ESRB reveals the filthy sex details of Dragon Age: Origins

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board leaves very little to the imagination these days, regularly leaking the juicy, sordid details of every game that passes through its doors. The latest title to be thrown naked at our feet, is Dragon Age: Origins. We all know by now that the game is chock-full of rampant sex, but if you want to know just how sexy BioWare’s upcoming RPG is, well then look no further.

“Players can also initiate brief cutscene sequences in which couples (male and female or same sex couples) can be depicted kissing, embracing, and caressing one another as the screen fades to black,” states the ESRB, disgustingly. “During the course of the game, players are able to visit a brothel where a hostess asks what they are interested in. If players select ‘Surprise me,’ they can sometimes wind up face-to-face with a woman, a man, a transsexual, or an animal; sexual activity is never depicted during these brothel encounters.”

As you can see from the bolded parts (which I’m sure you had no trouble finding on your own), the ESRB has essentially confirmed traps and bestiality in Dragon Age: Origins. It actually sounds like a rather funny moment, which the ESRB has unfortunately now spoiled, but nevertheless I’m sure the delivery will still provide a smirk. 

As with Mass Effect, it’s great to see that players can impose their own sexual preferences on the game’s lead character (at least for the more serious sexual moments). The choice to sleep with a man or a woman, regardless of your character’s gender, is something I will always respect BioWare for including.

Also, having almost finished the prequel book for Dragon Age, I must confess that I really, really cannot wait to play Origins, making it the first BioWare game I’ve ever been hyped for.

Dragon Age: Origins

Platform: Windows PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Rating: Mature

Content descriptors: Blood, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content

Rating summary: This is a role-playing game (RPG) in which players control a group of mythical warriors through missions and battles in the ravaged lands of Ferelden. The combat system in the game is similar to other third-person role-playing games where the user does not usually have direct control over combat moves. Instead, players select a target (e.g., soldier, stone golem, dragon, bear, etc.) and an action (e.g., “attack,” “kill,” and magic spells), then watch as the game executes the move. Players use swords, axes, knives, and magic to attack enemies that react to damage by emitting splashes of red blood; pools of blood are occasionally depicted near dead bodies as well. The most intense instances of violence occur when players have the option to kill non-combatant civilians: A prisoner can be stabbed to death in order to steal a key; a merchant who overcharges refugees can be slashed in the throat; and a boy possessed by an evil demon can be killed off-screen. During the course of the game, players are able to visit a brothel where a hostess asks what they are interested in. If players select “Surprise me,” they can sometimes wind up face-to-face with a woman, a man, a transsexual, or an animal; sexual activity is never depicted during these brothel encounters. Players can also initiate brief cutscene sequences in which couples (male and female or same sex couples) can be depicted kissing, embracing, and caressing one another as the screen fades to black. Though the game never features human nudity, one female demon character is briefly depicted with bare breasts. Some profanity (e.g., “sh*t,” “b*tch,” and “a*s”) can be heard in the dialogue.

Jim Sterling