In a recent Interview with Eurogamer.net, EA explained why Battlefield 3 received a Mature Rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in North America. This is roughly the equivalent to a rating of 18 years in other Countrys. The reason for this is a singleplayer mission where you have to shoot at the police. EA justifies this by saying that there is a nuclear bomb located in Paris which otherwise threatens to explode.
EA said to Eurogamer:
“If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side – because people think it’s cool to be naughty, they won’t be caught.”
“We have to build our experiences so we don’t put the player in experiences where they can do bad things.”
In response, EA issued Eurogamer the following statement:
“I don’t think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God’s sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!”