So it has finally happened. A JRPG pushed the nudity envelope too far and received an M-rating for it. After reading the ESRB description, I really don't see what the big deal is as it doesn't sound any worse than previous games in the series, but it looks like Ar tonelico Qoga will have the dubious honor of being the first M-rated JRPG based on nudity alone.
Anyway, here's the ESRB description:
So does this make you more or less interested in the game? I was always planning to pick it up and I'm actually a little worried now they'll end up censoring it to get that T-rating. If so, I'll simply be unable to support the English version and will have to import the Japanese version instead. NIS America has already been doing a pretty shitty job on their recent localizations, and censorship just isn't something I can accept.
This is a role-playing game in which players control a character named Aoto, an apprentice who becomes entangled in a three-way war on the fantastical planet of Ar Ciel. Players roam through towns and use swords and magical attacks to engage monsters and human-like enemies in hand-to-hand combat. Battles are accompanied by punches, kicks, colorful light effects, and loud cries of pain; enemies collapse or disappear in brief flashes of light when defeated. Some power moves cause female characters' clothes to vanish in layers; the characters are often depicted holding (covering) their breasts, wearing only underwear, or standing behind strips of light that obscure their genitals. In one cutscene, male characters encourage a woman to strip (e.g., "Uh . . . do I have to take off even more clothes…?" and "Quit teasing us and do it already!"); another sequence depicts a male character "removing" a magical crystal from a female character—this scene is accompanied by suggestive moans and comments (e.g., "Aoto's putting his hand inside Soma" and "Fumble around every inch inside of her . . . you will find what you're looking for . . . !"). One brief cutscene depicts a female character's exposed buttocks. The words "sh*t," "a*shole," and "b*tch," appear in the dialogue.