Uncharted 4 Teen Rating Explained by ESRB

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will continue the series’s tradition of remaining at a “T” content rating via the ESRB. From its first game, Drake’s Fortune to this most recent one, Uncharted 4 Teen Rating will be placed on it in response to the violence involved in the game.

This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Nathan Drake as he searches for a long-lost treasure. As players explore ancient ruins, they use pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenades to kill enemy thugs, soldiers, and mercenaries. Players can also use stealth takedowns and melee attacks (e.g., choking, neck snapping, fist fighting) to incapacitate enemies. Firefights are highlighted by realistic gunfire, large explosions, and blood-splatter effects. A handful of sequences depict characters getting stabbed or beaten with clubs. During the course of the game, characters can be seen smoking cigarettes or cigars; a handful of scenes depict characters drinking bottles of beer or glasses of scotch. The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.

These are all fairly understandable reasons for Uncharted 4 Teen rating. If there were any signs of things being hot and heavy between Nathan and any female characters it might be bumped up to M.

The ESRB has also given an explanation for the upcoming Hitman game’s M rating, in response to Uncharted 4 Teen rating. Some excerpts from the rating give way to gunplay, brutal violence, large pools of blood, having the ability to kill non-enemy characters, violence against women and seeing them exposed, and the game’s foul and suggestive language (involving numerous curse words and suggestions that guys get laid).

If anything, the Uncharted series seems to be gaming’s answer to the Indiana Jones movie series; treasure hunters dealing with mercenaries or bad guys wanting treasure for nefarious purposes, though I doubt you’d catch Drake ever shouting “It belongs in a museum!”

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases on April 26, after first being teased for a March release.