ESRB On Assassin's Creed II's "Strong Sexual Overtones"

Just when you think that Assassin's Creed II is going to feature throat-slitting violence and fountains of blood in a family-friendly manner, Ubisoft crosses the line putting "strong sexual overtones", as thoroughly described by the ESRB.

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has issued the Assassin's Creed sequel a "Mature" rating, pointing out the potentially offensive "blood, intense violence, sexual content, and strong language" featured in the game.

The ESRB goes into great detail about the "sexual content" players may experience in Assassin's Creed II, including an interactive mini-game in which "players are able to press buttons to kiss a woman and remove her dress; with the woman's back facing the camera, the two characters lower to bed and blow out a candle." Oh my!

Oh and it gets so much more unsavoury, at least from a dialogue standpoint, as references to S&M, page-boy diddling, rape and other deviant acts not fit for print in this publication are made throughout the game. Plus, there's naughty language in both English and Italian!

Will someone please think of the children? Preferably not while reading this snippet of the ESRB's description, pasted below, but afterward.

The game contains strong sexual overtones. During one "seduction mini-game," players are able to press buttons to kiss a woman and remove her dress; with the woman's back facing the camera, the two characters lower to bed and blow out a candle. Some scenes take place inside brothels, though no nudity or sexual acts are depicted. The dialogue contains the following sexual references: "So the whip or the paddle today?" and "Does your wife know about your page-boy fantasies, Captain?" Character backstories, narrated through still-frame vignettes, explain how villains and historical figures achieved their notoriety; some biographies include references to adultery, sodomy, prostitution, and rape (e.g., "Caterina was captured and sent to Rodrigo Borgia . . . who kept her imprisoned for a year and is rumoured to have raped her alongside his son.").

One cutscene depicts a man and a woman wearing translucent, flesh-toned bodysuits as they flee from danger. The digitized lighting effects, the glow from their futuristic suits, obscure most of the details, though outlines of breasts and buttocks are partially discernable (i.e., not definitively nudity).

Consumers may also wish to know that the game contains strong profanity, both in English and Italian (e.g., "f**k," "sh*t," c*zzo," and "m*rda"); the most explicit instance occurs when a man frantically describes a "vision"-"I'm at the opera . . . the soprano is so beautiful . . . I'm in bed with her, she cries as I f**k her."

Ack! My eyes!!

Assassin's Creed II [ESRB]



    I was looking forward to stabbing guards and jumping off rooftops, not watching some CG sex scenes >_>

      It said overtones, not actual scenes of sex :p I would say that this will pass the rating as only 'mentions' of said scenes are in the game.

    I sense an RC rating for Australia.

      But this is Australia. We ban things for being violent or "promoting" drug use, not for sex.
      Which is really how it should be done.

      I beliece AC2 has already been through the oflc?!OpenDocument

      Maybe we should realise that its just violence a particular attorney general is against? Maybe they love a good video-game romp? I dont know lol. But it seems as though its a bit of a lucky dip what gets RC and what gets MA15+... like gears 2 is a pretty full game so too are others and its almost like well the ultimatum is: MA15+ or RC... there are games that sit on this line and some of them get thrown in MA15+ when they should be higher.. dont get me wrong i dont think half the games RC in AUst should have been.

      It is amusing to see how many times L4D2 got RC from them... it got RC the first time, MA15+ 7 October but then RC on 23/10? I guess they are trying to get as much in as they can without it getting RC?

        L4D2 was RC in the original, unedited version put to the OFLC for classification. The decision was appealed (unsuccessfully), and an edited version was also submitted, which received the MA15+ rating.

        That's why I'm getting my copy from the UK.

        One thing he really hates is violent sex, he keeps talking about a game where you rape a mother and her daughter, I dont know what game this is, but apparently he really doesn't want us to play it, whatever it is that we don't want to play.

      The game seems to have already received an MA15+ rating.

    Wait until you see the leaked footage of the Venice airport level.

    Depends who you ask, most parents would rather their kids watch the saw movies than american pie.

    It is funny, the differences between classification boards in different countries. Violence in american movies is censored less than sex, but in most european movies sex is everywhere but violence is kinda looked down on.

    Its like the in between of Fable and GTA in terms of this topic

    I liked it when we didn't make such a big deal out of everything and just let it happen.

    Now everything has to be nitpicked.

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