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ESRB Rates Dark Souls 2 T for Teen
Filed under: DARK SOULS 2

Here's a bit of a head scratcher. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) has rated Dark Souls 2 as "T for Teen." Straight from the ESRB's website, they describe "T for Teen" as the following:

Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.

The first Dark Souls was given an "M for Mature" rating, and all of the trailers have suggested that the sequel will be every bit as violent as the first game. Really curious what made the ratings board see one game as violent enough for Mature and then not quite violent enough.

Bring on the parents who research nothing and buy this one for their young kids anyway.

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optimus slime Feb 10 2014, 09:07 am EST
There wasn't much visual brutality, as in too much blood and gore, in the original as far as I can remember. It was the grotesque art style which made it seem so 'mature'. Maybe there's not much of that in the game anymore. Either way, ESRB sucks dried up ball sacks.
im_stardust Feb 10 2014, 09:41 am EST
I honestly don't get this game. I tried the first, and it was probably one the few RPG I couldn't get into. What's they hype about? Why do people like this?
  CJ_Parker: cuz it's supposed to be "teh h4rd" and it makes their…
optimus slime Feb 10 2014, 02:46 pm EST
I tried it on Xbox first and got bored pretty quick since I played through the same parts over and over again and I didn't really see the point.
Tried it again on PC, gave up because of the horrible port.

Then I tried again on PC but this time with a PS3 controller and some graphics mods. Also, I read some tips on how to play and rummaged through the lore so I could 'get into it'. I found it pretty compelling and fresh compared to the same stale RPG setting we've been bombarded with (read: BioWare). The lore is pretty good, it's just not that obvious while you play.

And after you get used to the mechanics, it's really not that difficult. You just need to learn to have some patience, since we've been used to not having any of that lately.
Towards the end it even became maybe a little too easy for me, compared to the initial learning curve. Kinda got bored again, but in a different way of course.
Barzenak42 Feb 10 2014, 04:24 pm EST
I loved Demons Souls so Dark was something I had to get. At first I was not thrilled with the changes and put it down. Came back to it on the pc with the graphic mod and put time into it. Ran through it twice and really loved it. I recently ran back through Demons Souls again and I might do another DS run before DS2 comes out.
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