Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ESRB Rating has Nudity and Violence, but no Rape Controversy in Sight

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ESRB Rating has Nudity and Violence, but no Rape Controversy in Sight

A few weeks ago an article on US Gamer created quite the controversy by stating that a scene in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was “blatant with its allusions to rape.” It went as far as comparing it to the cover of the much criticized Japanese erogame Rapelay, that was waved around like the boogeyman by the media in order to condemn video games a couple years ago.

Today the ESRB rated the game, and while the summary includes plenty depictions of ruthless violence and even nudity, it doesn’t make the slightest mention of rape, or even sexual content at all:

This is an action-adventure game in which players control the vampire Dracula as he battles Satan and his minions. As players travel through time, they use a bladed whip and swords to kill human and fantasy creatures (e.g., vampires, demons, ghouls). Several enemies use machine guns against players during combat. In some sequences, players can stab creatures repeatedly, cutting off limbs or tearing enemies apart. Intense instances of violence include depictions of a demon cutting off a man’s face; ghouls eating pieces of flesh; a character getting a stake driven into her head. During the course of the game, some female creatures (e.g., demons) appear topless with jiggling breasts. The word “sh*t” appears in the dialogue.

The official descriptors also don’t include any sexual content or themes besides nudity.

Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Nudity

Of course the game was rated M for Mature, but if you’re afraid to be made “feel uncomfortable” by “blatant allusions to rape, you can probably rest easy, as there aren’t any in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, at least according to the ever watchful eye of the ESRB.