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Silent Hill: Downpour ESRB Rating Details Intense Violence and Sexual Themes

Posted on September 23, 2011 AT 10:38am

THE BUZZ: The Entertainment Software Rating Board has released their summary of Silent Hill: Downpour.

The ESRB gave the game an M (for Mature) rating due to content relating to blood, gore, intense violence, strong language and sexual themes. The full rating reads:

This is a survival horror game in which players assume the role of Murphy Pendleton, a prison inmate stranded in the fictional town of Silent Hill. Players explore mysterious environments, investigate clues and objects, and interact with various characters. Players use axes, pipes, knives, and shotguns to kill demonic creatures that screech/cry out in pain when struck; blood-splatter effects occur during combat. Blood-stained corpses and body parts are depicted in some environments; one sequence depicts writhing torsos that spew out blood. Cutscenes also contain intense instances of violence: a child’s neck getting snapped (off-screen); a police officer being stabbed in the ribs; a defenseless man getting beaten to death with a pipe. During the course of the game, some on-screen text contains sexual references (e.g., “. . . including third-degree murder and sexual assault of a child below the age of 14.”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.

The game is currently scheduled to release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 November 4th, however there are rumors of a delay until 2012.

EGM’s TAKE: It’s just not Silent Hill without a bit of blood and gore.

Can Downpour revitalize the series?
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