The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 Rated by the ESRB: Alcohol Reference Added to PS3 Version

By Giuseppe Nelva

July 8, 2014

Today the ESRB released the new rating for The Last of Us Remastered, which will hit our PS4 consoles on July 29th.

The rating blurb is almost identical to the one of the  original PS3 version, and you can read it below, (also, be wary of very mild spoilers):

This is an action game in which players assume the role of Joel and Ellie, human survivors battling their way through a post-apocalyptic world. From a third-person perspective, players traverse through city ruins and use a variety of weapons (e.g., pistols, rifles, explosives, spiked bats, steel pipes, and blades) and melee attacks to fight off infected mutants and other human survivors. Players can also employ stealth kills (e.g., strangulations, pistol executions, stabbing attacks) and engage in extended combat sequences involving close-up camera angles and on-screen prompts. Screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and blood-splatter effects accompany the combat. Several attacks result in decapitations and dismemberment; body parts are depicted in some areas (e.g., chopping blocks). Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a young character dying in a man’s arms from gunshot wounds; adult characters being executed at point-blank range; an enemy getting interrogated and stabbed in the knee. During the course of the game, a character makes sexual remarks about an adult magazine (e.g., ‘Whoa. How the hell would he even walk around with that thing’ and ‘Oh why are these [pages] all stuck together’). One scene allows player to decide whether a young character drinks alcohol. The words ‘f**k,’ ‘sh*t,’ and ‘a*shole’ can be heard in the dialogue.

The content descriptors are as follows: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol.

The parts that you see underlined are those added on top of the old rating of the PS3 version, but the addition might come at no particular surprise to those that played Left Behind. The former DLC will be integrated in the Remastered edition, and the scene indicated above is part of it. If you’re curious (and don’t mind mild spoilers) you can watch it here. It’s actually pretty funny.

This goes to show that the folks at the ESRB are actually pretty through with their examination of games. I’m sure many would have expected them to just copy and paste the same rating used for the PS3 version, but quite evidently they did more than that.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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