For the first time in Final Fantasy, a title is receive the “Mature” rating – Final Fantasy Type-0. The game is one of the most mature titles in the series, so this comes as no surprise. The ESRB website gives the following reasoning as to why they decided to give the title an “M”.
This is an action game in which players assume the role of students fighting to protect their nation from invaders. Players traverse fantasy environments and battle enemy soldiers and other creatures in melee-style combat. Players use swords, bows, firearms, and magic spells to kill various enemies (e.g., robots, blobs, mechanical beasts). Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large blood-splatter effects; some sequences depict blood stains on players’ screen and corpses lying in pools of blood. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a man stabbing himself with a sword; a girl shot by a sniper; a character shot close-up. During the course of the game, some female characters are depicted in outfits that expose large amounts of cleavage and jiggling breasts. In one sequence, players can use a spy camera to zoom in on a female character wearing a bikini. The game includes event scenes in which a character sedates/drugs players’ character and performs unknown acts on them; it is implied that some of these acts may be of a sexual nature.
Final Fantasy Type-0’s basic content description includes Blood, Drug Reference, Suggestive Themes, and Violence. The game also received a higher rating in Japan – a CERO C (Ages 15+) instead of Final Fantasy’s typical CERO B (Ages 12+).