ESRB ratings can be a funny thing. Their intention is to inform. Someone has to take matters into their own hands and clue parents into the content they’re exposing their children to. However, sometimes these ESRB reports can be a source of pure comedic genius (remember Fallout: New Vegas’ robot sex?). The latest example of hilarious ESRB reporting comes from Epic Games and People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm. We knew a game with the tagline "kill with skill" would be raunchy and amoral, to put it mildly, but it looks like we’re getting more than we bargained for with this no-bullshit shooter.
"This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a space pirate who must escape a planet populated by mutant cannibals. Players use futuristic machine guns, shotguns, magnum revolvers, assault rifles, and chain guns to perform over-the-top kills that dismember and decapitate foes. Injured enemies emit large sprays of blood that stain the ground and surrounding walls. Specialty kills (i.e., Skillshots) represent the most intense instances of violence: enemies can be dismembered with explosives; impaled on spikes; and drilled into walls, resulting in body parts breaking into pieces.
"During the course of the game, players can consume alcohol and kill enemies in order to receive an Intoxicated Skillshot; the screen turns blurry during these sequences. The dialogue contains numerous jokes and comments that reference sexual acts, venereal diseases, and having sex with one’s mother (e.g., "Guess I know where the ol’ gal got that limp."). The names of some Skillshots are infused with sexual innuendo (e.g., Gag Reflex, Rear Entry, Drilldo, Mile High Club); one Skillshot (i.e., Fire in the Hole) allows players to shoot at enemies’ exposed buttocks. Language such as "f***," "sh**," "p****," and "c***" can be heard in dialogue."
This, we want all of it. Now.
Bulletstorm releases on February 22, 2011, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.