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Gears 5 gets mature rating from ESRB

In an announcement that shouldn’t surprise anyone, Gears 5 has been given a mature rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. To be honest, we would have been shocked if the game had received anything else. Not only has every game in the franchise been given the mature rating but just the footage shown at E3 screamed adults only. As ever, the ESRB do a great job of providing content warning without giving away any major plot details. You can check out the official summary below –

This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of an elite soldier battling an alien threat. Players use machine guns, sniper rifles, pistols, assault rifles, and grenade launchers to kill alien enemies and boss creatures. Combat is frenetic, with frequent explosions, gunfire, cries of pain, and blood-splatter effects. Several weapons cause aliens to explode into chunks of flesh; players can use a chainsaw to slice into aliens’ chests. Some sequences depict creatures performing execution-style finishing moves: tearing soldiers to pieces, cutting their heads off, crushing soldiers’ heads as they lay on the ground. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

During the Xbox E3 briefing, it was announced that Gears 5 will be launching on 10th September. You check out Ben’s reaction to the Gears 5 footage here.

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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