The ESRB have proven themselves quite the source of gaming news over the years, even though it’s rarely intentional. In this case, they’ve let out a bit of news by way of their rating summary for Battlefield 3, which received an “M” rating.
The summary contains many things that have already been confirmed by many a brain-melting trailer:
Players use sniper rifles, machines guns, grenades, and rocket launchers to kill enemy soldiers in frenetic firefights. The frequent combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire and large explosions; characters sometimes scream and emit large splashes of blood when shot.
Well, duh. The summary also contains details for parts of the game that are a bit more grisly, including something that may raise a few eyebrows:
Players can also engage in hand-to-hand combat: repeatedly punching enemies in the face; stabbing soldiers to death with knives. In one sequence, a restrained character’s throat is slit (off-screen); in another, players shoot police officers to complete a mission objective.
The eyebrow-raiser, of course, is the cop-killing bit. On the surface, it contradicts what producer Patrick Back said earlier this year, that “We have to build our experiences so we don’t put the player in experiences where they can do bad things.” But who knows what the deal is with these cops — maybe they’re corrupt, incompetent, or just grade-A assholes.
With that final bit of potty mouth, it’s also worth noting that the game has some sweary bits; oh noes!
The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard frequently in the dialogue.