The ESRB Overdives Into The 3rd Birthday


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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.