Square Enix’s JRPG Drakengard 3 will be released on May 20th in North America and on May 21st in Europe, and the ESRB finally stamped its “M” for Mature on the game, with a description that might discourage the faint of heart.
This is a role-playing action game in which players assume the role of a celestial being that embarks on a dark and murderous journey. Players use swords and bladed weapons to slash dozens of enemy soldiers, trolls, and other fantastical creatures in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by frequent cries of pain and large blood-splatter effects; frequent dismemberment/decapitation occurs as well. Cutscenes also depict intense instances of violence: characters stabbing/impaling others with swords or lances. The game includes sexually suggestive dialogue and text (e.g., “That nympho freak was always making me try some new kink she’d heard about,” “We all know you pretend to like S&M because you’re actually terrible in the sack,” and “An easygoing old man with an insatiable sexual appetite. Any orifice will do, and his member is the largest of any disciple’s.”). In a handful of brief, fantastical sequences, a female character is depicted nude while covered in blood and emerging from a giant flower. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.
The official descriptors are equally clear cut: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
Looks director Taro Yoko created a game that will put our hearts to the test, but considering the previous chapters of the franchise and his production, we shouldn’t be surprised. Personally, I can’t wait to play it.