Killzone 3 ESRB Rating: Violence In Explicit Detail
Wouldn't you like to work for the ESRB? It'd be your job to describe a game's potentially offensive content in detail.
The ESRB has rated Killzone 3 and unsurprisingly, it has earned the "M"-Mature rating, mostly for extreme violence. A reader turned us onto the ESRB's content description, which sort of repels and attracts at the exact same time:
"This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of interplanetary soldiers who must salvage mankind's future. Players use electricity guns, pistols, machine guns, flamethrowers, and plasma grenades to destroy robot drones and enemy soldiers. Frenetic battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire and screams of pain; enemies emit large splashes of blood when shot. The game also depicts intense close-up attacks against enemies: snapping necks, slicing throats, stabbing or gouging eyes. Some weapons (e.g., boltgun and sniper rifle) can decapitate enemy soldiers with headshots, and one blood-splattered environment depicts severed human limbs. Language such as "f*ck" and "sh*t" can be heard in the dialogue."
Yeah, that sounds like a shooter. We find it interesting that so few of these descriptions are actually read by parents, many of whom still refuse to believe video games can have the same content as rated "R" movies. Just as a personal anecdote, I distinctly recall working at EB and having parents who not only didn't care what the ESRB said, but passed the entire thing off as a fad, and denounced the industry for "trying to be something real."
Of course, that was a good 10 years ago now but I'm sure those parents still exist. Anyway, KZ3 hits February 22 for all you mature individuals.
Related Game(s): Killzone 3
12/31/2010 10:37:49 AM Ben Dutka