Far Cry 5’s ESRB Mature Rating Elaborates on Drug Use as In-Game Mechanic

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Today, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board has unveiled the final product rating for Far Cry 5. According to the ESRB, the upcoming first-person shooter will receive an “M” for Mature rating. Much like its predecessor, the board decided to give the sequel a Mature rating citing the use of “Blood and Gore,” “Intense Violence,” and “Sexual Themes” as a few factors. Most interesting is how players will be able to use drugs to enhance their abilities and skills.

Here’s a full description of Far Cry 5’s final rating from the ESRB:

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a sheriff’s deputy as he battles religious zealots in Montana. Players explore the open-world environment and engage in combat missions to liberate enemy compounds/outposts, rescue hostages, and battle enemy militia. Players use machine guns, bows, flamethrowers, and explosives to kill enemies in frenetic combat; combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and blood-splatter effects.

Stealth attacks (e.g., strangling, stabbing, snapping enemies’ necks) are also used to take out unsuspecting guards discreetly. Cutscenes depict additional acts of intense violence: a man shooting himself in the head; a character repeatedly being electrocuted during an interrogation scene; a man cutting a large swath of skin off a character’s chest. Mutilated corpses can be found in some areas of the environment.

The game contains references to sex in the dialogue (e.g., “Now it’s time for me to find some p*ssy to eat,” “But at night it was a goddamn red-light district just women selling their p*ssies everywhere,” and “Do not finger blast girls here.”). During the course of the game, players can consume alcohol, resulting in a screen-blurring effect. Several sequences reference drugs in dialogue (e.g., “She took to a needle for help,” “…like some bad pagan acid trip,” “…they all got hooked to what is now commonly referred to as opium!”).

Players may also consume homeopathic drugs (e.g., “Fast,” “Furious”) that boost players’ abilities and skills; one drug (oregano) blurs the screen when consumed and is described as, “Surprisingly good in brownies.” The words “f**k” and “c*nt” are heard in the game.

Far Cry 5 is currently being developed by Ubisoft Montreal (with additional assistance from Ubisoft Berlin). Set in modern-day Montana, players take control of a sheriff deputy who finds himself in the middle of a violent conflict with a murderous cult known as Eden’s Gate. Initially, the game was set to release in February 2018. However, early last month the publisher announced that several of its upcoming titles, including Far Cry 5 would be delayed.

If you would like more information on the game, check out a recent trailer, which showcases some of the allies who you will be fighting with. For a better idea of what you can expect regarding gameplay, check out DualShockers’ hands-on preview of the game.

Far Cry 5 will release on March 27 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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