Published on February 1st, 2014 | by dee1
Dark Souls 2 (II) Grabs an ESRB Teen Rating for Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity and Violence
Many of the large gaming companies battle for an low ESRB rating so that some of the younger fans and audience gamers can purchase the game without having to run to their parents for permission.
Recently, The Elder Scrolls Online were smacked with a mature rating which they disagreed with but were not willing to fight, so it’s fairly obvious that a mature rating is not a great thing when trying to target the younger gaming audience.
So although the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) found the game to contain violence, blood and gore, mild language and partial nudity, they still didn’t feel like it was necessary to make it an adult-only game.
Here’s is the rating summary that they provided with the rating:
Rating Summary: This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of an undead fighter in the realm of Drangleic. Players traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls. Players use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and small splashes of blood. Some locations depict instances of blood and gore: a giant snake boss holding its severed head; a giant boss creature composed of hundreds of corpses; dead ogres near a pool of blood; a torture device with streaks of blood. During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts). The words ‘bastard’ and “pr*ck” can be heard in the dialogue.