The Entertainment Software Rating Board has revealed its rating summary for Yakuza 0. The open-world action game ended up with a Mature rating, the same as the previous installments of the series. It got tagged for having blood, intense violence, sexual content, strong language and use of alcohol. You can take a look at the complete rating description for Yakuza 0 below:
This is an open-world action game in which players assume the roles of Japanese gangsters involved in the Yakuza underworld. As players explore various districts and follow the storyline, they engage in missions that often involve fistfights with thugs or rival gang members; characters can also use weapons such as bats during frenetic combat sequences. Players can perform scripted moves after building enough meter; these Heat Actions depict characters breaking necks, slamming heads into walls, and shoving bats inside enemies’ mouths. Violence is often accompanied by gunfire, impact sounds, screams of pain, and blood-splatter effects. Cutscenes depict intense acts of violence: characters shot in the head; a bound man tortured with a sledgehammer; a character impaled by spikes.
The game contains some sexual content: men groping women’s breasts in a night club; a man guiding a woman’s hand over his crotch. Players can also opt to visit parlors where they can flirt with women over the phone: close-up images of a bikini-clad woman are shown in the background.
During the course of the game, players can order and drink whiskey at a bar—a status icon indicates drunkenness. Another sequence allows players’ character to engage in a game of darts after consuming alcohol, as the screen blurs and shakes during play. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.
Sega will be releasing Yakuza 0 on January 24th in 2017. If you are interested, you can preorder the physical version of the latest Yakuza title with this link on Amazon.