The thing is, if the ESRB had a rating for 16+ equivalently, I would completely agree. 16+ makes sense for Halo. Unfortunately a T for Teen means 13+ essentially, where as an M is 17+YummierInk9044 wrote:Here in the UK and Europe, it has always been related 16+ and, to be honest, I really don't understand why it has ever been rated M by the ESRB in the US. Granted CE was always the most gory in the sense of the blood (in some ways it was almost comical how much blood there was in enemies you could fill entire rooms with it) but afterwards it definitely got tamer.
I was playing Reach firefight on MCC the other day and I there wasn't a whole lot of blood on the floor, it was there but definitely not crazy levels. I think the M rating probably stems from the whole 'video games cause violence or bad' vibe from the early 2000s and when politicians used to blame video games from just about everything (and not their own policies and decision making).
I literally was just googling why Halo was rated M and I found this on a parental website
"Not as bad as I thought it would beI was skeptical about getting this because it was rated M (and after all, there had to be a reason why it was rated M) But my child convinced me to try it out, so I let him. Then I saw that this was not anymore violent than power rangers(This is just an expression). I think the people who made rated this game did a bad job because this should be rated T. "Also, in some ways the newer titles were in some ways more violent than the old ones. For instance, Halo 5 may not have had blood but some of the assassination animations were quite brutal.
In summary, I think Halo should always have been rated T and not M. The swearing wasn't even that bad or hard as some other games and it lacks virtually all the other characteristics of M games except 'Violence'. Rating Halo as M puts it in the same pool as Red Dead Redemption and GTA, which is absolutely absurd! Tbf, it's hard for me to take rating boards seriously when games like NBA 2K come out with literal casinos/slot machines and are rated E for everyone.
I think the PEGI rating system is better than the ESRB as it's more granular.
Anyway, all I really care about is that they aren't aiming for T as a target. I'm not saying I'm not looking forward to Infinite, that's far from the truth and I'm not saying a T Halo game would be terrible (see my H5 service record for proof). I just don't want them to water things down for a lower rating as it would make the game less.
I mean I kind of miss the slight horror elements of Halo. We have to remember that for the time, the flood was fairly graphic. I mean does anyone remember how horrible it was when a marine got infected in H3?