Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jul 18, 2011

The ESRB’s Verdict On Dead Island

Dead Island, the new zombie survival title from Deep Silver, has gotten its final verdict from the ESRB, which has rated it M for Mature. This honestly doesn’t hit us as much of a surprise. What we did enjoy, however, is what the rating board offered up in the ways of details for the game.

Here’s what the listing notes when it comes to Dead Island:

This is a first-person shooter in which players join a group of survivors who must battle a zombie infestation on a tropical island. Players use baseball bats, knives, axes, shotguns, and rifles to kill waves of zombies. Battles are accompanied by screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and slow-motion effects. When zombies are knocked to the ground, players can sometimes stomp on their heads to complete kills. Large blood splatter stains the surrounding environment and players’ weapon. Players can also dismember zombies, and various scenes depict bloody torsos, legs, or other mutilated body parts. As the game progresses, alcoholic beverages can be consumed to increase damage output, resulting in screen-blurring effects; in one cutscene, drunken characters are depicted stumbling around a party. Some sequences also reference drug use; one mission requires players to retrieve drugs for a character (e.g., “I haven’t shot up since the day before yesterday and I’m getting the chills.”). The game also contains a handful of sexual references in the dialogue (e.g., “One rich bugger I investigated was clearly molesting his fourteen-year-old daughter.”); one scene depicts a bikini-clad woman tied to a bed and surrounded by video cameras. The words “f**k” and sh*t” can be heard in dialogue.

In short, if you’re a fan of shotguns, blood and gore, violence, and half-naked women, then you’re in for a treat with this game. We all know that it’s going to be a winner, as it even walked away from E3 with plenty of awards and nominations. Dead Island is still set to release later on September 6th, which is getting ever so closer.


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