Well this is the least surprising article of the year, following closely on the Sony memory cards being overpriced one, but it’s Skyrim news and therefore it has to be posted. It’s the law.
The ESRB have given Skyrim a rating in the US and unsurprisingly it has been handed a M for Mature and apparently features Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes and the Use of Alcohol.
What’s more according to the ESRB blurb you can also decapitate people and slay nonadversary characters who are chained to the wall.
Not to mention the game consists of disturbing comments like
She . . . raped the men as cruelly as Bal had ravished her
Sounds like one hell of a game really, check out the full ESRB summary below but remember there is a chance you’ll read something that could spoil part of the game for you so proceed with caution.
â€œAs players traverse through mountainous open-world environments, they complete missions and quests that impact the eventual fate of their character. Players use swords, bows and arrows, axes, and magic attacks (e.g., fireballs, ice shards) to kill various enemies (e.g., wolves, dragons, human bandits and soldiers).
As players engage in melee-style combat, some sequences are highlighted by slow-motion effects, particularly for decapitations. Large blood-splatter effects also occur during combat, and some environments are stained with blood or body parts (e.g., heads impaled on spikes). Some sequences allow players to injure/kill nonadversary characters, including prisoners chained to a wall; they scream in pain amid splashes of blood or fire.
As the game progresses, the dialogue and on-screen text contains references to sexual material (e.g., â€œ. . . all the whores your heart, or any other organ, desires,â€ â€œShe . . . raped the men as cruelly as Bal had ravished her,â€ and â€œRemember when you thought [he] was . . . intent on making you . . . into his personal sex slave?â€).
Alcohol such as wine, mead, and ale can be purchased and consumed by players’ character throughout the game; and in one sequence, players can engage in a drinking contest with another character, which eventually results in slurred speech (e.g., â€œOne more. No problemsh . . . Thash grape!â€).â€
Last Updated: September 13, 2011