of experiences we can expect. The ESRB has rated the Witcher 3 and given the following summary for its M for Mature rating.
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.
Of course we knew that Geralt would be “ploughing” more prostitutes in this game, but it’s interesting to see that there’s nothing showing explicit sex or full frontal nudity. I suppose with sexuality an optional element of the game, they don’t have any story-based reason to flaunt anything explicit. The game still has plenty to make it mature, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to even a mature teen. Also, autopsy of a torture victim and a bed covered in blood – what is going to happen in the story to make that happen?
Last Updated: February 24, 2015