Sonic Mania is Now ESRB-Certified for All Platforms Except Nintendo Switch

Receiving news about a delay for a video game is a bittersweet occasion. On one hand, it means having to wait all the longer for a game’s already highly anticipated release as its launch is pushed further ahead, but on the other hand, one can’t really complain about extra polish to ensure greater quality from the final product. Continue reading Sonic Mania is Now ESRB-Certified for All Platforms Except Nintendo Switch

ESRB Rates Sonic Heroes for PS3

Sonic Heroes EU PS2 Box Art

US ratings board the ESRB has rated Sonic Heroes for the PlayStation 3, suggesting the PlayStation 2 game will finally be making its way to the US PS Store following its release on the European PS Store last February. No official word from SEGA or Sony, but as soon as there is, we’ll be sure to pass on the details.

Source: ESRB (via PlayStation LifeStyle)

S&ASR Transformed’s ESRB E10+ Rating Now Online

Last month we told you about the ESRB’s E10+ rating for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and how the game will feature mild language and animated blood. Today, the ESRB has made their full rating description available on their website with the reasons behind it.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™

Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360

Rating: E10+

Content descriptors: Animated Blood, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Language

Other:
Includes online features that may expose players to unrated user-generated content (Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U)

Rating summary: This is a racing game in which players compete with Sonic the Hedgehog and other characters from the SEGA universe. As players speed through each themed track, they can bump into other vehicles and use various power-ups (e.g., firecrackers, cyclones, puffer fish, snowballs, bee swarms) to impede opponents’ progress; some projectiles result in colorful explosions, and vehicles often spin out or flip into the air when hit. In one battleship-themed level, realistic explosions can be seen in the background; another racetrack contains giant spider hazards that emit splashes of green liquid when struck. One character says “damn” during gameplay.

http://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=32576&Title=Sonic%20%26amp%3B%20All-Stars%20Racing%20Transformed%u2122

Could Shadow the Hedgehog be returning to his old ways of not giving a damn about minding his mouth, or could it be someone else? As for the spiders, a House of the Dead track anyone?

Source: ESRB

S&ASR Transformed to Feature ‘Mild Language’ and ‘Animated Blood’

SEGA’s Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed product page has updated with an ESRB rating of E10+ listing Animated Blood, Mild Language and Mild Cartoon Violence. Could the House of the Dead franchise be making a return appearance in Transformed with blood intact? If we take a look at the rating for the first game, it appears the mild language doesn’t derive from lyrics this time around. Could Shadow be returning to his d**n potty mouth ways? We expect a full rating will appear on the ESRB’s website soon. Maybe they will accidentally reveal a character again like they did with Ulala last time.

Source: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed’s SEGA of America product page (Those outside of the US will need to change the flag at the top right on SEGA’s website to view the page)

Sonic Adventure 2 Coming to PC

US game rating board the ESRB has rated the upcoming HD digital download release of Sonic Adventure 2. Within the details of the E10+ rating, the ESRB has revealed that, like the first Sonic Adventure, the game will see a release on PC, as well as on the already announced PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms. No official word from SEGA, but this isn’t the first time another platform option has been leaked before SEGA has announced it.

Source: ESRB (via Sonic Paradise)

Is Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Coming to PC?

According to US ratings board the ESRB, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will see a release on Windows PC. A rating for the game has appeared on the ESRB’s website recently which lists the game for the platform. Early last month, Episode 1 appeared on the Steam registry, suggesting SEGA is bringing Sonic the Hedgehog 4 to PC users, and with such strong evidence like this, it seems a PC release for both Episodes is all but officially confirmed.

Source: ESRB

Thanks to TenkoTAiLS in our comments section for the heads up!

ESRB Rates Sonic Generations 3DS, Boss Hint and Online User-Generated Content?

The ESRB has rated the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations and has given a possible hint as to what one of the game’s currently unknown bosses may be. When referring to bosses in its rating description, the US ratings board gives an example that sounds like the Death Egg Zone boss from Mega Drive title Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a boss that is also present in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. This could also be the already revealed Big Arm boss from Sonic the Hedgehog 3‘s Launch Base Zone, though. The game description also hints at user-generated content among the game’s online features

You can read the full rating description below.

Sonic Generations

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Rating: Everyone

Content descriptors: Mild Cartoon Violence

Rating summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Sonic the Hedgehog as he attempts to stop a mysterious force from altering his universe’s timeline. As players zoom across fantastical landscapes, they collect gold rings and power-ups while using spin attacks to knock over enemies (e.g., insect and animal-like robots); enemies disappear amid smoke puffs, and Sonic blinks and loses rings when hit. A handful of boss-battles depict close-up spin attacks and brief explosions (e.g., defeating a giant robot by crashing into its torso).

