Spider-Man PS4 Rated “Teen” For Depictions Of Violence, Drugs, And Suicide
PlayStation 4 is getting a Marvel-ous new adventure starring the red and blue web-head Spider-Man, and developer Insomniac Games has built a fair amount of anticipation for the incoming title. It’s no surprise why, as the game touts oodles of Spidey story, fluid web-slinging gameplay, and crisp character designs. However, with this notable adherence to bright comic book sensibilities, Spider-Man PS4 looks to also feature darker situations than one might expect, a fact made evident in the game’s ESRB rating.
Ultimately landing on a “Teen” rating, the ESRB‘s description of abundant violence and gunfire is to be expected, as Spidey is well-known for beating up firearm-wielding criminals. What’s sticks out in Spider-Man PS4, however, is the presence of heavier subject matter, such as an ominous depiction of suicide and the appearance of “designer narcotics.” Check out the description below.
This is an action game in which players assume the role of Peter Parker/Spider Man in a fictional version of New York City. From a third-person perspective, players fight crime, swing around buildings, and engage in melee combat with various thugs. Characters mostly punch, kick, and throw each other during fights; some enemy characters also use pistols and machine guns. Combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, impact sounds, and occasional slow-motion sequences. One cutscene depicts a character in the background shooting himself in the head; another cutscene depicts a mugger shooting an innocent character (just out of frame). Some missions/plotlines involve drug deals and “designer narcotics”; one scene briefly shows a duffel bag full of white packages of the drug. The word “sh*t” appears in the dialogue.”
While mature themes aren’t unheard of Spider-Man stories, they do paint a slightly different picture about what we can expect in the upcoming game. That being said, it doesn’t seem that much worse than what we’ve seen in other modern action games. Of course, we’ll only know how far Spider-Man goes when the game becomes available for PlayStation 4 on September 7th.
What do you think? Are you excited for Spider-Man PS4 despite the heavy content, or should something like this call for a more “Mature” rating? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more from the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more from the realm of Marvel, check out these next few news stories:
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