Less than a week ago we reported a possible release date leak for Watch Dogs and now an official rating has been revealed which will not come as a surprise to most of you. The ESRB has rated Watch Dogs for all platforms awarding it an M for Mature and citing blood, intense violence, sexual themes, drug reference, use of alcohol, partial nudity and strong language as stated in the content description.
Here is the official ratings summary from the ESRB, whilst it doesn’t contain any actual spoilers, you may want to avoid reading it if you want to play the game with a completely open mind.
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.
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