Leave it to the ESRB to bring the unexpected preview goods. The US-based ratings board for video games has issued it ruling on Techland's upcoming first-person co-op zombie brawler, Dead Island. It's an M-rating, naturally, but the ESRB listing also reveals a few new fun facts about the game.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that the game's catalog of weapons includes "baseball bats, knives, axes, shotguns and rifles." These are the most basic tools of the zombie apocalypse, after all. You'll be able to finish some zombies with headstomps and use various weapons to dismember them. Players can also receive an additional boost to their damage by drinking some booze, though this produces a screen blurring effect.
Speaking of narcotics, the game will feature a mission in which players are asked to find and recove drugs for a character suffering from withdrawal. There are also verbal references to both sex and child molestation, as well as some amount of profanity. Fun for the whole family!
Read the full text of the ESRB listing right here:
This is a first-person shooter in which players join a group of survivors who must battle a zombie infestation on a tropical island. Players use baseball bats, knives, axes, shotguns, and rifles to kill waves of zombies. Battles are accompanied by screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and slow-motion effects. When zombies are knocked to the ground, players can sometimes stomp on their heads to complete kills. Large blood splatter stains the surrounding environment and players' weapon. Players can also dismember zombies, and various scenes depict bloody torsos, legs, or other mutilated body parts. As the game progresses, alcoholic beverages can be consumed to increase damage output, resulting in screen-blurring effects; in one cutscene, drunken characters are depicted stumbling around a party. Some sequences also reference drug use; one mission requires players to retrieve drugs for a character (e.g., “I haven't shot up since the day before yesterday and I'm getting the chills.”). The game also contains a handful of sexual references in the dialogue (e.g., “One rich bugger I investigated was clearly molesting his fourteen-year-old daughter.”); one scene depicts a bikini-clad woman tied to a bed and surrounded by video cameras. The words “f**k” and sh*t” can be heard in dialogue.