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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Receives ‘Teen’ Rating From ESRB

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A rating from the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has recently been published online, offering a look into some of the content of the game.

Today, Twitter user bleader750 tweeted a link to the published rating page from the ESRB website. The ESRB is an American organization that assigns age and content ratings to video games.

The Windows release has received a “T” (for “Teen”) rating from the board, which cites mild blood, mild language, violence, and interaction with other users.

The rating summary provides a deeper dive into the style of gameplay and content that earned the title this rating. Here is an excerpt:

“Players can zoom in on military units, while they use swords, bows, and cannons to eliminate enemy forces and structures; battles are accompanied by weapon clashes, cries of pain, and explosions. Some battlefields depict impaled soldiers on spikes, and a handful of cutscenes depict images of soldiers impaled by arrows. One still-image sequence shows a large bloodstain on the ground along with blood splatter on parchment.”

While a release date has not yet been confirmed, the official Twitter account for Age of Empires has stated it is coming “soon.”

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month

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Layers of Fear 2 has been talked about for a while now and is finally coming late next month.

Announced today by publisher Gun Media, the sequel to the psychological romp through artistic ego Layers of Fear is set to launch May 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Gameplay-wise, the sequel looks to cover similar ground as its predecessor. As a first-person psychological horror with “an emphasis on exploration and story,” players meander through heavily-scripted set-pieces while solving puzzles and being scared a whole lot.

Layers of Fear 2, though, will be swapping the paintbrush for the dizzying heights of Hollywood. According to the game’s Steam synopsis, players “control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.”

Stifled by their own acting ambitions, the protagonist finds themselves alone and marooned on an increasingly nightmarish boat. The game’s unnamed protagonist must navigate their own past and the challenges the director sets them to unlock the secret to not just the film they are starring in, but their own motivations.

The original Layers of Fear was a captivating take on modern, story-driven horror, so the sequel’s inventive premise and greater scope are welcomed. While the sequel is embarking to a radically different setting, the title looks likely to recapture the original’s claustrophobic, atmospheric level design.

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