The Last Guardian, Battlefield 1 ESRB Ratings Offer up Combat & Campaign Details

September 26, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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In the first of a few new ESRB ratings, the Entertainment Software Rating Board gave Battlefield 1 a Mature rating for blood, strong language, and violence. The summary (potential spoilers ahead) continues by highlighting the ways you’ll kill enemy soldiers, as well as the different roles you’ll take on in the campaign:

This is a first-person shooter set in various locations during World War I. As players progress through the storyline, they assume the roles of fighter pilot, armor crewman, rebel fighter, and message runner in order to complete missions. Characters use rifles, pistols, machine guns, and grenades to kill enemy soldiers in frenetic, realistic combat. Battles are highlighted by frequent gunfire, cries of pain, and explosions. Some sequences depict enemies wielding flamethrowers; soldiers can be heard screaming while engulfed in flames. Players can also use knives or bayonets to stab enemies in stealth attacks. Splashes of blood can be seen when enemies are hit; one sequence depicts blood and corpses on a beach after a battle. The word “f**k” appears in the dialogue.

Next up, the ESRB gave The Last Guardian a Teen rating for blood and fantasy violence. In this ratings summary (spoilers ahead!), they discuss combat and how Trico can help you during the game:

This is an action-adventure game in which players control a young boy as he explores ruins and solves puzzles with his giant animal companion (Trico). Players can command Trico to zap blocked passages or strike enemies with a lightning attack that shoots from its tail. Enemies in suits of armor generally break into pieces when defeated; though soldiers sometimes emit blood-like flashes or red symbols when injured. In some levels, the player’s character can rip the helmets off enemy characters, though no gore is shown. Cutscenes also depict acts of violence and occasional blood: Trico attacked by spears or swords; Trico bleeding from wounds.

Finally, for the Mature-rated Watch Dogs 2, the ESRB says killing civilians may negatively affect your progress. They later add, “The game contains some sexual material: a man selling child pornography over the phone (no sexual acts or nudity depicted); a strip club depicting pole dancers and topless women; brief instances of male and female full-frontal nudity (e.g., a woman in body paint; a man standing with a woman outdoors).” You’ll also find characters smoking marijuana and injecting themselves with drugs, and “in one sequence, the player’s screen warps and blurs after consuming mushrooms laced with acid.”

Battlefield 1 releases on October 21, The Last Guardian releases on December 6, and Watch Dogs 2 releases on November 15.

[Source: ESRB (1), (2), (3)]