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ESRB explains its Teen rating for Shenmue III

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has revealed its summary for Shenmue III. The long awaited sequel ended up with a Teen rating due to contents categorized as Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco as well as Violence. You can find the full ESRB description below:

This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of a teenage jujitsu artist (Ryo Hazuki) as attempts to find his father’s killer. As players traverse fictional Chinese villages and towns, they interact with characters and engage in barehanded street fighting against enemy thugs and gang members. Players use punches, kicks, and throws to defeat enemies; fights are accompanied by impact sounds and cries of pain.


Some female characters wear outfits with low cut tops that reveal large amounts of cleavage; dialogue and text also reference suggestive material (e.g., “I pray my hubby gains some pep to his step…in bed”; “Whoa, check out the pair on that one”; “The scumbags trying to extort money from any shop owner with boobs.”). As players progress through the game, they can wager in-game currency on dice games, animal races, and roulette-style games. Several characters can be seen smoking cigarettes and drinking from beer bottles and jugs of wine. The word “a*s,” “b*tch,” and “pr*ck” are heard in the game.

Shenmue III is releasing on Nov. 19, 2019, in the U.S. region. If you are interested, you can pre-order the physical version of the game for the PlayStation 4 with this link on Amazon.