The ESRB have had a go at Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and the game has come away with its very own shiny “M” rating for Blood and Gore, Nudity and Violence — all those ingredients that make for a fantastic game. Wait, nudity?
“This is an action-adventure game in which players control a warrior named Gabriel as he battles the forces of darkness. Gabriel uses a bladed whip as well as large hammers, swords, spears, and axes to kill human and fantasy creatures (e.g., werewolves, vampires, goblins, demons). Combat includes depictions of repeated punching, slashing, and occasional stabbing or breaking of bones.
Blood-splatter effects occur during battle, and blood stains can be seen in the environment. One scene depicts a butcher chopping up corpses and feeding them to vampire creatures; boss fights may also contain instances of gore, including dismemberment of a monster’s arm. Some female creatures (e.g., green fairies and a dragon-like female) appear topless throughout the game.”
I’m sure topless fairies have been done before but what about topless dragon-women? We wonder what those look like. Does it count as topless if you’re covered in scales? I guess we’ll have to see for ourselves.