inFamous: Second Son’s Teen ESRB Rating Explained

March 3, 2014Written by Jason Dunning


Just like inFamous, inFamous 2, and inFamous: Festival of Blood before it, inFamous: Second Son for the PlayStation 4 has been rated Teen by the ESRB, with blood, drug reference, language, sexual themes, and violence listed as content descriptors.

To get the ESRB’s full ratings summary (which includes some very minor spoilers), see below:

This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Delsin Rowe, a young graffiti artist who gains super human abilities. From a third-person perspective, players explore the city of Seattle and use a chain and elemental-based powers (e.g., cinder blasts, smoke dash, neon shots) to defeat various humans and super-powered enemies. Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, cries of pain, and spurts of blood. Players have the ability to attack random civilians, though the activity is not encouraged. During some action-cutscene sequences, players can choose to spare or kill a character (choking a man with a chain).

The game also contains sexual material: a red light district; dialogue about foreplay or other suggestive content (“[T]he guy hasn’t been laid in seven years,” “Go. Live. Love… just not professionally,” and “Me give you money, that’s not how it works honey.”). Drugs are also referenced in dialogue (e.g., “The drugs, the drugs were heaven” and “Better dead than a pothead”). In one comic-book panel, two characters are shown unconscious beside drug paraphernalia.

The words “sh*t,” “a*shole,” and “d*ck” can be heard in dialogue.

inFamous: Second Son will be released on Friday, March 21st.

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