God of War Gets ESRB Rating; Expect Intense Violence, Decapitations and Relentless Gore

God of War ESRB Rating is In (Warning Contains Spoilers)

The upcoming PS4 exclusive God of War is one of the console’s most anticipated games next year. It marks the return of a key franchise in Sony’s first-party catalog and aims to shake up the series’ formula by focusing on Norse mythology and telling a more intimate story featuring Kratos and his son. God of War is coming to the PlayStation 4 early 2018. The ESRB rated the game and wrote a detailed description for the game. God of War has been rated “M” for mature. The content descriptors are: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language.

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The ESRB report states the following:

Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Rating Summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of half-human, half-god-like Kratos as he battles supernatural forces with his son. From an over-the-shoulder perspective, players travel through the Norse wilderness and use axes, double-chained blades, and swords to battle various enemies (e.g., rival gods/demigods, monsters, dragons, skeleton warriors). Combat is frequent and often bloody, with characters punching and kicking each other repeatedly, using bladed weapons to slash/stab/impale enemies. Larger enemies and bosses are dispatched in more intense sequences of violence: Kratos slashing and stabbing a dragon’s tongue; a character using an axe to hook and tear off an ogre’s jaw. During one sequence, players decapitate (off-screen) an imprisoned character and carry the severed head around; headless corpses also appear in other scenes. The words “f**k” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.