Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence
Other: Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Glynn, a militiaman on a quest to kill an evil dragon. As players traverse through fantastical “open-world” environments, they complete missions and quests that impact the storyline and eventual fate of their character. Players use swords, bows and arrows, and magic attacks (e.g., fireballs, ice blasts) to kill various enemies (e.g., zombies, goblins, human soldiers) in melee-style combat. The frequent combat is accompanied by slashing sounds, cries of pain, and large splashes of blood; attacks sometimes result in dismembered limbs and/or scattered body parts. Some sequences allow players to injure/kill non-adversaries, including unarmed villagers; such acts are penalized by lower “charisma” levels for players' character. Other acts of violence appear in cutscenes: a man strangling a woman in her bedchamber; a character impaling himself. The dialogue sometimes includes innuendo and suggestive material (e.g., “I would never violate His Grace's privacy while he violates milady's privates” and “. . . perhaps you seek . . . a turn in the sheets with His Grace's own wife!”). During the course of the game, players may also encounter female harpies whose breasts are fully exposed at certain camera angles.