ESRB Gives Dark Souls II a T-Rating

Impossible, you say! Dark Souls II getting only a Teen rating… yes, it sounds like DSII may have just been slapped down a notch considering the first two Souls games were M-Rated, but when you think about it, this really isn’t a bad thing. The Souls series has always been littered in blood, bodies, and nudity (I think? I can’t actually remember full on nudity come to think of it…), but re-playing the previous two games in my head, they really never were that short of a Teen rating in the first place.

The packaging tells us that Dark Souls II will still have blood, gore, partial nudity,  and violence. Below is the official description on the ESRB’s website:

This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of an undead fighter in the realm of Drangleic. Players traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls. Players use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and small splashes of blood. Some locations depict instances of blood and gore: a giant snake boss holding its severed head; a giant boss creature composed of hundreds of corpses; dead ogres near a pool of blood; a torture device with streaks of blood. During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts). The words ‘***’ and “pr*ck” can be heard in the dialogue.

Sounds an awful lot like an M-Rated game to me, but hey, the more copies sold, the merrier! If this still manages to sadden you, think of it this way; the game will definitely sell more, which means possible DLC or Dark Souls III

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  • Steven Bayne

    I could fucking care less what the rating is,as long as it’s still releasing next month and its still wicked difficult.

  • Jane Kleshcheva

    Littered? I haven’t played Demons Souls, but I’ve just beated Dark Souls and even though game can be sometimes rather dark, it has much less violence than one may think – most of the unsettling things are decorations. No gruesome onscreen deaths or anything. As for nudity, I can only recall Quelaag (Godiva hair case) and Gwynevere (who’s more slightly teasing than openly titilating) – that’s a pretty good score for these days when it’s so easy and cool to make female characters to wear armor bikinis (Deception 4 anyone?). So yeah, it doesn’t matter if it gets T or M, the game’ll be all the same.