The ESRB Overdives Into The 3rd Birthday

By Ishaan . February 9, 2011 . 9:31am

Torn clothes, shower scenes, bunny outfits…you’ve already seen it all in The 3rd Birthday. The ESRB, however, only got their first good look at the game recently and have, unsurprisingly, given it an “M” (Mature) rating.


With descriptors for Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, and Violence, the ESRB describe the game through their eyes:


This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of a federal agent (Aya) who uses her special abilities to battle an alien invasion. Players use machine guns, pistols, shotguns, and explosives to attack and kill alien creatures (i.e., "the Twisted"). Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, explosions, and screams of pain; enemies generally explode and disappear when defeated. Several cutscenes contain large pools or splashes of blood; in one sequence, slow-motion blood droplets fall over a crowd as multiple characters are killed at once.


Aya’s character can change into a variety of outfits (e.g., lingerie bunny costume, short skirts, bikini tops); when she is injured, her clothes also take damage and reveal large amounts of cleavage/buttocks. One unlockable video depicts Aya in the shower, with her breasts and buttocks partially obscured by steam and varied camera angles. The words "f**k" and "sh*t" appear in the dialogue.


Nope, no surprises here. At least, not for those of us that have been keeping up with the game. There are many who have yet to discover the joys of T3B’s shower scene.

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  • Wow there is a lingerie bunny outfit? Why would one fight in that? However there is a bikini top, and short skirts? Does she have a formal outfit? Oddly in games in which characters can dress formally I usually have them sport that outfit (if swimsuit beachwear isnt an option).

    ESRB always has such detailed descriptions, they do their jobs well.

    • WizardoftheBlueOrder

      Don’t ever get hit then, as it’s not going to stay “formal” very long.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Quiet, he ain’t ready for Ikki Tousen or Queens Blade.

        • hystzen

          now getting image of Aya ikki tousen cosplaying that would be a Mmmmm rated

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Why would anyone fight in multicolored spandex or sailor suits? Learn not to think or worry about such things, just enjoy em.

      Just be prepared for if and when you buy the Ar Tonelicos for girls fighting in even more ridiculous getups!



        • Why mess? The ridiculous clothes there, are what makes the game great, the story, soundtrack and the characters are just the cream and cherry on the cake. xD

          • I never said they arent great xD.


            Apologize naooooo!! (>0.0)>

          • Haha, alright I apologize, but dude you have to tell me how you could find the Ar Tonelico Siliconera?? I want to talk with them too :D

          • You have beat ar tonelico 1 and 2 with all the girls and FIND EVERYTHING, 100% END ALL THE GAME.

            And maybe, just maybe, you will be granted the permition to go into their world…
            They will sit you on a computer, and put

            But you gotta memorize their alphabet because you wont be able to understand the Spencer or Ishaan or Melind or Krist, etc of the Ar tonelico world

          • Hoo boy, it seems I have to play 1 and 2 again for the next days! xO

            How do they know how to contact me, is it like Matrix or Tron?
            Wow, I am so excited xD

            And the language too..phew lots of work, but it’s worth it!

          • Omg, everytime you reply me i cant reply you haha, this post of yours is the main branch.

            They will contact you in your dreams, they have the ability to use the towers and get into our dream world~ And there, they will take you your conciousness to their world.

            1 day there is like 10 minutes in our world so dont worry of spending too much time there, but try to not forget where you come from, or they will absorb you! REMEMBER!!!!!!!~~

            And before you ask, no, you cant bring a revytail into our world, i already asked

        • I’m sorry about that xD

          That sounds amazing, but man that means I will be more than one month in their world, before I wake up the next morning o_o, well lots of time to date with the girls xd
          I just write my origin on my palm so I won’t forget it. xo

          Though man what a bummer, I so wanted my own Revytail girlfriend q__q
          Can I at least take picture with them?

          • You gotta complete their cosmospace first xD

        • Oh shoot, they are more dangerous than the outside world! xD

        • M’iau M’iaut

          So considering it doesn’t look like he’s ready for Aya in the shower dare I mention that in AT2 Luca and Cloche bathe together? All that shared girl talk about bbbbbbboys, and the rubber duckies and what not they take in with them? The crystals and each one’s nekkid bodies?

          Should I consider mentioning such sultry bonding?

