Watchdogs contains sex, nudity, drugs and alcohol

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Using my hacking skills for good

The latest ESRB rating for Watchdogs has been released and if you are into sex, nudity, drugs, violence and alcohol then you are welcome to pop around this weekend or else you will need to hold out a little longer to get your kicks from Watchdogs which will release soon.

The official ESRB statement goes as follows

“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. 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.”

Unsurprisingly the game has been given an M in America and will almost certainly receive the full 18 ranking from our very own fpb.

But what I’m most interested to find out is whether or not the game will get a full release in Australia who are notoriously strict on anything drug related. The reason Fallout had such a hard time in Australia was directly related to the drug use and Watchdogs will include

“one sequence depicts characters using needles to inject themselves with drugs”

Besides the expected controversy that the right wing nut jobs are going to raise I don’t think there is anything overly shocking here.

But I will take a moment to bet that Watchdogs will be a very strong Game of the Year contender.

Last Updated: April 15, 2014

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

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