Controversy has always blighted the gaming industry. Doomwith its roster of ghastly demons, has been criticized for its violence since the franchise began.
Then there's Mortal Kombat and its grisly Fatalitieswhich didn't go down particularly well with some parties either. Needless to say, these sorts of titles and their violent content tend to be locked behind age ratings, determined by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board in a similar fashion to movies. This highest ranking is given out only in rare, extreme cases; SonyMicrosoftand Nintendo do not allow AO games on their platforms and their sale is heavily restricted.
Updated on March 22,by Reyadh Rahaman: Due to the ESRB branding them with various reasons for being inappropriate, Adult Only games are understandably hard to find, both when they were initially released and even more so today; most have never seen console publishing and never will. There are even a few that were never released at all, having been canceled for being too extreme.
ESRB Description: Blood and gore, intense violence, nudity, strong language, strong content, use of substances. Now, this one was all but inevitable.
This dialed up the already adult content of the game to the limit, and so San Andreas was slapped with the AO rating. Curiously, though, said rating was actually rescinded later.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released on October 26,and is available on the following consoles:. Over the course of this list, we'll take a look at a lot of games that make it obvious why the ESRB gave them the rating they did.
Peak Entertainment Casinos deals with adult content of a very different kind gamblingwhich makes it the only AO title to be entirely devoid of violence or nudity. Nevertheless, the team was pleased to receive the rating. Our goal is to show lawmakers and parents that we share their concerns about underage gambling, and that we are taking the necessary steps to curb it.
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This particular title is a world apart from the visceral shooting action players are familiar with from that franchise, though. Things get a little too graphic later on, though, which led to the game being hit with the AO sticker and removed from Steam Greenlight. ESRB Description: Blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, strong content, use of substances.
As many gamers will know, Manhunt 2 is one of the most controversial video games in history.
It was created by Rockstar no strangers to this sort of notoriety, as the creators of Grand Theft Autoa stealth game that reveled in its astonishingly gory and brutal content. It was the uncut PC release that pulled no punches and was condemned. The player has to care for their little human charges, keep them fed, and so on. The primary difference is that WooHoo as The Sims euphemistically puts it is one of the key goals here.
Singles: Flirt Up Your Life was released in and is available on the following console:. The Leisure Suit Larry series has developed quite a reputation for itself.
Gamers of a certain age will remember these tongue-in-cheek titles, which present adult content in a comedic sort of way. Much like Manhunt 2the game was initially given an AO rating, before being amended to Mature after certain adult scenes were cut or censored. An uncut version was also released just the same, however. Critical Point just sounds like an intriguing sci-fi movie; unassuming enough, right?
This title is indeed a sci-fi adventure; a visual novel in which a male officer must solve a mysterious case on a Moon base populated only by women. Playboy: The Mansion is a title not unlike the many, many business sims that have been released before or since.
Needless to say, though, the subject matter landed this particular sim with a Mature rating. The first game to be given an AO rating for violent content, Thrill Killultimately never saw release at all as a result of its notoriety.
Thrill Kill promised four players could hop in simultaneously, but bad press ultimately led to the title being canceled. For an idea of how the experience may have been, imagine Super Smash Bros. Thrill Kill was almost released in and would have been available on the following consoles and maybe more :. By Chris Littlechild Published Jun 15, Share Share Tweet 0.
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