The ESRB, the board that assigns age and content ratings to video games, have rated Battlefield: Bad Company 2
(Mature, unsurprisingly) just ahead of its impending March release. For those unfamiliar with the ESRB, when rating a game they supply descriptions of the content within the game and give examples, whether it be swearing, violence, sex or anything else potentially offensive. In the rating description for B:BC2 (the game, not the TV channel), the ESRB wrote the following:
This is a first-person shooter featuring two modes of gameplay: single player, in which players control soldiers on a mission to stop terrorists; and multiplayer, in which players engage in team-based combat ("Conquest," "Rush," "Squad Rush," and "Squad Death Match"). Both modes involve using machine guns, rifles, grenade launchers, and rockets to kill enemy soldiers on the battlefield. In single-player mode, players conduct missions on an unnamed Japanese island during World War II and then move into the modern day through jungles, deserts, and snowy terrain. The firefights contain realistic gunfire, loud explosions, cries of pain; large sprays of blood come out of injured characters during the fast-paced combat. There are also close-up depictions of knife-stabbing (flesh-impact sounds) and melee attacks with a power drill. Multiplayer mode tends to involve more goal-oriented tasks, such as "capturing-the-flag," destroying and defending crates, point-based fighting. Characters use profanity (e.g., "f**k," "sh*t," and "a*shole") during cutscenes and in the heat of battle.
Missions on a Japanese island during World War II, and then modern day jungle, desert and snow-based settings? Unexpected, but sounds pretty awesome. To draw unnecessary comparisons, the flashback missions in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
were amazingly fun to play, and here's hoping that however these WWII missions play out they're as much fun to run through.Battlefield: Bad Company 2
is set to hit American store shelves on March 2nd, and here in Europe on March 5th.