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Tomb Raider Rated by the ESRB, Features “Fail Scenario”

January 7, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

The release of Tomb Raider is just under two months away on March 5th and the ESRB has rated the game, giving it an unsurprising ‘M’ for mature due to blood and gore, intense violence, and strong language.

Along with the fact that you’ll have to be 17+ to buy the game, they also pointed out that there will be several fail scenarios where you’ll see Lara die close-up because of missed action cues (i.e. a quick-time event).

Crystal Dynamics had said over a year ago that QTEs are “something we will leverage in the game,” but that they will represent “a small suite of our dramatic gameplay experience.” Based on the ESRB’s wording though, make sure you’re paying attention during all the cutscenes so you don’t miss one of those life-saving button presses.

Check out the full ratings summary for Tomb Raider below:

This is an action game in which players assume the role of a young explorer named Lara Croft who investigates a mystery surrounding an ancient queen. As Lara, players explore caves and ruins, and use arrows, firearms (e.g., pistols, shotguns, machine guns), and bladed weapons to battle wild animals, human enemies, and demonic soldiers. During several sequences, Lara is depicted getting stabbed, beaten, strangled, or shot by enemies; these close-up deaths occur as fail scenarios, usually when players miss certain action cues. A handful of cutscenes also depict enemy characters shot at close range. Large blood-splatter effects occur when characters are hit; one level depicts a demonic lair covered in dismembered human corpses–scattered limbs and pools of blood are prominent. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.

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