Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has officially been rated by the ESRB, signaling that a release date for the game should be imminent. After reviewing the game, the ESRB gave the game a T rating and said “This is a role-playing game in which players follow the story of fighters involved in a war for independence. Players can explore cities, interact with characters, perform quests, and battle human and fantastical enemies. Combat is turn-based, with players selecting attack moves from a menu which triggers brief animated sequences. Cutscenes also depict instances of violence and blood: a character impaled through the chest with a crystal shard; a character slashed across the face during a swordfight; blood splashes and a bleeding wound on a character’s face. The game contains some suggestive material: scenes referencing a “naughty magazine,” though no images are shown; female characters wearing low-cut or skimpy clothing that reveals large amounts of breasts/cleavage. A handful of scenes depict drunk characters slurring their speech or hiccupping; one sequence allows players’ character to buy alcohol in order to obtain an item—after drinking, a character says, “Whoa…(hic) I’m totally wasted…”). The words “a*s,” “bastard,” and “b*tch” appear in the dialogue.”
While this shouldn’t come as any surprise to those of us who played the original, it will put to rest any questions about the combat system seeing a major overhaul. In addition, a rating from the ESRB is usually one of the final large hurdles that a game has to get through before it can be given an official release date. Keep your eyes open, I’d expect us to see this one out before the holidays.
Source: Twisted Voxel
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