          • Hell…yes please. I can’t think of anyone who isn’t interested in such lovely relationships between two girls, I mean they have so much fun together playing with duckies and towels and all the crazy creations they do, we all should learn from them~~~♪

          • You made me remember so many good things hahaha

    • Zero_Destiny

      If you want to see girls in ridiculous clothes play Dragon Quest :D!!! Akira Toriyama knows how to put girls in crazy HAWT clothes lol
      Just look at Dragon Quest VIII: []
      Jessica is enough to increase any guy’s tension lol Poor Hero :(

      • Oh man that was a great game, I remember how long I played it just to have all the costumes for Jessica, than there was the alternate costume for the Hero, which was some serious work, but it was worth it! The best thing was the Le Club Puff-Puff though, whenever you play the game you have to try that dude. xd

        • Zero_Destiny

          Oh the puff-puff :D
          and who could forget Va Va Voom!!! lol
          I loved that game. XD The hero’s armor is great I love how it looks like Erdrick’s armor. Good old Dragon Quest.

          • Yes, the puff-puff, gotta love the bad french accent there xD
            And oh lord the “Va Va Voom” was amazing xD

          • Zero_Destiny

            The puff-puff in Dragon Quest IX is really funny too. This time you get the rub on by sheep instead of slimes. XD

          • Dude that’s so disturbing I now have to buy Dragon Quest IX in the weekend. xD

  • Time to dig out those old PE discs.

  • Gar! I hope the nearest gamestore here in my area will stock on it because I don’t want to commute all the way to the nearest GameStop, which is in downtown, to buy it because of the company’s ID policy for M and above rated games. I don’t want to carry around any state ID while in a place where I can get potentially robbed. My money getting stolen is fine, but my identity isn’t.

    • Jesus, where do you live?

    • You know, there are more forms of ID than your birth certificate and your passport. You don’t have much to worry about if some thug robs you of your student ID or your bus pass.

      “… but Mr. Val! I don’t have any of those things!”

      Well, that’s not really my problem. Maybe you should try to look like a proper man/woman since you’re supposedly the right age. In any case, I’m sure you’ll be fine in the end.

      • Well unless they had a traumatic experience of it, then I think avoiding the downtown location is the way to go.

      • If someone stole my bus pass while I was downtown, I’d be pissed. That thing is good until May 22nd! Not like I couldn’t get a replacement… but I’d be pretty much stranded for a while.

      • bugmeknot

        I stopped going to a certain major brick and mortar shop after they said I don’t have any “legally acceptable” forms of ID. Now I just go to one their competitors (which happen to be less than 30 seconds walk away) or buy online if I can wait for delivery.

        And it wasn’t even a 17/18 rated game I was trying to buy!

      • SolidusSnake

        “Well, that’s not really my problem. Maybe you should try to look like a proper man/woman since you’re supposedly the right age. In any case, I’m sure you’ll be fine in the end. ”

        I was kinda wondering about this myself. How much of a kid do you have to look / act like to actually get carded for buying a vidya game? I can’t even remember the last time I got carded for buying booze, and I’m only 25. Maybe they’re just really strict where Heehee lives??

        • Zero_Destiny

          *sigh* The county I live in, it’s a law to show ID to buy cigarettes, alcohol, R movies, and M games. There’s no if’s and’s or but’s about it. If you were 80 they still have to ID you. The employees could be fired otherwise and if the government got word of a place that doesn’t they can close it down. :( It all started when some darn kids were able to buy alcohol and other drugs at a gas station like 5 or 6 years ago. Everyone freaked out and passed stupid laws because of it. *sigh* Why do I have to pay because of some other idiots’ stupidity.

          • SolidusSnake

            Damn, that’s pretty draconian, bro. It’s a shame that people are willing to waive their freedom just so they can have a false sense of security while their kids do god knows what. I’m not sure turning the government into a babysitter is really a good alternative for active parenting, but what do I know. Anyway, I feel for you man.

          • Zero_Destiny

            *sigh* No matter what people think laws aren’t and can’t be parents. There’s no substitute for good parenting. Be responsible and raise your children well. If only the government felt the same way. :(

          • Your situation resembles mine quite well, I have to show my ID everywhere too, well I don’t smoke or drink, but it’s annoying when buying games or going to the cinema to watch a 18+’s all about the “parents” that freak out when they see something like that in the news, tse. :/

          • Zero_Destiny

            lol I don’t drink or smoke either. Not really my thing. I’ll have a beer here or there like at a party but 1 or 2 is my limit. I don’t enjoy getting drunk. And yeah you gotta love how people freak out over the stupidest things and make life harder for everyone.

