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ESRB explains its Teen rating for Rune Factory 4 Special

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has revealed its summary for Rune Factory 4 Special. The role-playing game ended up with a Teen rating due to contents categorized as Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Use of Alcohol. You can find the full ESRB description for Rune Factory 4 Special below:

  • This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a hero charged with running the fictional country of Selphia. From a top-down perspective, players interact with characters, complete activities (e.g., farming, fishing, cooking), and engage in real-time battles against fantasy creatures (e.g., ghosts, dragons, flying fish). Player use swords, axes, and magic attacks to defeat enemies; combat is accompanied by impact sound effects and screen-shaking effects.
  • Characters occasionally engage in suggestive dialogue: “I heard you calling the name of another man in your sleep last night”; “I had quite the exciting dream last night…you in my dreams was…thrillingly bold”; “I don’t want to be doing any infidelity investigations on you two”; “Welcome, newlywed. Looking for a whip to use on your spouse?”
  • Players can craft a variety of items, including grape liqueur and wine; when players consume the grape-liqueur item, their character briefly falls asleep. The words “bastard” and “dumba*s” appear in the dialogue.


If you are interested, you can pre-order Rune Factory 4 Special for the Nintendo Switch with this link from Amazon.

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