Ryan Wilson

For Once, ESRB Helps Sell a Game

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For those predisposed in believing that the Kinect is just another expensive devices used to peddle minigames, let the Entertainment Software Rating Board convince you otherwise.

Besides its announcement back at the Tokyo Game Show last year, very little details emerged about Sega’s upcoming horror game Rise of Nightmares, but the concept of using the cameras to pull off something creepy was enough to keep me interested. Now, thanks to a premature listing by the ESRB, we have an idea of what to expect.

The ESRB describes Rise of Nightmares as such:

This is a horror-adventure game in which players assume the role of an American tourist who must rescue his wife from a deranged scientist. From a first-person perspective, players use brass knuckles, knives, hatchets, and chainsaws to kill zombie-like creatures and disfigured monsters inside a mansion environment. Combat is highlighted by exaggerated sprays of blood, and damage often results in dismemberment or decapitation—stray body parts sometimes litter the ground. Some sequences and cutscenes depict more intense acts of violence: a man screams loudly as spikes impale his body; a restrained character’s hand is chopped off before he is killed; a character (cut in half) crawls away in a pool of blood; a soldier is ripped apart by a monster, causing blood to stain the screen. During the course of the game, some female creatures are depicted in revealing outfits (e.g., ‘pasties’ that partially cover their breasts); in one sequence, a woman sits on the central character’s chest and engages in suggestive dialogue (e.g., ‘Oh, how I’ve thought of this—night after night. How I’ve missed these lips.’). Dialogue also includes phrases such as ‘Best sex of my life.’/’Worst sex of my life,’ ‘f**k,’ and ‘sh*t.’

Consider me sold.

Rise of Nightmares comes to Xbox 360 as a Kinect exclusive in 2011.

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