Grand Theft Auto 5

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Grand Theft Auto 5 was never going to be suitable for kids, and now the game's ESRB rating has revealed why.

Broadly speaking the game is said to feature "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol".

The ESRB does, however, go into much more detail, some of which could be seen as mild spoilers.

"Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment," explains the game's rating summary. "In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts)."

The summary adds: "The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player's character procures from a prostitute - while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard.

"Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context."

Then there's use of drugs, alcohol and some bad language.

"Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted.

"Players' character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence.

"The words “f**k,” “c*nt,” and “n**ger” can be heard in the dialogue."

Even the in-game TV gets in on the act, with programs and radio ads containing "instances of mature humor: myriad sex jokes; depictions of raw sewage and feces on a worker's body; a brief instance of necrophilia (no nudity is depicted)."

GTA 5 will be released September 17 for Xbox 360 and PS3. GTA Online will follow on October 1.

Even the Yoga in GTA 5 appears to be rated for adults only.

If that's not exciting enough for you, check out the leaked GTA 5 Achievements.

Source: ESRB via Kotaku

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Ecosse's Avatar

Ecosse@ Vic2Point0

You don't HAVE to do anything.

At that point in the game, you made the choice to play on. You could have easily have switched it off.
Posted 14:55 on 15 January 2014
Vic2Point0's Avatar


There's more than just "moaning" in the scenes with prostitutes; that needs to be fixed. The voiceovers are overly explicit. They say things like "*** on my face", for example.

Another thing you should've noted is that the strippers come with a sort of mini-game where you can grope them and if you do it "correctly" (without the bouncer seeing, that is), they will agree to have sex with you (which is not shown). Or, they will have another stripper join them and the two will rub eachother's breasts, etc.

Finally, you didn't mention the torture mission. There is one mission where you have to (HAVE to) torture an innocent person by doing things like slowly pulling their teeth out with pliers while they cry. This is not a cutscene, but an interactive experience that cannot be skipped as it is one of the story missions.
Posted 14:20 on 15 January 2014
The_Rockstar_Fan_14's Avatar


I started playing SA at 5 then fell in love with GTA. dismemberment? im young, but love violent games. come on, those others are just nothing. This is Grand Theft Auto. Cant wait!
Posted 14:58 on 24 August 2013
gavinwhite88's Avatar


omg ive beem waiting 6 mounths for this game and didnt expect all this to be in a GRAND THEFT AUTO game. thats realy put me off getting it now. NOT . SEPTEMBER 17TH HURRY UP.
Posted 12:34 on 22 August 2013
Livenator's Avatar


So do we need Hot Coffee for these acts?
Posted 15:52 on 21 August 2013
timidmeow's Avatar


So it's basically gonna be... a GTA game! Fabulous!
Posted 14:55 on 21 August 2013
Bloodstorm's Avatar


"Well isn't that cheery lol how did this pass in Australia again!"

Since they upped the age ratings and 18s are allowed, maybe it just BARELY passed.

I for one cant wait.
Posted 14:40 on 21 August 2013
Batmamerc's Avatar


Well isn't that cheery lol how did this pass in Australia again!
Posted 13:00 on 21 August 2013
munkee's Avatar


Sex, violence and swear words.. Whooooo yeah!!! :D
Posted 11:59 on 21 August 2013
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Posted 10:18 on 21 August 2013

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 18/11/2014
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 5
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