Radiant Historia Has An ESRB Rating

By Ishaan . December 19, 2010 . 2:02pm

Atlus’ time-travelling Nintendo DS RPG, Radiant Historia, now has an ESRB rating. The game is rated “Everyone 10+” with content descriptors for fantasy violence, language and use of alcohol.


Quite a bit of alcohol, at that, it would seem. Here’s what the amusing rating summary has to say about the game:


“This is a role-playing game in which players control a special agent who travels across time to complete various quests. From a top-down perspective, players navigate menus and use swords and elemental attacks (e.g., fire, ice, lightning) to engage in turn-based battles against human soldiers and fantastical creatures (e.g., giant insects, goblins, lizard men); enemies lose hit points and disappear when defeated. In some sequences, drunken characters appear in taverns and make reference alcohol in the dialogue (e.g., "All the booze my liver can handle," "<hic> Ah . . . Drinking. The solution to all life’s problems. <hic>," "<belch> Oh man . . . I am soooo plastered."). The words "damn," "bastard," and "a*s" appear in dialogue.”


Radiant Historia isn’t far from release. Atlus have the game pegged for February 22nd, 2011 in North America on the Nintendo DS.

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  • Looking forward to this!

  • Code

    Wow, I’m kind of surprised this is getting localized so quickly, it’s either a short game, or Atlus is getting amazingly fast >w<' Any word how the Japanese version was? This is really the first JRPG in awhile I've been curious about.

    • Ladius

      Simply put, they have reduced so much their jrpg localization output that releasing a single game almost five months after the japanese release isn’t such a big feat. That said, I’m still really pleased by RH coming to the USA, I will surely day-one it ^^

      • Shadow_Raskolnik

        Actually since it was developed internally by Atlus JP the Atlus NA usually gets it earlier then if it was a third-party title.

        In fact they have an article about this game in the January issue of Nintendo Power where it mentions that they have been working on this game before it was released in Japan.

  • A special agent? what, special agents existed in medieval times?!

    • SolidusSnake

      Of course… wherever there’s politics there’s cloak & dagger. Special agents even existed in feudal japan, ever hear of the ninja?

      • Exkaiser

        Never heard of the-
        Wait, no, that’d just prove they were really good at their jobs.

  • Kris

    I’ve never understood why ESRB censors “ass” in their descriptors and not “bastard” or “damn.”

    • I’ve never understood why people would write “a*s” instead of “ass” in the first place. Is there honestly anyone would would be offended by seeing the word in its entirety who will see “a*s” instead and think to themselves “Oh, thank goodness they omitted that ‘s’! Otherwise this would have been terribly offensive!”

      • nyrjin

        Humorous enough, because a child just learning to read couldn’t pronounce the difference.

        • When I have a child, the first thing I teach them will be how to pronounce all of the best swears. On the list: balderdash, damn your eyes, what the deuce, and bollocks.

      • Pro_from_Dover

        Don’t think anyone is offended reading “ass” (could be wrong), but I think some may get weird on writing it. I mean, all it takes is an ounce of doubt.
        And for what it’s worth… “ass” is a good swear, but “bastard” is a great curse!

  • EvilAkito

    A lot of alcohol? Sweet! Count me in!

  • onilink888

    Radiant Historia: so… we’ve got Mild Language, Fantasy Violence and Alcohol References, and those warrant for an E rating.

    Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier: we’ve got all of the above plus Suggestive Themes and Partial Nudity which constitutes for a T rating.

    So… Is it that a game has to fulfill a certain number of criteria to achieve (in this example) a teen rating or is it a case by case thing? Or neither?

    By the way, wouldn’t those words alone warrant for Radiant Historia to have a teen rating? I mean, I’ve never seen them in an E rated game…

  • Anyone around the age of ten who can play semi-complex RPG’s gets my respect :)

    Radiant Historia is one of the few Nintendo DS games I’m looking forward to ^_^

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