Why Shadows Of The Damned Earned Its "M" Rating From The ESRB

By Spencer . March 27, 2011 . 2:03am

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Since its a Grasshopper Manufacture title game done in the style of grindhouse cinema, Shadows of the Damned was destined to be a "M" rated game from the day Suda51 started planning it. What points struck a cord with the ESRB?

 

This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of Garcia Hotspur, a demon hunter who must retrieve his kidnapped girlfriend from Hell. Players use a former demon that can transform into various weapons (e.g., pistols, torches, shotguns, machine guns) to kill demonic creatures in underworld cities. Combat is highlighted by loud cries of pain, realistic gunfire, and large explosions. The violence is often accompanied by blood effects: large blood splashes occur when enemies are hit, and some demons explode into bloody gibs when killed; cutscenes also depict the decapitation of boss creatures, resulting in fountain-like sprays of blood. In one level, players can view a handful of strip club–themed billboards (e.g., ‘Strippers,’ ‘Sex Parade’). In another sequence, a giant female character gyrates while cupping her exposed breasts; moaning sounds can be heard in the background. The words ‘f**k,’ ‘sh*t,’ and ‘d*ck’ can be heard in the dialogue.

 

No mention of all the dick jokes? I suppose the machinegun being called a "boner" and other bits of toilet humor aren’t as significant as how Paula’s decapitated head starts screaming at Garcia. On second thought it looks like the ESRB missed that too.


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  • http://twitter.com/KazeNoTruner David Birta

    “The boner”?
    Brb laughing for eternity. XD

  • Testsubject909

    *giddily sits down*

    It’s story time with the ESRB again! Story time!

    *listens attentively*

    Oooh… cries of pain… splatters of blood… demons exploding into gory bits… decapitation causing blood fountains… strip club billboards… giant stripper woman… moaning… bad words…

    Story time was great! Thank you ESRB.

  • Aiddon

    good times. Suda ain’t gonna disappoint

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472407455 Charles Lupula

    I’m actually surprised they missed the big thing of pubic hair you had to interact with that I read about in one magazine.

  • z_merquise

    Guess the ESRB people don’t want to spoil the surprising stuff. Those things are best witnessed in the game itself.

    I’m really excited for this game. I hope the limited edition (if there’s one) would include the soundtrack for this game. 2 trailers so far and I’m already loving the music there.

  • z_merquise

    This one could not be within topic (but still related to Damned), Grasshopper would show a new trailer for the game in the upcoming event Grasstream 2: Travis vs Garcia. What made this event better was that tickets sales would be given to Red Cross for the victims of the tragedy in Japan.

    Check the details here:
    http://www.grasshopper.co.jp/en/archives/2666

    I hope Siliconera would feature this event when it comes.

  • http://twitter.com/sakurairomemori Alphabet Soup

    LOL I love these ESRB articles you guys do. It’s just amusing to see what they latch onto and what gets passed over. I’ll be looking forward to one when Catherine’s release gets closer! :)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/JadenPrinceton C.Guzman

    When I read “some demons explode into bloody gibs when killed;” I immediately thought Killer 7…..ahh, those Heaven Smiles

    Also, a machinegun being called a ‘Boner’? Can’t. Stop. The. LOL.

  • PrinceHeir

    “No mention of all the dick jokes? I suppose the machinegun being called a “boner” and other bits of toilet humor aren’t as significant as how Paula’s decapitated head starts screaming at Garcia. On second thought it looks like the ESRB missed that too”

    for some reason i remember reading the same exact statement on another related article? XD

    can’t wait for this :P lol at the ESRB description.

    it’s gonna be one hell of ride ^^

    • MisterDandylion

      I think it was the Duke Nukem Forever article xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/jstack Jon Stachewicz

    Reason 1: The name of the game is “Shadows of the Damned”

    I hope nobody was expecting any less than an M

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