Target is recommending these R18+ games for ages 3+

Brodie Fogg 18 February 2016

ryse-featured--imageRight now, Target is running a 3-day sale which offers some incredible discounts for gamers... and some terrible advice for parents.

Everything available on Target's online store is currently discounted by 20%, including consoles, games and accessories. Perusing the selection - see the full list here - we noticed some impressive prices on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles, but also some odd age recommendations that are way off the mark.

First up is Ryse: Son of Rome. Target's eBay store recommends this tale of a man's brutal journey to avenge his murdered family to individuals aged three-years-old and up. Uhh...

This Xbox One exclusive isn't just a tad rough around the edges. It has been rated R18+ by the Australian Classification Board and features high impact violence, moderate impact language and strong impact sex scenes. 

Here's the Entertainment Software Ratings Board's (ESRB) official rating summary of the game:


"...Players use swords and spears to kill barbarian hoards in frenetic melee-style combat. Battles are highlighted by slow-motion and blood-splatter effects; enemies are frequently impaled, decapitated, and dismembered. Some environments depict bloody limbs and dismembered corpses on spikes. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: caged soldiers burned alive; a character repeatedly stabbed with a knife. During the course of the game, female characters are sometimes depicted topless (e.g., pasties over breasts; covered in body paint).

One brief sequence depicts a dancer bending down in front of a man (fellatio is implied)—there is no depiction of the sex act. The word “f**k” can be heard in the game." 

Yes, Ryse: Son of Rome is a gory, sweary, sexy punch-fest and clearly not appropriate for youngsters.

Second on the list of games that definitely should not be gifted to a toddler is 2014's Watch Dogs. Developed by Ubisoft, Watch Dogs stars Aiden Pearce, a shady hacker who's  not afraid to terrorise the city if it means bringing justice to those who wronged him. While there's nothing necessarily nasty about Aiden's knack for the hack, he does have a bit of an alcohol problem and an affinity for automatic weapons.

In fact, the adult content went a little bit too far in May 2014 when content implying sexual violence was added. The Australian Classification Board responded by bumping the game's classification up from MA15+ to R18+.

Here's what the ESRB has to say about the content in Watch Dogs:


"This is third-person shooter/action game in which players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker trying to find an evil mastermind. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill various human enemies (e.g., criminals, police officers). When close to an enemy, players are able to shoot them in the head or knock them out with a black jack. Players have the ability to kill captives after (mostly) off-screen interrogations. Cutscenes depict further instances of violence (e.g., a man stabbed in the neck and shot multiple times). Combat is highlighted by cries of pain, blood-splatter effects, and realistic gunfire. The game includes several depictions of topless female characters. One prolonged scene depicts a topless women standing in a bedroom; another sequence depicts close-ups of topless women sitting down. The game also includes a few instances of sexual activity, including an obscured depiction of masturbation; a woman performing fellatio on a man; and a man thrusting against a woman from behind—camera angles obscure the sex act and no nudity is shown. During the course of the game, the central character sometimes consumes large amounts of alcohol (the screen turns blurry); one sequence depicts characters using needles to inject themselves with drugs. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue."

Obviously, this a simple blunder that anyone could make and will hopefully be resolved soon, but if you are a parent shopping in Target's online sales, be sure to check the rating for each game before you buy.

We've rounded up each bundle, game and accessory available through Target's online sale and calculated exactly how much the 20% discount can save you. Check here for the full list.

If you don't know the difference between a Minecraft and a Minesweeper, check out our guide to gifting for gamers here. 

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