ESRB Rates Red Dead Redemption M For Mature


Posted April 27, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar's upcoming open-world cowboy simulator Red Dead Redemption has earned an M for Mature rating from the ESRB, surprising no one on earth. The game contains "Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drug," just like the real wild West!

For a more detailed look at the Western depravity, here's the ratings board's description of specific content from the game (Mild Spoiler Warning!)

Players use shotguns, pistols, and rifles to kill enemies in realistic gun battles. Players can engage in melee-style hand-to-hand combat and trigger slow-motion effects by shooting enemies at close-range or by targeted shooting (i.e., aiming for body parts). Blood often spurts out of characters when shot; head shots and knife attacks result in much larger sprays. In one sequence, a bloodied and mutilated corpse can be seen hanging from the rafters of a barn. Players have the ability to shoot pedestrians in the game; however, a "Wanted Level"-penalty system discourages these acts by triggering a law enforcement response. The game contains a scene in which two characters have sex on a table; there is a brief instance of female nudity. One sequence depicts a man injecting himself with a syringe filled with cocaine. Language such as "f**k," "c*nt," and 'sh*t" can be heard in the dialogue.

Isn't it interesting that the cowboy, once seen as an heroic figure riding into town in a white hat to save the day from bad old Indians and cattle rustlers is now the ultimate cussing, fighting, and killing badass? I guess movie cowboys crossed the line into moral ambiguity back in the late 1960s with those Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns, but still, if he were alive, what would Roy Rogers think?

ESRB Rates Red Dead Redemption M For Mature


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