Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Gets a M from ESRB with Sexual Themes, Dismemberment and Abuse of Zombie Stomach

on January 18, 2014 3:43 PM

The ESRB published today the rating for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, giving it a predictable M and describing most imaginable kinds (and some unexpected ones as well) of zombie debauchery in the official summary:

This is an action game in which players assume the role of a cyborg ninja (Yaiba) as he battles zombies and searches for his rival, Ryu. Players use swords and bladed whips to kill dozens of zombies, ninjas, and boss creatures. Players can use zombie body parts as weapons (e.g., using a zombie stomach to spray bile/vomit at enemies) and dismember/decapitate them during the course of battle; large blood- splatter effects often occur. The game includes some sexual material: one scene depicts a 3D silhouette of a woman straddling a man, with accompanying dialogue (e.g., “Let’s just say some parts of your anatomy didn’t need any enhancement.”). Drugs are occasionally mentioned in text (e.g., “…big-timers in the drug trade, coke especially.”). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.

The content descriptors are: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language.

I’ll be honest: I don’t think I could have come up with that kind of “creative” idea for the combat use of a zombie stomach. That said, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z seems to be on par with its predecessors in its brutality, which is always a good thing.

The game will be released on February 28th in Europe, while North American gamers will have to wait for March 4th. It’s coming for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

 /  Executive News Editor
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