We've documented 13 accessibility features for Kenshi, including Custom Difficulty, Remap Buttons, Play Without Hearing, Colour Blind Friendly and Speaker Indicator. Its accessibility is strongest in Visual and Reading but it also has features in Controls, Audio, Difficulty and Getting Started to reduce unintended barriers.
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Our accessibility examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Kenshi accessibility 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 21 months ago.
While there aren't any difficulty settings, you can choose your starting scenario (ie. out in the desert, a townsperson etc.), some of which are more difficult to successfully survive from. The estimated difficulty of each scenario is shown. You can also extensively customise many aspects of the game to suit your play style, from the size of people groups to your starvation time.
The text throughout is often very small, and cannot be adjusted, and there are also many times when it does not contrast well with the background, making it often difficult to read.
Many of the in-game menus and interfaces are very full of information that can be hard to understand when you are new to the game, and this can make starting the game feel very overwhelming, along with the generally high difficulty.
There are also many times when the game can appear somewhat monotone in colour, making some objects difficult to distinguish from others.
Release Date: 06/12/2018
Out Now: PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds
Accessibility: 13 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Costs: Purchase cost
We've documented 2 accessibility features for Controls in Kenshi which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.
Mouse And Keyboard
Can play with the following:
Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.
Can customise the controls for the game as follows:
Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.
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We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Difficulty in Kenshi which deals with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and whether this is locked once chosen or can be adjusted as you play.
Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game to create a challenge of an appropriate level. Adjusting elements individually enables you to tailor gameplay to suit your needs and style of play.
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We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Getting Started in Kenshi which deals with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.
Assistance For Progressing
These features aid your progress through the game offering different ways of maintaining your progression.
Save Progress Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time. This doesn’t mean you never lose progress, but it does mean you can stop whenever you want (without having to get to a save point) without losing progress.
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We've documented 3 accessibility features for Reading in Kenshi which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.
How much reading is required to play the game's main path or story and how complex the language is. The presence of voiced characters doesn't reduce this requirement, as it's recorded as a separate datapoint.
Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) would appreciate.
All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.
Speaker Indicator: Textual captions indicate who is speaking (or there is only ever one person speaking). This can also be indicated visually in the game with character icons or placing text in speech bubbles next to the person speaking.
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We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Navigation in Kenshi which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces. The following games are similar to Kenshi, and offer accessibility features for Navigation:
We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in Kenshi which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.
Motion Sickness Friendly
Motion Sickness Friendly: Doesn't have 3D movement elements that may trigger motion sickness, like motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision. Or includes the ability to disable motion blur, depth of field and field-of-vision effects.
Colour Blind Friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colour blind friendly mode with double coding or similar way to avoid colour dependance.
Turn Off Blood: Reduce or disable graphic content of blood and gore.
Turn Off Dismemberment: Disable graphic depiction of dismembered bodies and corpses.
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We've documented 2 accessibility features for Audio in Kenshi which deal with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.
Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.
Play Without Hearing
Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.
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System Accessibility Settings
In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:
Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators.
Read more about system accessibility settings.