The detailed ESRB rating for Mass Effect 2 has revealed that the game will be packed with loads of drugs, violence, alien pole dancers and big Krogan sex!
The ESRB rating for Mass Effect 2 doesn't say anything particularly surprising. In fact, aside from a few minor details, it could just as well be describing the original Mass Effect. Still, it's comforting in a way to know that fans of weird yet tastefully depicted inter-species sex will still come away satisfied.
The violence, which includes "run-and-gun" action, pools of blood, melee attacks and "dramatic interrogations in which human characters are threatened, punched, kicked, and shot in the leg," is nothing we haven't seen before. The descriptors of the game's sexual content, on the other hand, are a bit more entertaining.
"Krogan sexual deviants enjoy Salarian flexibility," an unnamed character says at some point in the game, an observation which will no doubt lead to interesting further conversation. Another suggests, "If this is just about sex, maybe you should just f**king say so." Players can, as usual, have "romantic encounters" with their companions, human or alien, and while the big finish sounds like it will be almost identical to that of the first game, it's still hilarious to see it spelled out in horribly awkward text.
"[Romantic encounters] involve watching a guided cutscene in which two characters flirt, kiss, and/or embrace: Clothed alien/human characters may prop a partner on top of a space console, clear away the clutter from a bed-slab, unzip a future-blouse, or just talk it out," the rating says. "Though an alien/human may gyrate her hips while on top (fleeting - one-to-two seconds), actual sex is never depicted - the camera cuts away to space furniture and ceilings."
Future-blouses, space furniture and "just talking it out." The mind boggles. Mass Effect 2 is scheduled for release on January 26 on the PC and Xbox 360, and for the record is rated M.