Sounds Like Batman: Arkham Knight Will Be Surprisingly Violent

The world raised an eyebrow when it was revealed Batman: Arkham Knight would be M-rated, since the previous games—Arkham Asylum, Arkham City—were both T-Rated. The ESRB has now released its official ratings entry for Arkham Knight, providing insight into the decision. » 3/09/15 11:33am 3/09/15 11:33am

Chlamydia And Slutty Clowns: The ESRB Rates This Fall's Big Games

We normally think of game ratings as little more than a useful marker of where we'll be able to buy a game, or whether or not it's suitable for children. But oh, let me tell you: ESRB literature can be so, so much more than that. » 10/06/14 2:30pm 10/06/14 2:30pm

The ESRB Provides the Latest Preview of South Park: The Stick of Truth

It should be no surprise that South Park: The Stick of Truth is chock full o' filth-flarn-flarn-filth-flarn and hellbent for an M-for-Mature rating. It's still fun to hear the ESRB reading the dialogue aloud from its fainting couch. » 11/17/13 6:17pm 11/17/13 6:17pm

Local News Uncovers Adult Content in LittleBigPlanet 2 Two Years Late

In 2011, Sony released LittleBigPlanet 2 for the PlayStation 3. Two years later, Sacremento, California's News10 uncovers the startling truth behind its misleading "E for Everyone" rating. » 7/01/13 3:00pm 7/01/13 3:00pm

ESRB Tells Browser Game to Quit Bragging That It Was Rated AO

The ESRB has asked the Chinese maker of a browser-based game to quit advertising it as rated Adults Only, reports GamesIndustry.biz, largely because the game has never been rated by the ESRB. » 5/13/13 11:00am 5/13/13 11:00am

Australia's Long Struggle for Mature Video Game Ratings is Over

Legislation passed in Australia's Federal Parliament adds a R18+ rating for video games on January 1, 2013, ending years of mature games being censored, banned, or simply unreleased due to lack of age-appropriate classification. [News.com.au] » 6/18/12 12:15pm 6/18/12 12:15pm

Geralt Makes "Rated M for Mature" Sound So Sexy

The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings' hero doesn't get laid all the time for nothing. In this launch trailer for the Xbox 360 edition of the game, Geralt of Rivia warns of mature content in a way that'll have your parents purchasing the game for themselves. » 4/13/12 1:15pm 4/13/12 1:15pm

Two-Thirds of Parents Admit They Don't Bother Checking Video Game Age…

The ESRB has a fairly detailed and complex system that determines what games are marked kid-safe and which are considered appropriate for adults' eyes only. All major publishers participate in the voluntary rating system, and it is instrumental in physical, retail game sales in stores like GameStop and Walmart. » 4/13/12 11:30am 4/13/12 11:30am

The Week In Dangerous Games: Fish Punching, Erotically Engraved…

You know, video games will rot your brain. They're filled with nothing more than gratuitous fish abuse, LEGO toilet humor and references to pornographic cannonballs—or so this week's most potentially offensive video games might lead us to believe. » 10/03/11 8:00pm 10/03/11 8:00pm

The Week In Dangerous Games: Skyrim Binge Drinking, Kirby Rump Shaking…

How are new and upcoming video games potentially offending us now? In mostly the same old ways: with excessive violence and gore, earfuls of foul language, smoking, drinking and "suggestive themes," sometimes known as sex. » 9/26/11 10:00pm 9/26/11 10:00pm

HD Re-Release of Devil May Cry Trio Looks More Likely Than Ever

Earlier this year we published a rumor that the first three games in Capcom's famed Devil May Cry series would be getting an HD re-release. » 9/06/11 9:30pm 9/06/11 9:30pm

Here's What the ESRB has to Say About Dead Island

It's no surprise that Deep Silver's zombie title is getting an M-rating. The certificate just handed to it by the ESRB is still a little interesting for the bits of details it gives up from the game, from dialogue to gameplay features. » 7/17/11 6:00pm 7/17/11 6:00pm

Rating for Aliens: Infestation Shows It's Not Game Over for Aliens on DS

The Nintendo DS game based on the Aliens franchise that leaked more than two years ago looks like its finally going to happen. Proof? Aliens: Infestation for the DS, a side-scrolling, alien-shooting platformer, was just rated by the ESRB. » 7/15/11 4:20pm 7/15/11 4:20pm

Looks Like The Witcher 2 is Also Coming to the Xbox 360

Developer CD Projekt has teased console versions of The Witcher games before, but it looks like it might actually happen for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The game's producer talked around it to Eurogamer and the ESRB now has a rating for an Xbox 360 version. Maybe at E3, then? » 5/24/11 9:30pm 5/24/11 9:30pm

Kinect Googly Eyes, Crimson Alliance, Kinect Me and More Outed By…

Microsoft may be running shorter on genuine new surprises for this year's E3 expo, as Australia's ratings classification board shines a light on new, unannounced Xbox 360 and Kinect games. That said, I'm dying to find out what Kinect Googly Eyes is. » 5/23/11 9:00pm 5/23/11 9:00pm

'Human Tetris' Coming To Kinect?

Looks like Microsoft is turning game show Hole in the Wall, the Western take on Japan's Nōkabe (aka Brain Wall or colloquially "Human Tetris"), into an Xbox 360 game. And, yes, that does seem like a very natural fit for Kinect... » 5/17/11 8:00pm 5/17/11 8:00pm

Burnout Crash! Finally Adds Lobster Monsters and UFOs to Explosive…

Already outed by Australian's ratings board, the ESRB details the next game in the Burnout series, a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game that sounds... well, really different. » 5/06/11 5:40pm 5/06/11 5:40pm

It's Time For Chrono Trigger To Become A PSone Classic

Looks like the enhanced PlayStation port of Square Enix's seminal role-playing game Chrono Trigger is bound for the PlayStation 3 and PSP. The ESRB has just rated Chrono Trigger for those platforms, so expect the update of that JRPG favorite to show up as a PSone Classic on a PlayStation Store near you soon. » 4/22/11 7:40pm 4/22/11 7:40pm

Metacritic Ditches Developers' Career Ratings

Shortly after introducing ratings of individual video game developers, based on the aggregated ratings of games in which they are credited, Metacritic has scrapped the idea altogether, saying the information is incomplete and can't be trusted. » 3/31/11 9:30pm 3/31/11 9:30pm

Metacritic Now Rating Humans

Metacritic, whose 90s, 80s, 70s and dreaded 60s are points of pride and shame for the video game industry, will now be applying ratings to individual game developers, giving them a score based on an average of all the games they've worked on. » 3/26/11 5:00pm 3/26/11 5:00pm