          • PrinceHeir

            oh my god same as well XD

            though at least from where im from they’re not that strict. no need to show any ID’s if your buying any beers or smoke. even if your 8 years old and such(well usually they’re only making errands for their fathers)

            what really pains me in my country is that they’re too strict about things like Sex and such. they usually ban manga’s that have H series and such(not that many manga’s comes here in the first place) and we have a law that bans divorce. yes if your plan on marrying someone here you better make sure you choose the right one :P

    • I remember i went to the US by the time Metal Gear 4 was released…

      I was like 17 about to be 18… So i think i was legally ok to buy a M rated game, is it 17+ or 18+? Anyway, and i got into the big and full of people Toy R’ Us in new york, grabbed the game, and brought it…

      As a foreigner with no ID (at least US’s ID), so i guess luck also helps =0

      Good luck xD

      • Well they never said it was illegal…at least in the recent times, DVDs, games, and other things that have a M rating get flagged at retailers such as gamestop, target, and walmart and require ID for age (Its rather annoying for movies and games, I get tired of showing my ID, which is the benefit of buying at AMZN). I dont think all retailers do it though.

        SN: you should have stayed in the glorious United States

        • Nah lol, i dont like crowed places (at least NY), but i do like how cheap everything is.

          Well, i meant legally as if, they wouldnt sell it to me, if they sold it, it would be ilegal, and i think they would be the one with problems…

          • Where exactly did you go to in New York? Every place that tourists typically go to is expensive. (Well I suppose that’s true in any tourist hot spot but still…)

          • Zero_Destiny

            I think it’s just that America usually sells things like videogames cheaper than other countries, that and we give you bigger food servings. lol

          • I cant really say but it was hella packed, is some toy r us that is in one of all those blocks where the time square is, etc.

            But just as Zero Destiny say, compared to my country, everything is so cheap, but there are a lot of things related like, how much money we win in jobs and how much it is when is changed to dollar currency etc.

      • PrinceHeir

        where are you from Wild Arms if i may ask?

        since i also went in the US 2 months before MGS4 released date(which is june). i missed the launch party since back at my home im concentrating on my studies and such. i didn’t even know MGS4 was about to be release that year O_O

        wow NY too? same2 XD yeah i also don’t like it here. too crowded not to mention soo many rude people(not all). but i have bought tons of rare games here New and Sealed. so i guess it was okay for me

        • Im from Venezuela, in South America xD, MGS4 was released in 2008 i think… i remember it was still new, maybe had like a month out, when i got it xD

    • SolidusSnake

      Exercise your 2nd amendment rights, dood!

  • already preordered the the twisted edition of the game….

    • SolidusSnake

      Just curious, are you European or do you know of a way for people outside Europe to get it? The special edition looks pretty sweet. I know for sure that doesn’t ship to the US, although sometimes you’ll find a seller who does.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        GAME will ship stateside and at a reasonable price. I’ve seen a few other smaller shops too, but GAME is probably the most reputable and direct.

        • SolidusSnake

          Hey thanks for the tip 2M’iau! I’m still REALLY on the fence about this one… I have my doubts about the story and gameplay, but I gotta admit the special edition looks damn hot. Maybe I should flip a coin?

          • M’iau M’iaut

            NP, it’s how I tracked down PS3 Agarest and Hotel Dusk2 back in the day. I’ll need to pass on PE3 just because Feb-April is such a mess with anything else.

            FYI M’iau prefers Miau2 or MM — both make the little FOnewearl princeszz sound more street. Foshizzlez, gin and juice, packin that Mac10 and all that!

        • Wow, you’re right. GAME worldwide shipping prices are pretty reasonable. Thanks for the tip! Considering plonking down the £35 I’d need to get the Twisted edition delivered to me…

  • I wanted to play this game before it became an amalgamation of fan service.

    Who am I kidding? I still want to play this game.

    • This is also me. Not only do I still want to play it as well, I preordered it.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I think the backlash stateside would be far less if folks knew more of the many gaiden and fan disk materials Japan gets. Not to mention every anime/gaming girl in history has had some naughty h-comic done of her for Comiket. Such things are never meant to be full featured titles or canon.

  • M of “Mmmmmmm :9”

  • I hope this game flops.

    • SolidusSnake

      So much hate…

    • Aiddon

      after seeing how bad that narrative is I can hardly blame you. The big twist at the end makes all the fanservice downright disturbing and, well, icky.

      • puchinri

        The heavy fanservice bugged me (I love fanservice, but there’s a time and a place and sometimes a certain character even), but I didn’t expect it to be ickier. (Mind sharing the twist?)

        • SolidusSnake

          Ah c’mon, please don’t ask him to spoiler the ending! You gotta be kidding me man!

