Battlefield: Hardline ESRB Rating Reveals Stealth Gameplay, Violence and Gore Aplenty and Drugs

on January 17, 2015 4:43 PM

The ESRB just released the rating of the upcoming chapter of the Battlefield Series, Hardline.

Completely unsurprisingly, the game got an M for Mature, with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language and Use of Drugs as content descriptors.

The blurb is quite interesting, giving more details on the contents of the game:

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of Nick Mendoza, a police officer investigating a drug-trading ring. Players use a variety of firearms and tactical gear (e.g., pistols, shotguns, rifles, machine guns, grenades, tasers) to take down and/or kill enemies in frenetic combat. Several sequences require stealth tactics in which players take down enemies by using attacks such as chokeholds. Combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and blood-splatter effects. Cutscenes depict more intense acts of violence: a man shot in the head at close range; an unarmed character shot in the chest. In one sequence, a corpse is depicted with its legs chewed off. During the course of the game, a handful of enemies are depicted snorting cocaine or smoking marijuana; several missions involve destroying/infiltrating illegal drug operations (e.g., seizing packages of cocaine, destroying meth labs). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

It’s definitely quite the departure from the usual Battlefield games, and it’ll be interesting to see how it’ll be received by the fans. Battlefield: Hardline will hit on March 17th for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

 /  Executive News Editor
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