Halo 5: Guardians' Teen rating explained by ESRB

ESRB has revealed the rating description for the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, which is getting a Teen rating.

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XBLSkull1103d ago

I feel it's more like our ever evolving acceptance of violence. A lot of PG-13 movies now a days are worse than R stuff when I was a kid.

BitbyDeath1103d ago

I dunno, jaws was classed as PG13 back in the day and that was brutal. No idea how it managed that rating with all the blood and gore it has.

holysmokesbatman1103d ago

To be fair, any Halo game would get a T rating these days...

Perhaps the flood have bumped them up in the past, I really can't think of anything else tbh.

All that aside, I really don't think the rating has any impact on a game like Halo, perhaps if it were Dead Space 4 getting a T rating n I'd be dubious but as it stands I can't wait to play the next Halo campaign (I suck at multi in Halo)

joab7771103d ago

There's not many R rated movies anymore either.

And I want this job. I wanna play games and watch movies months in advance. I wonder if they get to keep it, or is it rated by I found 343 provides the ESRB.

SilentNegotiator1103d ago (Edited 1103d ago )


Several PG-13 films contained excessive violence and frontal nudity in the mid-80s to early 90s because there was a short period where the PG-13 rating was new and they were adjusting to it. (there are a couple of exceptions past the mid 90s, too, though)

hangdang1103d ago (Edited 1103d ago )

I'd be inclined to agree with you, XBLSkull, if I wasn't seeing constant examples of the world being overly PC and constantly offended by everything.

And for the record, I don't really care what the game is rated. Just having some fun

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franwex1103d ago

Not too surprising. Halo was never really too violent anyway. It's violent in the same way PG-13 movies are. Not sure why previous games were M to be honest. Halo is as violent as a typical summer movie.

Sciurus_vulgaris1103d ago (Edited 1103d ago )

Most of the older games were rated M due to dismembering flood enemies. Halo Odst had no flood but some gory cutscenes( Romeo getting his chest hacked). Reach also lacked flood but it was probably the most intense game in series and civilians were shown being slaughtered by brutes.

TotalSynthesisX1103d ago

Don't forget Halo 4 when the scientists on Ivanoff Station were disintegrated by the Composer--skin, muscle, skeleton and all. That was probably the most brutal part of any Halo game IMO. Kinda shocked me when I first witnessed it, lol.

Summons751103d ago

That's how I got my mom to let me keep it after I tricked my brother into buying it for me :p Being a sneaky kid were good parents will buy their kids AO games just to shut them up.

GUYwhoPLAYSvideoGAME1103d ago

i'm just gonna assume the esrb is wising up more than halo is cutting back

TotalSynthesisX1103d ago (Edited 1103d ago )

Well said. Halo games have always been very, very tame compared to other M rated games (Mortal Kombat, GTA, Resident Evil, etc.) and it's always seemed weird to me that they'd throw a mildy violent game like Halo in with the extremely violent games such as the ones I mentioned above.

Also LOL @ "I have copulated… with your genetic progenitors!"

Kavorklestein1103d ago

Seeing the epic disentigrations that have been shown on the trailers and the fact there's still blood, this is more than likely due to the fact that the ESRB is now realizing that even previous games have really never needed to be rated M.

Plus, there will be some more players who will be able to play this because their parents allow T games so it's a win for everyone.

BuildTheWall1103d ago

The Halo series shouldn't have had an M rating to begin with .

AstroCyborg1103d ago (Edited 1103d ago )

agreed & the same for cod

franwex1103d ago (Edited 1103d ago )

Well...COD has a more mature atmosphere than Halo. Halo is cartoony and campy. Like a marvel movie.
COD is more stern...but yeah it's about the same level of violence. Maybe the next COD will be T if most enemies are robots.

I know some scary movie are R just because they are scary, not necessarily for violence, language or nudity. Like The Conjuring comes to mind.

Tone and atmosphere affects ratings.

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