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Dark Souls II’s Teen ESRB rating isn’t cause for alarm

Fans are understandably wary of this ratings downgrade, but Dark Souls II sounds just as grim as its predecessor. Even in the ESRB's own words.

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TheOneWhoIsTornApart1686d ago (Edited 1686d ago )

The people that are freaking out about this have zero reason for concern. There wasn't anything in Demon Souls or Dark Souls to warrant an M rating in the first place. My hype for this game remains the same.

Irishguy951685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

I dunno, I mean, it wasn't gratuitous violence or cussing or sexual stuff. But the overall tone of the game...I mean, there were rotting bodies all over the place, a Spider Lady with her tits out etc. When you really look at it there isn't really an M rating there but I could see why they believed it to be M rated

Either way, i've played the Dark Souls 2 beta, the game has not lessenoned any of this 'rotting' feeling of the world. It's a little weird that they ESRB took 2 games to notice it wasn't an M rating I think.

Really, playing Dark souls 2 feels like playing the first or Demons souls. Blood, death all around, the unhinged feeling and all

TheOneWhoIsTornApart1685d ago

Everything I loved about Dark Souls 1 are in the sequel. Did you not see the boss in the trailer that is made out of writhing tortured humans?. I'd say that the gritty and dark element is very much there.

jessupj1686d ago

I'm not too worried.

Core vets of the Souls games have had nothing but praise for the game.

I'm wetter than a school girl in a One Direction concert for this game.

joab7771686d ago

Me too. And I dont think its the rating thats changed but probably more so what is allowed for younger audiences. If anything, now that voice chat is included and we will have to listen to a bunch of young kids, the rating should have been harsher for DS2. What u hear over chat will be much worse than the game itself.

MWH1685d ago

you too are wetter than a schoolgirl?

.. are you a schoolgirl? I can pick you up after school, I want to show you something.

nope1111686d ago

Not like enemies bleed rainbows and cupcakes.... I was in the beta, tone felt pretty much the same as Demon's/Dark Souls.

Panaru1686d ago (Edited 1686d ago )

Anyone who thinks a T rating has any implications on the game's difficulty in any way is simply looking for a reason to bash the game with no real basis. No article required to figure that out.

Timesplitter141686d ago (Edited 1686d ago )

I think the main concern is that the environments may not look as dark and gritty as before, like in New Londo Ruins where the floor was made out of soaked corpses and skulls.

But I don't think this is affected by the T rating. The M rating was probably just for the exhibition of human anatomy (Quelaag), which is apparently way worse than mountains of dead people

Panaru1686d ago

I can definitely understand that complaint, and while I'm certain people with that complaint exist, most threads about this subject on multiple message boards are flooded with posts that can be boiled down to "Rated T? Lol, Casual Souls confirmed." in more or less words.

FRAKISTAN1686d ago

no demons with boobs then.....

Brucis1686d ago (Edited 1686d ago )

"During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts)."
Still in.

Edit: http://www.esrb.org/ratings...
ESRB's description.

Timesplitter141686d ago

hmmm... I've read ersb descriptions for both DS and DS2 and it seems like both are very similar. Either the ERSB has changed their standards or it's really just the fact that you could dismember things (cut tails) in Dark Souls that made it rated M.

The latter would be pretty stupid

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