The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has released it’s ratings for Dragon Ball Z HD Collection and Dragon Ball Z Kinect. Their rating is nothing short of obvious, both games will be rated T for Teen. Along with the rating, ESRB provides a short description summary as justification.
Dragon Ball Z Kinect
Content descriptors: Blood, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
Rating summary: This is a fighting game in which players engage in one-on-one battles against characters from the Dragon Ball Z universe. Players frequently punch, kick, and use special attacks (e.g., fireballs, colorful energy bursts) to drain opponents’ health. Impact sounds and loud cries of pain can be heard during each battle. Cutscenes also depict violence (e.g., a planet’s inhabitants getting dissolved into an energy ball; bloodied characters lying dead on the ground; warriors bruised and bloody from battle). The word “hell” can be heard in the dialogue.
Dragon Ball Z HD Collection
Content descriptors: Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Mild Blood, Use of Tobacco
Rating summary: This is a fighting game in which players engage in one-on-one battles against characters from the Dragon Ball Z universe. Players frequently punch, kick, and use special attacks (e.g., fireballs, colorful energy bursts) to drain opponents’ health. Impact sounds and loud cries of pain can be heard during each battle. Animated cutscenes also contain violent acts, including the depiction of a character chopping a giant creature’s tail. A handful of sequences portray wounded fighters with bruises, cuts, and blood stains on their bodies. One male character’s outfit becomes tattered during combat, exposing part of his buttocks in the process; and a pre-battle sequence also includes instances of crude humor (e.g., “I’m . . . suddenly gettin’ a pain in my gut. Ohh gotta hang . . . on . . . oh” and “Defeat Vegeta within the time limit to make it to the bathroom!”). One arena mode depicts a man smoking from a pipe on its menu screen.
Dragon Ball Z Kinect (officially known as Dragon Ball Z for Kinect) is in development by Spike Chunsoft. It will feature over 50 playable characters and put players in a first person scenario as they act like the heroes and villains they love from the Dragon Ball Z series thanks to Microsoft’s Kinect. The game will be published in North America and Europe by Namco Bandai Games October 5th, 2012 in Europe and October 9th, 2012 in North America for the Microsoft Xbox 360.
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection is a two game compilation consisting of Dragon Ball Z Budokai 1 and Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3. Both games will feature remastered, high-definition graphics along with trophy and achievement support. Dragon Ball Z HD Collection is set to release in Europe on November 2nd, 2012 and North America on November 6th, 2012 for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360.