If you had any doubts that Rockstar would deliver an M-rated vision of the Old West when "Red Dead Redemption" ships in May, go back to whatever you were doing and enjoy a cold sarsaparilla. The ESRB's decision is in, and they believe you should be 17 or older to experience the game's world of drugs, violence, nudity and harsh language.
"Players roam Wild West environments and perform various missions for criminal figures and law enforcement: destroying bridges, helping individuals in distress, delivering packages of drugs (e.g., opium), capturing outlaws, and eliminating rival figures," according to the rating summary on ESRB.org. "Players use shotguns, pistols, and rifles to kill enemies in realistic gun battles."
The violence will be accompanied by generous amounts of blood, too, so don't expect those battles to be sanitized.
"Blood often spurts out of characters when shot; head shots and knife attacks result in much larger sprays," the description reads. "In one sequence, a bloodied and mutilated corpse can be seen hanging from the rafters of a barn."
Perhaps the biggest spoiler of the rating justification comes at the end, though, where the sex and drug use is specifically cited.
"The game contains a scene in which two characters have sex on a table; there is a brief instance of female nudity," the ESRB explains. "One sequence depicts a man injecting himself with a syringe filled with cocaine. Language such as "f**k," "c*nt," and 'sh*t" can be heard in the dialogue."
So there you are. This game won't be targeted at the young buckaroos.
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