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God of War Ascension
PlayStation 3
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content
Other: Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB (PlayStation 3)
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a Spartan warrior battling an assortment of fantasy creatures. Players use double-chained blades, swords, hammers, and other weapons to hack and slash at enemies (e.g., zombie-like soldiers, snake creatures, giant insect-statues, monsters from Greek mythology). Combat is frenetic, and blood-splatter effects occur frequently; violent depictions include characters getting stabbed, ripped apart, and sliced in half. Some attacks result in enemies' entrails spilling out. During boss battles, players engage in close-up, extended combat, which is completed by a sequence of prompted button presses; these scenes also include depictions of decapitation and dismemberment. The game includes some suggestive/sexual material: female enemies are sometimes depicted topless; one sequence depicts topless women caressing each other, while addressing the central character (e.g., “Glory to Eros, he has given us a champion. . .come champion, show me your strength”).