According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Violence

Parents should be wary of Wayward's mature rating before picking this game up for the kids. This is a violent game, with lots of monsters, blood, gore, and occult overtones. While the game has an option for turning off the blood, the rest of the content is still largely inappropriate for kids.

Fans of the first game will certainly want to check out this new incarnation of the series. It doesn't play all that differently from the first title, but the things that made that game interesting are all present and accounted for here.

Casual gamers are probably best served by taking a "rent first" approach. Wayward is a relatively short game despite the extra difficulty modes, and its simplistic gameplay will definitely turn some players off.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers won't get much enjoyment out of Wayward. None of the game's dialogue is subtitled, and even a look through the audio options didn't turn up a feature to turn subtitles on.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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