As Expected, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is Rated M by the ESRB

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z has been officially rated by the ESRB and as expected – it’s going to be quite a crazy (and violent) experience. What’s interesting is that the ESRB goes into vivid detail explaining some of Yaiba’s zombie execution moves, as well as some of the other more unscrupulous scenes in the game:

This is an action game in which players assume the role of a cyborg ninja (Yaiba) as he battles zombies and searches for his rival, Ryu. Players use swords and bladed whips to kill dozens of zombies, ninjas, and boss creatures. Players can use zombie body parts as weapons (e.g., using a zombie stomach to spray bile/vomit at enemies) and dismember/decapitate them during the course of battle; large blood- splatter effects often occur. The game includes some sexual material: one scene depicts a 3D silhouette of a woman straddling a man, with accompanying dialogue (e.g., “Let’s just say some parts of your anatomy didn’t need any enhancement.”). Drugs are occasionally mentioned in text (e.g., “…big-timers in the drug trade, coke especially.”). The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.

The content descriptors for the game are: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. The fact that you can use a zombie’s stomach to spew bile/vomit at other zombies is pretty … let’s just say creative. Hopefully this means the game will live up to the brutality seen in the other Ninja Gaiden games.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is set for release on February 28th in Europe and March 4th in North America.

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Brandon Orselli


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