ESRB Rates Skyrim ‘Mature’ Thanks To Sex, Booze & Gore

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We here at Game Rant can barely contain our excitement over Bethesda Softwares upcoming blockbuster; Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The game has been handed an ‘M’ rating from the ESRB in North America, highlighting the games “blood, gore, intense violence, sexual themes and use of alcohol”.

While recent news has given us 20 minutes of Skyrim gameplay footage and a look at the Collector’s Edition, it hasn’t hit home yet that after five years, The Elder Scrolls is finally set to return, especially with so many Triple-A games coming this fall. Perhaps this official rating will change this.

The rating, which has been published ahead of the games release, sheds light on how Skyrim will play when it finally releases. While not revealing much about the story’s plot, the rating does highlight how the game will play.

“As players engage in melee-style combat, some sequences are highlighted by slow-motion effects, particularly for decapitations. Large blood-splatter effects also occur during combat, and some environments are stained with blood or body parts (e.g., heads impaled on spikes).

Those fearful of the game being toned down will be pleased to hear that Skyrim is every bit as daring as its predecessor. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion also received a ‘Mature’ rating upon its release yet went on to become a critical and sales success for Bethesda. Skyrim continues this trend with plenty of adult themes for gamer’s to focus on.

“As the game progresses, the dialogue and on-screen text contains references to sexual material (e.g., ‘. . . all the whores your heart, or any other organ, desires,’ ‘She . . . raped the men as cruelly as Bal had ravished her,’ and ‘Remember when you thought [he] was . . . intent on making you . . . into his personal sex slave?’).

Also making an appearance is good old ale, which the player can purchase and consume at will. The rating even makes reference to a particular point when the gamer takes part in a drinking contest.

“Alcohol such as wine, mead, and ale can be purchased and consumed by players’ character throughout the game; and in one sequence, players can engage in a drinking contest with another character, which eventually results in slurred speech (e.g., ‘One more. No problemsh . . . Thash grape!’).”

What are Ranters most looking forward too in Skyrim?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is set to launch on November 11 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

Source: ESRB

TAGS: Bethesda, Oblivion, Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls

  • PenTa

    I’m really looking forward to just strolling around, over the tundra’s and through the mountains.

    The ecstasy of winning a tough battle is another thing I’m really looking forward to, I’m hoping the dragon fights will be as epic as they can be.

  • cody

    thought the mature rateing the the last game mostly came from the mods that the computer version can get….still intrested to see how this game plays compared to the previous one

    • iDancethroughshadoWs

      that was Oblivion.

    • asdf

      Well if you want to think of it that way then Oblivion would have gotten an 18+ (or A maybe) rating instead of just M because of all those nudie mods :) But ratings don’t mean sh!t most times.

  • ATG

    My girlfriend will probably break up with me when this releases.

  • iDancethroughshadoWs

    uh “sexual themes” yeah that means taking youre clothes off. wow. no actual sex

    • IronBoundKevin

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure he was referring to the fact that this game is intended to be hundreds of hours long & be quite time consuming if you really dig your teeth into it. I mean, I wouldn’t blame my girlfriend for breaking up with me if I spent the next two months after release playing this game.

  • Timmy

    The alcohol consumption and sexual themes are no reason to make it an M, sure if it encouraged getting boozer up and had nudity then that’s fair enough, but the gore is all that makes this game the high age rating

  • yuuchun

    Thanks to badass directors, who don’t give a damn.

  • Mags

    “The rating, which has been published ahead of the games release, sheds light on how Skyrim will play when it finally releases. While not revealing much about the story’s plot, the rating does highlight how the game will play.”

    You said the same thing in both sentences. Isn’t that a little redundant? Doesn’t that waste my time as a reader?

    • ATG

      I caught that too.

  • Vanity

    I wish we could live in a video game…I certainly would.

  • Sinuousity

    I am most certainly NOT looking forward to waiting an entire month and a half more

  • HeavyWeaponsGamer

    Wait. First they say there WONT be gore. Now they are? MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!
    oh wait. there probily just talking about necromancer hideouts and such. With the zombies. Thats probily the gore.

    • ATG

      When did they say there wouldn’t be?

    • Lundix

      And Bethesda isn’t saying “there will be gore in this”. ESRB is saying “there is gore in this”. Different statement, different speaker.

  • mcowns

    the body parts does not need to be in the game…. That is kind of dumb. I am tired of playing games where you hit someone and their legs and arms go flapping everywhere. Besides that, Skyrim will be amazing.

    • ATG

      I want body parts “flapping” around, its realistic! I mean, I don’t want to see a man’s junk but if it adds realism to the game then hell I’ll tickle his…

      • Picklator

        That, is funny… And I agree.

  • Chris

    Well their limbs flying off does make sense. I mean a sharp sword will definitely lop your arm off, even through armor.

  • Mr. Ichi Yamamoto

    Aw, drinking contests?! That is awesome. Now, what’s that excerpt about the sex slave from? A book? Or in-game-play? I myself as well as others can tell you that novels such as the “Lusty Argonian Maid” is not fap-worthy, in other words, it’s not sex or porn.

  • Chris C

    Can’t wait. I read in another article similair to this that there will cdecapitations. Which makes sense I mean if I hit a in the back of his neck with a war ax his head damn well better come off. As long as it doesn’t just explode or look unrealistic like the fallout series. One thing I think they should take from New Vegas is the hardcore mode. That would really add to the imersion. What do you think?