The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) rating has been revealed, and it’s what people should expect from the franchise. It once again warrants an M for Mature. There’s mention of stabbing, blowing people up in chunks, and more.
Black Ops Cold War ESRB Rating and Summary:
M (Mature 17+) – Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
This is a first-person shooter, set during the Cold War, in which players explore locations in Europe and Asia while engaging in combat/infiltration missions. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill hostile forces in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, blood-splatter effects, and cries of pain. In addition to ranged combat, players have the ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up, or use them as human shields. Some weapons cause characters to explode into bloody chunks of flesh. A zombie mode also depicts decapitation and dismemberment, as players use bladed weapons and guns to kill hordes of undead soldiers/creatures. In one setting, flyers with the words “peep show” and “XXX” can be seen alongside pictures of women in lingerie; a red-light-district storefront is depicted with a neon sign that reads “XXX.” During one mission, players infiltrate a drug cartel—drug packages and piles of white powder can be seen in a warehouse. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.
We’re set to get our first official look at multiplayer on September 9! In the meantime, go check out the character history and what to expect from the Black Ops Cold War characters here.