ESRB rating details Dragon Age II’s scenes of violent and sexual nature

By Joe Anderson, Sunday, 6 February 2011 11:04 GMT

The ESRB has posted up its description of Dragon Age II, detailing the game’s inclusion of scenes of violence, sex and blood.

According to the ratings body’s description of the BioWare RPG, “attacks are often accompanied by slashing sounds, large explosions, and cries of pain,” also mentioning that “blood splatter effects occur when enemies are hit, and damage sometimes results in dismemberment or decapitation—blood stains and body parts occasionally appear in the environment.”

The description then goes on to describe one particular scene where “a man’s severed head is held up then tossed to the ground.”

It’s not all about violence, though. ESRB also pointed out that “characters sometimes engage in sexual dialogue,” with comments such as “Why is it always about sex with you?” and “Sailing is like sex. Do it wrong, and it’ll make you sick.”

Finally, the description also goes on to mention how players can also initiate brief cutscene sequences “in which couples (male-female or same-sex) are shown kissing and embracing one another in a bedroom as the screen fades to black.”

In fact according to ESRB, in one cutscene, a woman kneels in front of a male character and appears to perform “fellatio,” although there is no depiction of the sex act: the camera pans out to the rest of the room.

Dragon Age II releases on March 8 in the US and March 11 in Europe for PS3, 360 and PC.

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