ESRB Rates Metroid Prime: Federation Force


The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has published their verdict on Metroid Prime: Federation Force, awarding the Nintendo 3DS exclusive a Teen rating.

There are few surprises in the summary, which describes how players will “engage in combat with aggressive alien creatures.” Enemies will disintegrate, with battles see you “use blaster-like weapons and missiles” that are packed with “gunfire, explosions, and cries of pain.”

Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Rating Category: Teen
Content Descriptors: Fantasy Violence
Other: Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB (Nintendo 3DS)
Rating Summary: This is a first-person shooter in which players control Federation Space Marines as they complete objectives and battle enemy forces in a fictional galaxy. Players control specialized battle “mechs” as they explore planets to recover materials/personnel, and engage in combat with aggressive alien creatures. Players use blaster-like weapons and missiles to kill various enemies (e.g., ice titans, giant insects, space pirates, droids) in frenetic battle. Creatures disintegrate in a black particle effect when defeated. Battles are highlighted by gunfire, explosions, and cries of pain.

The Nintendo 3DS exclusive was met with a negative reaction when it was revealed at E3 2015, producer Kensuke Tanabe shared that he was “quite surprised” at the backlash and reiterated that it plays a “very important” role in the wider Metroid universe.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in North America on August 19th, Japan on August 25th, Europe on September 2nd, and Australia and New Zealand on September 3rd.

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