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‘Watch Dogs’ partial nudity, sexual themes and more details revealed by ESRB

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The ESRB has revealed the rating summary for the upcoming multiplatform software product, “Watch Dogs.” According to a report from Playstation Lifestyle on Jan. 2, the open-world action-adventure video game received a “Mature” rating on the Nintendo Wii U, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms.

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The summary talked a little bit about the blood and intense violence in “Watch Dogs.” Players will be able to use multiple guns and explosives to kill off enemies. The video game also contains violent cut scenes. You can find a few screens in the slideshow to the left of this article and the first-part of the summary below:

This is third-person shooter/action game in which players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker trying to find an evil mastermind. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill various human enemies (e.g., criminals, police officers). When close to an enemy, players are able to shoot them in the head or knock them out with a black jack. Players have the ability to kill captives after (mostly) off-screen interrogations. Cutscenes depict further instances of violence (e.g., a man stabbed in the neck and shot multiple times). Combat is highlighted by cries of pain, blood-splatter effects, and realistic gunfire.

“Watch Dogs” also got tagged for having drug reference, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language, and use of alcohol. The ESRB describes one scene where the player could hear “sexual moaning sounds” through the walls. The software product also contains an alcohol drinking mini-game. You can find the details below:

During the course of the game, female characters sometimes appear topless. One scene depicts women auctioned off to a room full of male buyers; in another scene, sexual moaning sounds can be heard behind walls. The central character is sometimes depicted drinking alcohol; after each shot, players are prompted to steady Aiden’s blurred vision/balance. In a few instances, characters are described as “addicted to narcotics” or “convicted of drug trafficking.” The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.

“Watch Dogs” is a new intellectual property from Ubisoft, the company best known for the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise. The video game was initially set to come out in late 2013 before being delayed as the development studios wanted to improve on the quality. A new release date has not yet been official confirmed for the Nintendo Wii U, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions.

You can order the products from Amazon in the following links: “Watch Dogs,” PS4 and Xbox One.

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