          • puchinri

            I could have him put spoiler in bold on top of it? But I don’t think he’s going to put it anyway, if that’s any comfort. >u<'

        • Aiddon

          well…let’s just say that anyone who adores Aya will be seeing red by the time that twist roles around. A twist that can’t even justify itself if you know how the series’ canon works. I wish I could PM or censor it, because it’s a DOOZY in the worst ways possible

          • puchinri

            Oh, wow, that sucks. Oh gosh, it’s kind of killing me to know now…

          • Aiddon

            well, you could skim around the message boards on Gamefaqs since some people have played the Japanese version of the game.

            like here (PS, don’t anybody click these if you don’t want MASSIVE spoilers):


            and here:


            and here:


            it makes NO SENSE, is grossly out of tune with the series’ tone and themes, and is a mushroom bruise to the fans involved. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

          • puchinri

            Wow… That is. …Thanks to Squeenix again, for more *stellar* writing.
            I don’t think I want to touch anything of their’s for a while that isn’t a remake.

          • Aiddon

            see what I mean by saying the twist makes the fanservice icky? I have NO clue what Toriyama was thinking, but his writing is still terrible, arguably even getting worse by this point. The only guy I look forward to seeing stories from is Matsuno (and the Enix side of things, but that’s a different story). Other than that, they need good writers BADLY

          • puchinri

            It really does. That was terrible. As someone else put it, ‘they expected more class out of them’. I honestly don’t know what kind of standard to hold them to right now.

            I’ll have to look into Matsuno~. I was trying to think of names I liked at Squeenix, but I realized quite a few people left and while they still have some very talented people, I don’t know, they’re under-utilized or something. I am really hoping, wishing and praying they get good writers.

          • Aiddon

            Matsuno was the creator-writer-director of Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, and the Ogre Battle Saga. I’m not exaggerating when I say he’s not just the best guy at Square, he’s one of the best writer-directors in the game industry PERIOD. Had he finished FFXII it would have been a masterpiece, though executive meddling and squabbles within the dev team caused him to nearly lose his mind. Still, if the Tactics Ogre remake is any indication, he’s still got it.

          • puchinri

            Ohhh! Well then I most definitely agree with you. And that’s a shame. I would have loved a FFXIII finished by him. Squeenix is really shooting themelves in the foot with exec meddling and such lately, isn’t it? I am looking forward to Tactics Ogre though.

          • Aiddon

            yeah, Vaan and Penelo weren’t even supposed to BE in XII and Basch was meant to be the hero. Now THAT would be a shakeup the series needed. Hopefully he continues with the Ogre Battle series.

    • Why would you say something like that? In this day and age Square Enix needs all the success it can get.

    • Confused-chan


      DIE DIE DIE EVERYTHING MUST DIE @[email protected];

      • SolidusSnake

        Oh snap Confucius-chan is gonna go postal!

    • RupanIII

      I’ve been reading a lot of impressions and it seems pretty divisive, like many fans of the originals really don’t like it, despite the good targeting system etc. I think I’m gonna track down the first two games, which I missed during the PSX days, before 3rd Birthday to play them in order and see what all the hub-bub is. I’m not a PE fan and I don’t know the story/history, but I do know what it’s like to have favorite series/show/etc. updated or re-imagined in ways that can’t hold a candle to the originals.

      • Aiddon

        we’re talking about some REALLY bad moments of writing here; these are Jeph Loeb/Countdown levels of blatant disregard for continuity, canon, and character (if one were to use comic book lingo). Or we could also say it’s like Batman Forever/Batman and Robin (as much of charged terms as those are). I REALLY don’t get what Toriyama’s problem was, but he really didn’t get the character of Aya, the spirit and tone of the series, and even flubbed on some basic continuity (Eve’s age for instance). This isn’t like the Star Trek reboot film that was recently done, this is objectively bad from MANY angles.

  • Icon

    I can’t wait to get The 3rd Shower Scene. I hope the game it comes with is pretty good too.

  • Bakuryukun

    What really pisses me off about the hate some people give this game is that, they treat it like Parasite Eve having shower scenes is new. It’s not, it happened in Parasite Eve 2 as well. Also, as far as the gameplay being different, it’s not like 1 and 2 were all that similar. I think this is mostly just a case of it being ‘cool’ to hate on Square Enix these days as usual.

  • PrinceHeir

    this along with Dissidia 012 will keep my portable needs secure as well as MH Portavle 3rd :P

  • Billy Añonuevo

    Okay, so I tracked down spoilers for the ending and all I can say is “…. what?” Sure, I’ll still get this down the line as it seems to look like a pretty competent 3rd person shooter/RPG hybrid. My budget will only allow for Dissidia 012, so 3rd Birthday will have to wait a bit.

  • It’s rated M so that means it’s gonna be SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUST…PREORDER!

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