This morning the ESRB confirmed the M rating for forthcoming piece of awesomeness Dead Island. What they also inadvertently confirmed included a small list of weapons, and some game dynamics that make the zombie killing seem even better. Not only do players get to beat the hordes of the undead back with knives, axes, bats, rifles, and shotguns, they get the action intensified by “screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and slow-motion effects.” Oh my god yes.
Sweetening the deal is the game’s ability to dismember enemies, leading to the mature depiction of mutilated zombies covered in their own gore. So, Splatterhouse? Actually, kind of, since the rating also reflects the presence of large bloodstains both on used weapons and the general surroundings of the player. So a literal house of splatters, bloody goodness, and curb stomps can be expected.
Also to be included:
“As the game progresses, alcoholic beverages can be consumed to increase damage output, resulting in screen-blurring effects; in one cutscene, drunken characters are depicted stumbling around a party. Some sequences also reference drug use; one mission requires players to retrieve drugs for a character (e.g., “I haven’t shot up since the day before yesterday and I’m getting the chills.”). The game also contains a handful of sexual references in the dialogue (e.g., “One rich bugger I investigated was clearly molesting his fourteen-year-old daughter.”); one scene depicts a bikini-clad woman tied to a bed and surrounded by video cameras.”
Somehow Dead Island just got better. Oh yeah, the now banal presence of basic profanities like “shit” and “fuck” will also be present, but that was easy to guess. Now the painful wait for this game continues.