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Gasp! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a ‘Mature’ game

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is certainly getting some pretty good buzz right now. Not only is the game looking better than ever, but the singleplayer campaign also makes a return and reports are that it’s a doozy. Developer Infinity Ward also seems to be using the beta properly with tweaks being made on the fly to address gamers complaints. Xbox One owners get to join in beta next weekend. Well, in a move that should shock no one, the ESRB has given their verdict on the game and given it an ‘M for Mature rating’. It gave this rating for “blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, suggestive themes, and use of drugs”. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise as every game in the series has been given this rating.

You can check out the full rating summary below along with a trailer for the game –

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the roles of special forces soldiers and freedom fighters as they battle terrorists. Players can engage in a variety of combat missions, such as saving hostages, escaping/infiltrating war zones, and assaulting enemy compounds. Characters use machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill enemies in frenetic combat. In some situations, players must quickly determine which characters are terrorists and which are just innocent bystanders. Combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large blood-splatter effects. A sniper rifle causes increased damage (e.g., decapitation, dismemberment). Some sequences prompt players to make choices that influence enemy behavior: using a pistol to threaten a suspect’s family during an interrogation; timing actions to prevent terrorists from shooting hostages (failure scenarios may occur). One sequence depicts players’ character interrogated/tortured via waterboarding; if players select certain dialogue options, then a bound prisoner is seen executed. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a hostage killed by an explosive vest; civilians (including children) killed by a gas attack. Some scenes depict terrorists threatening and, in rare instances, attacking or shooting young characters (e.g., a boy held hostage; young siblings attacked in their home—players can control their ability to fight back). The game includes multiplayer badges that depict illustrations of marijuana leaves and smoking; other illustrations depict close-up angles of partially exposed cleavage and buttocks. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is scheduled to launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 25th October.


Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at Xbox Enthusiast as well as a contributor for Nintendo Enthusiast and PlayStation Enthusiast. Steve is a musician and gamer who loves sharing his passion for each. You will normally find him at the front of the grid in racing games or on the other end of the kill cam when you've just been killed in a first-person shooter.

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