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Watch Dogs Rated Mature by the ESRB for Intense Violence, Partial Nudity and Much More

January 2, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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While we’re still waiting for Ubisoft to slap a new release date on Watch Dogs, the ESRB has rated the title on all systems, giving it an M for Mature and citing blood, drug reference, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language, and use of alcohol as the content descriptors.

The ESRB also included their Ratings Summary for Watch Dogs, which doesn’t really spoil anything, but is something you may want to avoid if you want to go into the game completely fresh:

This is third-person shooter/action game in which players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker trying to find an evil mastermind. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill various human enemies (e.g., criminals, police officers). When close to an enemy, players are able to shoot them in the head or knock them out with a black jack. Players have the ability to kill captives after (mostly) off-screen interrogations. Cutscenes depict further instances of violence (e.g., a man stabbed in the neck and shot multiple times). Combat is highlighted by cries of pain, blood-splatter effects, and realistic gunfire.

During the course of the game, female characters sometimes appear topless. One scene depicts women auctioned off to a room full of male buyers; in another scene, sexual moaning sounds can be heard behind walls. The central character is sometimes depicted drinking alcohol; after each shot, players are prompted to steady Aiden’s blurred vision/balance. In a few instances, characters are described as “addicted to narcotics” or “convicted of drug trafficking.” The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.

Are you intrigued by anything you read in the summary? When do you hope Watch Dogs releases? Let us know in the comments below.

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