The ESRB has recently revealed its full rating description for the upcoming hard-boiled Vita title Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness and lots of gritty details have been unleashed!

The visual novel has ended up with a Teen rating from the ESRB as it contains contents relating to blood, drug references, language, mild violence and suggestive themes. The full description given to Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness, which goes into further detail on how the ESRB came to their decision, can be read in full below.

This is a visual novel in which players follow the story of two detectives investigating crimes in a futuristic city. Players watch events as they unfold and make decisions that affect the storyline. Some action choices result in off-screen characters being killed by laser blasts. Violence is also described in text (e.g., “All I heard was the crackling of the flames as they consumed my body” and “A direct hit. . . Her body swelled then burst. Well, most of it. Some parts remained. Like her hands. . .”). One sequence depicts an injured character lying in a pool of blood after a bomb explosion.

The game contains some suggestive material: female characters in outfits that depict large amounts of cleavage; dialogue/text that states, “He said he should’ve at least had sex with her, then he laughed and looked all creepy” and “Ahh Nadeshiko, your large, beautiful chest looks so good in this dress.”

A storyline in the game revolves around the use and abuse of fictional drugs; the dialogue/text includes several references to such drugs (e.g., “A cocktail? You mean like combining multiple drugs?” and “This cocktail had spread throughout the school, and all the captors were addicts.”). The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.

Not only does this description give us a bit of insight into how the ESRB rate the games that are bought to them, but also gives us a nice little bit of in-depth info as to what we can expect when the game launches. And it certainly seems to be in keeping with its gritty, hard-boiled, noir roots.

The special edition of Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness which is still available to pre-order now.
The special edition of Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness which is still available to pre-order now.

What are your thoughts on Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness? Have you been enjoying all the coverage we have been giving the game so far? Will you be picking the game up when it launches? And are you planning on getting it for PS4? Vita? Or both? Let us know in the comments below and as always keep it locked right here at The Vita Lounge for all your news, previews and reviews!

Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness is set to release for both PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on September 13th in North America, and September 16th in Europe.