Players can get high in GTAV, says ESRB

American ratings group listing shows players will experience nudity-free sexual encounters, drunk driving, and smoking pot.

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Grand Theft Auto V's listing on the Entertainment Software Rating Board has revealed some of the various misdemeanors players will experience in the game, including nudity-free sexual encounters with a prostitute, drunk driving, and smoking pot.

Spotted on Kotaku, the American ratings group has collated an extensive list (with some mild spoilers) of the open-world game's encounters with sex, violence, and drug use.

"Players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill various enemies (e.g., rival gang members); players also have the ability to shoot non-adversary civilians, though this may negatively affect players' progress as a penalty system triggers a broad police search. Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment."

"In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts).

"The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player's character procures from a prostitute--while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard. Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context."

"Within the game, TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and feces on a worker's body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted)."

"Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted."

Finally, "players' character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence" and "the words 'f**k,' 'c*nt,' and 'n**ger' can be heard in the dialogue."

Grand Theft Auto V will launch for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17. Grand Theft Auto Online will follow on October 1.

Discussion

827 comments
OmgRisky
OmgRisky

I just don't get it.. they won't let mature people  see tits yet they let us massacre a whole city and use drugs even tho the game is rated 18+.... 

hypercous
hypercous

Guys I cant get , at the online mode i can be seen at mini-map radar? thats kinda suck

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

I'm in Australia so suddenly I'm worried that we'll get a censored version without being told we are, like what happened with TLoU.

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

"includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context....ha ha. . . isn't that the same thing george michael said?

brittlecheese
brittlecheese

doesn't matter what they put in this game, there will still be a bunch of 8 year olds waiting with their mommies at the midnight launch.

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

so this game is identical to the real world then......

jprussell
jprussell

I have no problem with any of this. I find it dangerous that we have people in our society who have a problem with drugs or nudity in a fictional M rated game. They quickly pass judgment on others. Dogmatic black-and-white thinking and callous judgment is reprehensible. It really just goes to show how some people in our society are completely manipulated by media propaganda. This is far more dangerous than anything one can find in a fiction video game. Ignorance is a blight on our society.

moovimn67
moovimn67

What is so wrong with having nudity in a mature rated game????? Intense violence and mayhem, but we can't show any skin...taboooooo? Even though it mentions nudity in a lapdance scene, I'll bet they still have pasties or tassles!!! Rockstar needs to take the gloves off and just put it out there.

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

It's just another illegal activity that is glorified in video games. Big deal.

tightwad34
tightwad34

You can get high in some other games,and not just with weed, and you could get drunk in GTAIV and you got offered some coke but turned it down, even without all that this should come as no surprise. If they want to make it really realistic they'll make you much less impaired than if you were drunk, or impaired in a different way but more able to maintain.

KitschKat
KitschKat

For a split second I misread that as the game itself made you high bahaha
Hmm. Another Rockstar game, another controversy. Yawn :P

apolloooo
apolloooo

i hope when high you really is seeing things.

IronyisBliss
IronyisBliss

Looks like this is going to be: Sick, depraved, and everything that makes Grand Theft Auto fantastic. ;)

Ibra8
Ibra8

I can't wait to get high GTA style

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

Typical of my countries idioticy. It is okay to get stoned, it is okay to get wasted behind the wheel, it is okay to steal as much as you want, and it is okay to get a gun and start a massicre, BUT it is NOT okay to show your birthday suits during those "so called" sex scenes. BAH!

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I have to think about getting rid of my preorder for the game which I got at $39.99 cuz well my son was mentioning he was excited for NHL 14 coming out and to see how excited he was about that and then seeing this game would have me doing drugs eh I think I can wait to play this game and make sure my son gets his game first. Sorry but this part of the game .. "Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted." .. has me not caring about this game any longer.  It is one thing to show my character or other characters doing stuff but it is another thing to have me doing this and controlling this in the game. I want no part of doing drugs in game or out of game.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@flammable_zeus I think it already passed an uncut R18 rating in Australia (I might be wrong). Keep in mind as long as drug use is not a *beneficial* thing in the game, it will likely be allowed under Australia's new R18 rating. The reason why game drug use caused problems in Australia with rating both Saints Row 4 and State of Decay were because drugs in those games "empowered" the characters in some way (healing, buffs etc).

