Watch Dogs Receives Story Details and ESRB Rating

April 14, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - 1 Comment


As the launch of Watch Dogs approaches, you probably still have a lot of questions. Maybe you aren’t sure if you want to get it or not, or maybe you’re excited and just want to learn everything you can about it. Well, IGN has released a new video that goes into more detail about the story of Watch Dogs, while also showing off gameplay. Check it out if you’re interested, but be warned that there are some story spoilers.

A lot you will also be interested in the content that gives Watch Dogs its M rating. The ESRB updated its rating today. Watch Dogs is rated M for “Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol,” and the summary goes into a little more detail:

This is third-person shooter/action game in which players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker trying to find an evil mastermind. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill various human enemies (e.g., criminals, police officers). When close to an enemy, players are able to shoot them in the head or knock them out with a black jack. Players have the ability to kill captives after (mostly) off-screen interrogations. Cutscenes depict further instances of violence (e.g., a man stabbed in the neck and shot multiple times). Combat is highlighted by cries of pain, blood-splatter effects, and realistic gunfire. The game includes several depictions of topless female characters. One prolonged scene depicts a topless women standing in a bedroom; another sequence depicts close-ups of topless women sitting down. The game also includes a few instances of sexual activity, including an obscured depiction of masturbation; a woman performing fellatio on a man; and a man thrusting against a woman from behind—camera angles obscure the sex act and no nudity is shown. During the course of the game, the central character is sometimes consumes large amounts of alcohol (the screen turns blurry); one sequence depicts characters using needles to inject themselves with drugs. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.

There’s a lot of stuff to think about there, and of course, it’s provoking a lot of arguments. We don’t care if that description makes you more interested in the game, makes you less interested in the game, or has absolutely no effect on your interest in the game. Just keep your discussions about it respectful and civil.

We’ve also learned that sadly, there won’t be any cheat codes in Watch Dogs, although there will be a free companion app.

And while we still don’t have a release date for the Wii U version, new rumors suggest it will come out this fall.

Tags: , , , ,

Xbox One launch titles receive early ratings from app users

November 19, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Microsoft has released its SmartGlass app for Windows phones and many gamers who (somehow) managed to get their hands on a Xbox One console early are using it to post early ratings of games like Assassin’s Creed IV, Forza 5 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Of course once the review embargos are lifted on the Xbox One’s launch titles in literally just a few hours/days then the onslaught of “proper” reviews from gaming publications will begin. Until then, you’ll just have to make do with what are mostly just game ratings (out of 5) from your average (but somehow well-connected) gamer.

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 4/5
  • Angry Birds Star Wars – 3.5/5
  • Battlefield 4 – 5/5
  • Call of Duty Ghosts – 4/5
  • Crimson Dragon – 3.5/5
  • FIFA 14 – 4.5/5
  • Forza Motorsport 5 – 4.5/5
  • Just Dance 2014 – 4/5
  • Killer Instinct – 4.5/5
  • Madden NFL 25 – 5/5
  • Marvel Super Heroes – 4.5/5
  • NBA 2K14 – 4/5
  • NBA Live 14 – 4/5
  • Need for Speed Rivals – 3.5/5
  • Powerstar Golf – 4/5
  • Ryse: Son of Rome – 4.5/5
  • Skylanders – 3.5/5
  • Xbox Fitness – 4/5
  • Zoo Tycoon – 3.5/5
  • Zumba Fitness – 3.5/5

PS: If you’re wondering what the SmartGlass app is, it lets you pair your Windows-powered mobile phone or tablet with your Xbox One console. You can then control things on the console like menu functions as well as message friends and launch games and apps.

Tags: , , , , , ,