Borderlands 2's Official Rating Is Outstanding

Back at E3 I was dismayed to learn that, thanks to prudes overseas, Borderlands 2's darkly humorous death animations would have to be toned down from the original's, which included eyeball-exploding electrocutions.

Well, if the official ratings description handed down by the ESRB is any indication, I needn't have worried. Borderlands 2 went to gold master yesterday and it appears Gearbox highlighted, underlined and put a gold star beside all of the good stuff for the ratings board. And why not? They knew this game wasn't going to come within a mile of anything lower than an M, so might as well go whole hog and end up with an official document that reads like marketing copy. Are you ready for this?

This is a first-person shooter in which players join rebel forces to take down an oppressive corporation on the fictional planet of Pandora. As players explore open-world environments, they complete missions to gain experience and increase their characters' skills/abilities.

Players use machine guns, sniper rifles, flamethrowers, explosives, and weaponised vehicles to kill human-like characters and hostile aliens in frequent combat. Firefights contain realistic gunfire/explosions; injured enemies scream and emit exaggerated splashes of blood. Various weapons result in dismembered limbs or bloody gibs. Some missions depict intense acts of violence: viewing characters getting electrocuted; shooting a man in the face; killing players' incinerating a cult member as part of a ritual sacrifice.

The dialogue contains jokes/one-liners that reference sexual material (eg., "I will hang myself from my own tombstone if in you I can't put my bone," "If there's anything they love more than getting to second base with their sisters, it's cars," "Bacon is for sycophants and products of incest."); during some sequences, players can find and collect adult-themed magazines-though no actual nudity is depicted.

One mission requires players to consume three alcoholic beverages from a bar before they can progress. The words "sh*t," "p*ssies," and "a*shole" can be heard in the dialogue, in addition to language censored by audible bleeps (e.g., "God-[bleep]-ing-dammit").

Hold on. So that's no breasts, thousands of bodies, numerous motor vehicle chases with crash and burn. Dismemberment fu. Bloody gib fu. Incest fu. Ritual sacrifice. Ritual sacrilege. Drive-In Academy Award nomination for whoever said "if there's anything they love more than getting to second base with their sisters, it's cars."

Four stars, Joe Bob says check it out when the game gets here September 18.

Borderlands 2 [ESRB. h/t Jason B.]


    Starting to regret pre-ordering now, looks as though we're going to have issues if these are the problems brought up by the developer. Can't wait for the ratings board to get their hands on it...

      Did you preorder the loot chest edition? If you do I don't mind taking it from your hands.

      What problems? It was a description of the game, it's not highlighting issues.

    no regrets cant wait playing number one agian, one month too go woot

    How can a game like borderlands, a hyper-realistic stylized world be stopped by the ratings board when a game like Sleeping Dogs, which includes slashing your way through the entire hong kong triad with a kitchen knife in a wedding suit covered in blood..

    No need to panic. Borderlands 2 was passed as MA by the ACB last month unmodified.

    There's one thing stopping me from pre-ordering Borderlands 2, and that's the GOTY edition. I can be patient. I think.

    Doesn't seem much if any worse than the first.

    Pumped this is coming with my GTX 660 ti!

    Man i'm split right down the middle between deciding on pre-ordering this game or not.

    I pre-ordered for $30 on green man gaming with a voucher. I'm happy.

    OMG they censored it? I will not buy a game with Bleeps.

      the first game was the same, f**k's were bleeped, but it's more for comic-effect, done by the devs than a requirement of the ratings board.

    So seriously... if you played borderlands 1, then you would remember the huge amount of problems they had porting from console to pc, and the clear slackness they addressed the issues. As in they didn't care and didn't fix them. Huge problems with multiplayer, blocked ports making it incredibly frustrating trying to play with friends. Also no mic control, volume... Physx = hassles for ati cards. I promised myself i would not buy gearbox anymore cause of the lack of technical help and patches that were needed for the game to work fine.

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