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Watch Dogs new details land as official ESRB rating warns of strong sexual content, including oral sex scene

14 April 2014

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) has classed the upcoming open-world action game Watch Dogs as ‘M’ for Mature, revealing that the game contains ‘Intense Violence,’ ‘ Use of Drugs & Alcohol’ and ‘Strong Sexual Content’.

A section of the official blurb reads:

“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. Cut-scenes 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.

While the game’s Mature rating and high use of violence shouldn’t come as a surprise, it appears that the open world hacking title doesn’t shy away from scenes of a sexual nature, either.

“The game includes several depictions of topless female characters. One prolonged scene depicts a topless women standing in a bedroom; another sequence depicts close-ups of topless women sitting down. The game also includes a few instances of sexual activity, including an obscured depiction of masturbation; a woman performing fellatio on a man; and a man thrusting against a woman from behind—camera angles obscure the sex act and no nudity is shown. During the course of the game, the central character is sometimes consumes large amounts of alcohol (the screen turns blurry); one sequence depicts characters using needles to inject themselves with drugs. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.”

Well, if Rockstar can get away with it in Grand Theft Auto, then why not?

The PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Watch Dogs launch on May 27, 2014.


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