Killzone: Shadow Fall Rated Mature by the ESRB: Expect Intense Violence, Strong Language, More

October 8, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


As we grow closer and closer to the PS4 release on November 15th in the United States and Canada, more ESRB ratings for those PS4 launch titles are going to start popping up, with Killzone: Shadow Fall marking the first exclusive title to be given a rating by them.

Ringing up Shadow Fall for blood, intense violence, and strong language, the ESRB gave Killzone an ‘M’ for Mature rating, with the following summary describing what you can expect from the game:

*Minor spoilers

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a futuristic soldier trying to keep peace between two warring nations. Players use pistols, machine guns, explosives, and melee attacks to kill human soldiers in frenetic combat. Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large blood-splatter effects occur during combat.

The game sometimes depicts close-up attacks against enemies (e.g., slashing/stabbing the neck). Players have the ability to kill non-adversary characters (e.g., civilians) in the environment, though these acts are not encouraged/rewarded. Cutscenes sometimes depict intense acts of violence: execution, self-inflicted gunshots, electrocution of a bound character. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

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