Saturday 16 December 2017

ESRB rates BioShock: The Collection

BioShock: The Collection
BioShock: The Collection

Mark O'Beirne

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has listed BioShock: The Collection, though 2K Games is still yet to announce it.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is the latest to have given BioShock: The Collection a rating, after it previously cropped up in Brazil and Taiwan. 2K Games is yet to officially announce the collection.

The ESRB listing confirms that it features BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. Here’s the full description, which highlights scenes of violence, alcohol consumption, racial slurs, and foul language:

“This is a collection of three first-person shooters in which players assume the role of characters uncovering the mysteries behind the dystopian societies of Rapture and Columbia. As players explore each city, they use shotguns, machine guns, rivet guns, and rocket launchers to kill mutated citizens and enemy soldiers. Players can also use special powers (e.g., telekinesis, fire blasts, electric bolts) to kill enemies as well as a three-pronged hook to dismember and decapitate them. Large blood-splatter effects occur as enemies are injured; pools of blood can be seen around corpses.

Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: characters shot in the head at close range; a woman smothered to death with a pillow; a man impaled by a drill; a character nearly lobotomized with surgical tools. The game references sexual material in the dialogue (e.g., “I think yeh gave me the clap, ya dirty boy,” “Gonorrhea! That’s what you’ll get,” and “Sexual intimacy is no different from any other commodity friend. You sell soybeans I sell companionship.”).

During the course of the game, players can consume alcoholic beverages, resulting in a screen-blurring effect; a handful of scenes depict children smoking cigarettes. The social/political backdrop of one fictional city (set in the year 1912) includes the use of derogatory ethnic/racial terms (e.g., the words “gook,” “chink,” “negroes,” “injuns,” “crackers”); language such as “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can also be heard.”

Expect an official announcement from 2K Games in the near future. Will it hold out for E3? BioShock: The Collection is tipped for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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