We all knew this was coming…
The ESRB have rated Volition’s latest Saints Row title, and yes, it has everything you can imagine – but on steroids. There’s the usual opening which details the general story and gameplay, but the rating also reveals a mission which requres you to “dispatch enemies by putting grenades in their mouth”. Oh and there’s also a bounty of references to sex and drugs, so have a read and see what you think.
This one gets a firm “M” for mature:
This is an “open-world” action-adventure game in which players assume the role of criminals known as the Saints. As players attempt to take over a fictional city and exact revenge on a rival gang, they engage in driving and combat missions to progress the overall storyline. Players use machine guns, shotguns, swords, rockets, and grenades to injure and kill rival gang members. Players also can shoot at roaming pedestrians (though there is no reward for this action), and in one mission, players shoot at police and civilians to create chaos in a rival gang’s territory. One scene prompts players to run over a certain number of pedestrians within a given time; another sequence allows players to dispatch enemies by putting grenades in their mouths. Players can also use chainsaws to hack at enemies, resulting in scattered chunks of flesh and large pools of blood. During the course of the game, female characters are sometimes dressed in outfits that reveal large amounts of cleavage or buttocks; characters are occasionally depicted nude, though their nipples and/or genitalia are obscured by “pasties” or blurry pixels. In one sequence, players can walk through an erotic club containing several phallic sex toys and sexual contraptions; in another mission, players drive around town while an escort and client engage in sexual activity—there is no depiction of sex, only moaning sounds and suggestive dialogue (e.g., “How deep’s that going in?” and “That’s some tongue you got there.”). Some game environments and dialogue contain drug paraphernalia or other references to drugs (e.g., marijuana leaves and water bongs on a table; a radio DJ telling a caller to try heroin). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*ck” can be heard in dialogue.