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Saints Row IV

Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Blood, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
Other: Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
In this open-world action game, players assume the role of a criminal character that rises in the ranks to become President. Players traverse a virtual city prison, engage with fantasy alien creatures, and battle enemy gang members along the way. Players use realistic guns, alien weaponry (e.g., black hole gun, disintegrator), and super abilities (e.g., telekinesis and elemental attacks) to several creatures and humans. In a handful of missions, players are tasked with killing police officers and dispensing “mayhem” to complete objectives. Large blood-splatter effects occur during combat; some weapons cause characters to explode into pools of blood. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: characters executed at point-blank range; players shooting or driving over pedestrians. During the course of the game, some female characters are depicted topless, with pasties over their breasts. A handful of sequences depict female pole dancers performing at a strip club. Players can also initiate brief romantic encounters between characters: one scene depicts a robot hovering in front of a male character (fellatio is implied)—there is no depiction of the sex act. A fictional drug (“LOA Dust”) is prominent in the game, and characters can sometimes be seen using the drug to boost powers—the screen distorts to show the effects. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue.