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.


Grand Theft Auto V

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.

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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.

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