Online Notice: Includes online features that may expose players to unrated user-generated content (Nintendo 3DS)

Source: ESRB

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ESRB Rates Sonic Generations, Reveals A Couple More Details

The ESRB, the US ratings board for games, has rated the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Sonic Generations, indicating the game’s development is now complete. The game has been given an E for Everyone rating, and in their write-up they’ve revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about the game.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

It appears the mysterious enemy force that sends Sonic back in time is actually trying to alter Sonic’s universe’s timeline. But why they are trying to alter Sonic’s timeline isn’t clear. The write-up also states the game includes a handful of boss fights and one in particular sees you “defeating a giant serpent creature by crashing into its weak points”.

You can check out the full rating write-up below:

Sonic Generations

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Rating: Everyone

Content descriptors: Cartoon Violence

Rating summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Sonic the Hedgehog as he attempts to stop a mysterious force from altering his universe’s timeline. As players zoom across fantastical landscapes, they collect gold rings and power-ups while using spin attacks to knock over enemies (e.g., insect- and animal-like robots); enemies disappear amid smoke puffs, and Sonic blinks and loses rings when hit. The game includes a handful of boss-fight sequences (e.g., defeating a giant serpent creature by crashing into its weak points); explosions, shrieking sounds, and close-up spin attacks accompany these battles.

Source: ESRB

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Sonic Adventure and SADX rated for 360, PS3, and PC by ESRB

Well, we’ve seen Sonic Adventure rated by South Korea, and Australia’s OFLC…but now we’ve finally got a confirmation from America’s ESRB.

Interesting thing to note here: both Sonic Adventure AND Sonic Adventure DX have been rated, individually. Perhaps both versions will be available in some way? Hopefully, we’ll find out at E3.

Source: SegaBITS

ASR: Ulala confirmed by ESRB? No GC Controller Support Says S0L

A couple of previews stated Ulala will be in Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing and when the ESRB said the game will have ‘Mild Suggestive Themes’ we just knew the lady would be in but now the ESRB have added more fuel to the fire with their PC, Wii and PS3 report.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Wii

Rating: Everyone

Content descriptors: Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes

Rating summary:
This is a racing game in which players use Sonic the Hedgehog and other SEGA characters to race on tracks taken from the SEGA universe. Players drive, drift, and “slipstream” their way through whimsical tracks while avoiding moving obstacles and other drivers. Players can receive “power-ups” during the race, allowing them to attack other racers in numerous ways—running at supersonic speed to knock them over, jabbing them with a hammer, crushing them with a giant egg, etc. Opponent vehicles usually spin out of control, pop up in the air, or fall off the racetrack when hit, though a vehicle does explode in a fiery burst during an introductory cutscene. One of the female racers wears a short skirt with a laser gun that clings to her thigh; she taunts opponents by gyrating her hips and blowing a kiss.

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Thanks to NinMicroSega for the heads up!

Steve Lycett of Sumo Digital under his S0L tag has also replied to our report about Nintendo’s Wii Nintendo Channel stating that the Wii version of Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing will support the Gamecube Controller and Mii’s.

Don’t think I’m allowed to comment on the Mii thing for a few more hours

Certainly no GameCube controller support in there. We did look into it after a load of requests on the official Sega forum, but it just doesn’t fit into the way we do the controllers on the Wii (which is all nice and automatic, rather than reams of menu’s).


S0L

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Look’s like Nintendo got the wrong end of the stick on that one but we’ll have to wait and see on the Mii support front which according to S0L’s post won’t be long now.

Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Ratings Line-up. ‘Mild Suggestive Themes’

Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing has now been rated by 4 of the world’s ratings boards where the game will be released. Most surprising is the U.S. ratings board ESRB’s statement that the game contains Mild Suggestive Themes.

Nothing revealed in the game so far would warrant such a rating so it’s quite curious as to what Sumo Digital haven’t revealed in the game yet. Fans are speculating Ulala’s appearance in the game, past games in which the character as appeared have always contained been labelled with the Mild Suggestive Themes statement by the ESRB.

The full ratings line-up is as follows –

PEGI 7

PEGI 7

ESRB E

ESRB E
Comic Violence
Cartoon Mischief
Mild Suggestive Themes

USK 6

USK 6

OFLC G General. Experience may change online.

OFLC G

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