The upcoming exclusive Sunset Overdrive is still three months away from its release on October 28th, but it’s apparently closer enough to completion to be rated by the ESRB, grabbing a M for Mature rating.
Here’s the blurb:
This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of a young survivor battling through a mutant apocalypse. As players traverse the open-world of Sunset City, they use assault rifles and fantastical weapons (e.g., grenade launchers that shoot teddy-bear bombs, guns that shoot fireworks) to kill mutant creatures, robots, and occasional human enemies. Combat is highlighted by frequent explosions, screams of pain, and gunfire. Some explosives cause enemies to be dismembered, leaving limbs around the environment; one cutscene briefly depicts a character’s head cut off by a mutant. During the course of the game, characters and environmental elements reference sexual behavior or humor (e.g., “Oh, such a bold statement! It says, ‘I am a prostitute!’” and “How hard was it to make a porn flip book?” ); a radio ad contains a running joke about a sex burger (e.g., “It’s so good you won’t be able to contain your urges to rub it all over your Sex…Burger”). The dialogue contains a handful of drug references (e.g., “You guys have been eating weed” and “Oh, when I get back with your drugs, we’ll discuss my offense at your assumption that I would know where to find drugs”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” also appear in dialogue.
The content descriptors are the following: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence
It’s interesting to see a game this bright and stylized get a mature rating, and we also learn that we’re going to kill some humans and robots on top of the hordes of mutants we’ve seen. Raunchy humor also seems to be the norm, and there seems to be plenty of gore, which is never a bad thing, is it?