Why Is Bayonetta Rated M?

By Spencer . April 23, 2009 . 9:29am


Torture attack finishing moves are surely part of the reason Bayonetta got rated M and CERO D in Japan. What kind of crazy deaths can you conjure in Bayonetta? Let’s see what the ESRB says.


This is an action game in which players assume the role of an ancient witch who battles angels and demons while uncovering the mystery of her past. Players use hand-to-hand combat, magic attacks, and pistols to kill enemy creatures that often spray blood when hit. Players can also perform an assortment of over-the-top finishing moves – referred to in the game as “torture attacks” – on the creatures: impalement with an iron maiden; decapitation with a guillotine; dismemberment with a chainsaw; and summoning a demon that bites, then rips characters apart. During the course of the game, some female characters perform suggestive taunts and poses, including opening their legs or gyrating their hips. Some of the more provocative outfits are shed during battle, resulting in brief depictions of buttocks and breasts. The camera occasionally pans close-up on breasts as they are jiggling. Strong profanity (e.g., “f*ck,” sh*t,” and “a*shole”) can be heard throughout the dialogue.


Lots of violence, lots of jiggling, and lots of f-bombs. Bayonetta might be even more over the top than Madworld.

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  • M’iau M’iaut

    I am really starting to get a kick out of these deeper descriptions the ESRB is posting on their website. Guess the industry is trying to get a ‘paper trail’ of existant information out there on ‘mature’ themes for legal purposes.

    Here’s what they had to say about Super Robot Taisen…

    Rating summary: This is a role-playing game (RPG) in which players assume the role of an intergalactic bounty hunter who explores different worlds, meets other adventurers, and battles enemies (humans, robots, monsters, etc.) along the way. Players mostly explore various dungeons, then engage in frenetic turn-based combat using an assortment of guns, swords, or kicks and punches. Some female characters are depicted with exaggerated proportions with frequent breast jiggle. During one woman’s special attack, a knife-like object protrudes from her chest, cutting open her clothes to reveal significant cleavage. Dialogue contains references to alcohol products such as sake, as well as the expletives “b*tch” and “bastard.”

    “Frequent Breast Jiggle?” and “Cutting open her clothes to reveal significant cleavage?”…..Atlus Aram may want to think about posting these on the box art and ads rather than Play Magazines positive scores….

  • And here I thought maybe it was that screenshot from a couple weeks ago (I forget the article’s content; I just remember the title started with “Bayonetta bares all”) where she clearly wasn’t wearing anything but some well-placed black streaks that may have been an attack, may have been her hair, or maybe both.

  • cesca

    Can’t wait for this game – though I hope it’s more of a GOW game than DMC….or a mix of both.

    And I’m hoping they get some good writers the have has a great potential to be really funny!

    • cesca

      ugh, typos. The GAME HAS great potential to be funny.

  • Wishy

    This game is gonna be great.

  • daizyujin

    Now all they need to do is make the jiggling boobies drop f-bombs and we have it all.

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