‘Assassin’s Creed 2′ Chickens Out During Its Sex Scene
I have good news and bad news. The good news is that Assassin’s Creed 2 paints Ezio as a “womanizer” and the game does feature an interactive sex scene. The bad? Despite the game’s M-rating, it’s all very PG-13. MTV’s Russ Frushtick explains:
“At the beginning of “Assassin’s Creed 2,” Ezio is merely a snotty teenage noble and a bit of a horndog. The first hour or so of the game is a tutorial, introducing you to the new setting, gameplay elements and characters. One such character is Ezio’s girlfriend, who you’ll meet after sneaking into her room under the cover of darkness. From there, things get frisky, but everything’s pretty muted. Using action buttons you can help her to disrobe, but you’ll only see her naked upper back.
Then, when it’s time for escalation, another action button merely blows out the candle. The rest, as they say, is left to the imagination. All in all, it’s pretty tame, and nothing compared to the scenes in “Mass Effect” or “God of War.” Strictly PG-13 level, despite the game’s M rating. No moans, no rocking night table. Just a pissed off father and an early morning dash to freedom.”
In comparison, Mass Effect featured two seconds of alien female rear end while GOW has a couple pairs of exposed breasts in not-so-glorious PS2 graphics. So to say it’s tamer than those must mean this is really nothing boundary-pushing whatsoever.
I’m still trying to figure out why games are so desperately afraid of sex and nudity. Once a game is rated M, it’s rated M, and if film rating logic stands, the inclusion of nudity or sex scenes done tastefully in no way warrants a jump to an “X” rating (or in this case “AO”). But for whatever reason, the uproar over such an inclusion would probably be so loud, it would drown out anything else in the game, so most developers are just skipping it all together to avoid headaches.
It’s like some sort of self-inflicted freedom of speech violation, where no one has the balls to take video games to the next level of immersiveness. I can chainsaw someone in half with blood coating the camera, but if we see a naked girl for a few seconds you want to pull the game off the shelf? Something doesn’t make sense here.
[via MTV Multiplayer]