Bayonetta slapped with M rating
Quite unsurprisingly, Hideki Kamiya's new action extravaganza Bayonetta (PS3, Xbox 360) has been slapped with a Mature rating by the ESRB. I didn't really expect anything less from a game with a dominatrix as the heroine.
The usual reasons -- violence, suggestive themes and language, and gallons of blood -- were cited. The ESRB was also kind enough to describe some of Bayonetta's "Torture Attack" finishing moves:
Players use hand-to-hand combat, magic attacks, and pistols to kill enemy creatures that often spray blood when hit. Players can also perform an assortment of over-the-top finishing moves referred to in the game as "torture attacks" on the creatures: impalement with an iron maiden; decapitation with a guillotine; dismemberment with a chainsaw; and summoning a demon that bites, then rips characters apart.
As for the suggestive themes and language part, jigglies (which apparently get close-up shots from time to time) were cited, as were strong profanity in the dialogue and the characters' provocative outfits. You can read the full ESRB summary at the Via link. Platinum Games and Sega's Bayonetta is slated for release later this year.