EDIT: here's a link http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/01/grand-theft-auto-v-rated-r18-in-australia

moovimn67
moovimn67

@Captcrappypants So we get male nudity once again, but we can't see nude females without blurs or pasties?????????? WTF?????? Rockstar seem to swing a certain direction me thinks.

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

PC mod community will have so much fun with this game :D

vivalatour
vivalatour

@moovimn67 nothing is wrong with it , other than the fact some parents don't want their kids to grow up and be like them !

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@4le_breVVer How is it glorified? You can drive cars and eat burgers too. Are those activities being glorified?

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@apolloooo I just hope being drunk isn't as ridiculous as in GTA IV where you lose almost all control of the character and their driving. It'd be better if it was gradual (the more you drink/smoke the more intoxicated you get.)

rogue_45
rogue_45

@DeViLzzz You might want to download the NHL 14 demo that's now available before you cancel your pre-order. 

mikees1
mikees1

@DeViLzzz  Its a game about........crime! Seriously, what did you expect? murder, theft and kidnapp are all ok but whoa, dont get me taking virtual drugs, i might get adicted!

Get in contact with rockstar, im sure they might reprogram the game so youu can pick flowers and tree hug lol.

j1965
j1965

Good for you dude

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@hadlee73 That's what happened with The Last of Us, but we were told later that the version submitted to the classification board was already censored. They didn't even attempt to get the uncut version rated here and that's what I'm worried about happening with GTAV. If Naughty Dog (a company I've held to a high standard for many years) can be dishonest about such a thing then Rockstar can. 

I'm not saying that it's definitely the case and I hope my worries are unfounded.

moovimn67
moovimn67

@vivalatour @moovimn67 They don't want kids that see people naked? Just this week, three worthless teens gunned down a 22-year old Australian kid in Oklahoma because they were bored. Were they frustrated by have to wait til mid-Sept for GTA V?

4le_breVVer
4le_breVVer

@flammable_zeus @4le_breVVer Well by simply including a certain activity, in this case smoking drugs, into a video game made for entertainment purposes, the creator is glorifying it's use. The same way CoD and almost every other vg features violence is in some way  glorifying it. Not a concept difficult to grasp, I thought. 

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@rogue_45 My son will play it no matter what.  It is not for me.  I just like having more money available for other things now that GTA V is no longer on my to buy list.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@mikees1 There are some things I just won't tolerate from a game and I drew the line at that.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Lil_Burrit0 I would rather not have whether or not I choose to do drugs using a controller change the story so I will just not play the game for now.

... and heck it saves me $$$ so who cares

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@hadlee73 Ah I see now. Thanks for the link. Hopefully when they say original they mean original uncut game and not just original copy submitted for classification. I've been screwed by ambiguity in the past.

I'm certainly less worried now though.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@flammable_zeus @hadlee73 That's why I posted the link above, which shows GTA V as a confirmed version of the original, not a censored version submitted for approval. I can understand your concern though. Even though I didn't have a problem with what happened with The Last of Us (as it was still a really nasty game) it was still pretty dodgy how they handled the censorship without letting people know beforehand. Reminded me also of the original Resident Evil for PS One. Many never knew it was heavily cut compared to the Japanese version.

vivalatour
vivalatour

@moovimn67 @vivalatour kind of like when my ins. rates go up and I ask why and they said because of the high volume of accidents ? Dammit I should have to pay for others misfortunes , somebody has to take the rap !

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

@4le_breVVer Do you believe video games are "glorifying" every single concept or feature they include in a game?

Do video games glorify walking when you have the ability to walk around?

Do video games glorify sitting by showing someone chilling on a couch?

Do video games glorify car maintenance when a character works at a garage?

netter99
netter99

@FKlepackiFTW yah if i had a son under the age of 14 I probly would not want him playing this game or aeeing me play it. Once he sees me play it then he might think I approve of it. BTW im 17. But I will be getting this game its my favorite series of games and always will be. 

FKlepackiFTW
FKlepackiFTW

If you have a son and are responsible you gotta reconsider some stuff bro.

IronyisBliss
IronyisBliss

@DeViLzzz Having the mere ability to take FICTIONAL drugs: Is your reason for not buying something that you must have known was going to be raunchy in the first place, to logically convince you to Pre-Order?  You're either trolling, or thick.