No more than 30 games all over the world have been given the super rare Adults Only rating. Here are some popular games you never knew had the Adults Only rating because they were too disturbing for our tastes.
The Outlast games are know for one thing and one thing only – horror of legendary proportions. Jump scares and gore are the name of the game in Outlast. They may just be the greatest survival horror games ever made. IGN termed Outlast 2 as nothing but a “ritualist orgy”. Their words, not ours!! There was so much violence, sexual gore, and bloodshed that there could not have been anything but an Adults Only rating for Outlast 2. An M rated version was released later that abided by the ESRB rules. And then in 2018, the studio released an uncut PC version that had all the Adults Only rating edited out scenes re-added. And that was a slaughter-fest.
Friday The 13th: The Game
The game was an ode to the legendary Friday The 13th franchise of movies. It allowed the players to either play as Jason or a group of camp counsellors. The premise was similar to Dead By Daylight. You have to survive Jason while he comes for your head, quite literally. The game’s developers wanted it to respect the brutal methods of killing Jason employs in the movies. But the gaming certification board did not like the way it was going. When the movie was slapped with an Adults Only rating, an ensuing twitter war roped the board into a barrage of controversies.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The content of the game was already bordering on the dreadful Adults only rating. But it took a certain piece of content by the name of Hot Coffee to really push the gaming certification board. San Andreas was quickly slapped with the Adults Only rating because of several such instances including Hot Coffee. Rockstar knew they had screwed up. So they asked the game developers to work day and night and remove every piece of content related to Hot Coffee. In the end, the board rescinded and gave the game a ‘Mature’ rating. Had it not been for Rockstar’s quick thinking, this game would have never achieved the legendary status it enjoys today.
This is one of the most controversial games ever made. Manhunt had already become infamous for its rich, graphic, and violent content. Manhunt 2 took things up a notch. The game series is based on the stealth based urban horror genre. Manhunt 2 upped the ante with more violence and bloodshed than you could ever imagine. Another Rockstar production (well no surprises there), Manhunt 2’s Adults Only rating was too low if you ask us. It deserved something much higher, if there ever was a category. The astonishingly dark and gritty game reveled a=in macabre violence of epic proportions. many elements were edited out to give it a mature rating. But the PC uncut version still has an Adults Only rating.
This 2018 game is hell, like quite literally hell. The game is based on the survival horror genre. The player is transported to a hellish dimension where he has to survive against all odds. There is an umpteen amount of shock value for the fans. Agony has so much blood and gore that even the strongest of hearts would find it uneasy to play the game. There are instances where the player has to rip the heart out of an un-dead zombie or walk through a tunnel made out of human skin. The game, which was rumored to be frighteningly bizarre, was a bomb when it was released. The game had a very unengaging story arc and players found it extremely dull to be taken seriously.