God of War ESRB Rating and Description Announced; Includes Minor New Gameplay Details

Santa Monica’s God of War finally received its ESRB rating, and there are no surprises.

The ESRB rated the new entry as Mature, just like the rest of the series. As always, the ESRB rating description reveals a few story details and some interesting gameplay details, including enemy types, encounters, dialogue and weapons available. Some of the exciting scenes described include “Kratos slashing and stabbing a dragon’s tongue,” and “a character using an axe to hook and tear off an ogre’s jaw.”

This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of half-human, half-god-like Kratos as he battles supernatural forces with his son. From an over-the-shoulder perspective, players travel through the Norse wilderness and use axes, double-chained blades, and swords to battle various enemies (e.g., rival gods/demigods, monsters, dragons, skeleton warriors). Combat is frequent and often bloody, with characters punching and kicking each other repeatedly, using bladed weapons to slash/stab/impale enemies. Larger enemies and bosses are dispatched in more intense sequences of violence: Kratos slashing and stabbing a dragon’s tongue; a character using an axe to hook and tear off an ogre’s jaw. During one sequence, players decapitate (off-screen) an imprisoned character and carry the severed head around; headless corpses also appear in other screens. The words “f**k” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.

God of War releases exclusively for PS4 in 2018. Make sure to check out the latest God of War pictures showcased during PlayStation Experience.