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New ESRB rating definitely, definitely confirms BioShock: The Collection. Makes the series sound horrific

It was rated by a Brazilian ratings board (opens in new tab) back in February, the cover art below was revealed by a Taiwanese ratings board shortly after, and now we've got a definitive rating for BioShock: The Collection from US ratings board, the ESRB (opens in new tab). Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC, the rating states that this is the complete trilogy of lighthouse and man shooters and also manages to make the game's content sound even more disturbing than the first time around.

As well as "shotguns, machine guns, rivet guns, and rocket launchers [used] to kill mutated citizens and enemy soldiers", the listing goes on to breakdown the series into your ability to use "a three-pronged hook to dismember and decapitate them" and "large blood-spatter effects." Add in the "pools of blood" and it's a veritable gorefest. Enjoy the sample below.

"Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: characters shot in the SPOILER at close range; a woman smothered to death with a SPOILER; a man impaled by a SPOILER; a character nearly SPOILER with surgical tools. The social/political backdrop of one fictional city (set in the year 1912) includes the use of derogatory ethnic/racial terms..." We're not saying any of those but you get the idea.

There's no date on there but we must be getting close. Bring me that dismemberment.

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.