Halo 5: Guardians is headed to Xbox One on October 27th. The game has been submitted to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), and you may be surprised by their response. While each man series entry in the Halo franchise has always been rated M for Mature, Guardians has been rated T for Teen. The description provided by the ESRB mentions realistic explosions, occasional blood-spatter effects, and language as some of the reasons for the rating, but the description is tamer than that of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. You can check them both out and compare below.

Halo 5: Guardians

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a super soldier (Locke) searching for a missing character. Players use pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weapons to kill alien and human enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, and occasional blood-splatter effects. Characters can also use “assassinations” to kill characters by snapping their necks, or by stabbing them with bladed weapons. The word “a*s” appears in the dialogue, as well as occasional taunts/insults (e.g., “I have copulated…with your genetic progenitors!”; ‘Your father was a filthy colo and your mother was a hole in the wall!’).

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

This is a compilation of four Halo games in which players assume the role of Master Chief, a genetically-enhanced soldier from the 26th century. From a first-person perspective, players use pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weapons to kill humans and fantastical enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by screams of pain, realistic gunfire, and large blood-splatter effects. Players can also use stealth moves (i.e., stabbing attacks or throat slashes) to kill characters; one scene depicts human characters crying out as their bodies disintegrate, exposing muscle and bone. Some aliens break part into pieces when hit, and soldiers’ corpses are sometimes depicted amid large pools/streaks of blood.

Source: Games Radar

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