RATING INFORMATION  

The Last of Us

Platform: PlayStation 3

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Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

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Rating Summary: This is an action game in which players assume the role of Joel and Ellie, human survivors battling their way through a post-apocalyptic world. From a third-person perspective, players traverse through city ruins and use a variety of weapons (e.g., pistols, rifles, explosives, spiked bats, steel pipes, and blades) and melee attacks to fight off infected mutants and other human survivors. Players can also employ stealth kills (e.g., strangulations, pistol executions, stabbing attacks) and engage in extended combat sequences involving close-up camera angles and on-screen prompts. Screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and blood-splatter effects accompany the combat. Several attacks result in decapitations and dismemberment; body parts are depicted in some areas (e.g., chopping blocks). Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a young character dying in a man's arms from gunshot wounds; adult characters being executed at point-blank range; an enemy getting interrogated and stabbed in the knee. During the course of the game, a character makes sexual remarks about an adult magazine (e.g., 'Whoa. How the hell would he even walk around with that thing' and 'Oh why are these [pages] all stuck together'). The words 'f**k,' 'sh*t,' and 'a*shole' can be heard in the dialogue.