The ESRB pointed its finger at sexual content when it placed a Mature rating on “Assassin’s Creed 2,” and the spoiler-laden explanation they gave goes into even further detail. The new sequel has apparently bolstered its content with “sexual overtones” and at least one “seduction mini-game.”
“The game contains strong sexual overtones,” according to the ESRB. “During one ’seduction mini-game,’ players are able to press buttons to kiss a woman and remove her dress; with the woman’s back facing the camera, the two characters lower to bed and blow out a candle.”
Though no one appears to be getting naked in “AC2,” the game does get called out for it’s profanity and explicit script.
“Some scenes take place inside brothels, though no nudity or sexual acts are depicted,” the report states. “The dialogue contains the following sexual references: ’So the whip or the paddle today?’ and ’Does your wife know about your page-boy fantasies, Captain?'”
Character backstories also contain references to “adultery, sodomy, prostitution, and rape,” which together with the aforementioned details firmly placed the title in the Ratings Board’s Mature bracket.
So don’t go into “AC2” expecting explicit visual titillation, but it sounds like the script and story have sufficient subject matter to warrant an M on the box, which, it should be noted, was exactly what the first “Assassin’s Creed” received as well.
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