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Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 is Rated by the ESRB, No Rape is Mentioned

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 came under fire a little while ago when a so called journalist with an agenda took to her podium to say that a scene in the game made her feel that it alluded to scenes of rape from a 2006 game all about rape titled Rapelay.

I hate to burst her bubble, but the ESRB rated the title with a fine comb (as per their standards) and it seems like … yep, there’s no rape in this game. Violence? Yes, lots. Nudity? Yes. Rape? No. Read the official description below:

“This is an action-adventure game in which players control the vampire Dracula as he battles Satan and his minions. As players travel through time, they use a bladed whip and swords to kill human and fantasy creatures (e.g., vampires, demons, ghouls). Several enemies use machine guns against players during combat. In some sequences, players can stab creatures repeatedly, cutting off limbs or tearing enemies apart. Intense instances of violence include depictions of a demon cutting off a man’s face; ghouls eating pieces of flesh; a character getting a stake driven into her head. During the course of the game, some female creatures (e.g., demons) appear topless with jiggling breasts. The word “sh*t” appears in the dialogue.”

The official descriptors for the game fail to mention anything sexual as well:

Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Nudity

So while the game is definitely rated M for mature, and it definitely has lots of violence, blood, gore, and naked monster women, it won’t have you forcing your vampire self onto helpless women (or men), at least not literally. You can imagine all you want, but sometimes people find things that just aren’t there.

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Brandon Orselli

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