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‘Dark Souls 2’ bosses, partial nudity and more details revealed by ESRB

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The Entertainment Software Rating Board has revealed a rating summary for “Dark Souls 2” on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. According to a report from Siliconera on Feb. 3, the sequel won’t have nearly as much mature contents as “Dark Souls” and “Demon’s Souls.”

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Instead of a mature rating, “Dark Souls 2” got tagged with a teen classification. The open-world action role-playing game contains blood, gore, mild language, partial nudity and violence. It features scenes of a severed head and dead corpses. One of the bosses is also topless with only her hair covering her exposed breasts. You can find some screens from “Dark Souls 2” in the slideshow located to the left side of the article and the rating summary below:

This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of an undead fighter in the realm of Drangleic. Players traverse dungeon-like settings and battle a variety of fantastical enemies (e.g., ghouls, zombies, skeletons, giant rats) to gain souls. Players use knives, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies. Combat is highlighted by cries of pain and small splashes of blood. Some locations depict instances of blood and gore: a giant snake boss holding its severed head; a giant boss creature composed of hundreds of corpses; dead ogres near a pool of blood; a torture device with streaks of blood. During the course of the game, a boss creature appears partially topless (e.g. hair barely covering breasts). The words ‘bastard’ and “pr*ck” can be heard in the dialogue.

Despite not having more mature contents, “Dark Souls 2” is expected to be more difficult when compared to the aforementioned “Dark Souls” and “Demon’s Souls.” The development team cleaned up a lot of the exploitative behaviors of the enemies, making them harder to fall for the usual tricks.

“Dark Souls 2” is being developed at From Software on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The software product is shipping first for the two current-generation consoles on March 18th while the computer version is due to launch at a later time. Bandai Namco, the company formerly known as Namco Bandai Games, will be publishing the video game.


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