Proving that we can all just get a bong, it looks like GTA V is going to be pushing the envelope once again when it depicts what you can do in that virtual world. You’ll be able to light up a joint in the game when it arrives in September. And when I get pulled over by the cops, I’ll tell them that I play GTA V for medicinal purposes only.
According to an ESRB listing picked up by the Mary-Jane senses of Kotaku, GTA V will be getting a Mature rating, and blazing a fat joint is just one of the reasons why. Here’s the full list of the actions you’ll be capable of. Not so bad spoiler warning:
Rating Summary: In this open-world action game, players assume the role of three criminals whose storylines intersect within the fictional city of Los Santos. Players can switch between each character to follow his storyline, completing missions which often include criminal activities (e.g., stealing cars, executing heists, assassinating targets). Players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill various enemies (e.g., rival gang members); players also have the ability to shoot non-adversary civilians, though this may negatively affect players’ progress as a penalty system triggers a broad police search. Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment. In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts).
The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player’s character procures from a prostitute—while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard. Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context.
Within the game, TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and feces on a worker’s body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted).
Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted. Players’ character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence. The words “f**k,” “c*nt,” and “n**ger” can be heard in the dialogue.
Looks like that Johnson-swinging tech from the GTA IV era is on the way back for GTA V. Also interesting is how cocaine, the former secret ingredient in Coca-Cola, is being depicted. Further details are still needed on how that Colombian white gold will be implemented in the game, but I’m guessing that GTA V has one hell of a speed run in store for gamers.
Last Updated: August 21, 2013