We can’t say we didn’t see this coming, Dead Island has officially gotten a Mature rating from the industry’s most prolific governing body, the ESRB. It’s no secret that the Ripten staff is literally foaming at the mouth to get our hands on this first person zombie murdering simulator, and we saw this rating coming from a mile away. In fact, it’s pretty impossible to have an engaging zombie game without a ton of gore anymore. I mean who wants a zombie game where you murder a zombie and a fountain of rainbow confetti shoots out of its neck. On second thought, that sounds amazing. Dave Oshry should get on that…
The game managed to hit basically every content descriptor that determines if a game should be rated Mature. Blood and gore, drug references, Intense violence, sexual themes, strong language, and use of alcohol basically round out the list of things that parents will hate in a video game. Just the description alone warrants a Game of the Year nomination; I know it’s a little early, but come on, we all know it’s going to be fantastic.
Here’s the whole description as per the ESRB:
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.
So if you enjoy drug use, drunken partying, voyeurism, inappropriate sexual contact and a cavalcade of expletives Dead Island may be your game. Being over the age of 17 has never been so cool.