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Cortana, Master Chief's AI companion in designed to be almost completely naked. Due to her holographic design, there is no graphic nudity, but the curves of her body are emphasized. She is only seen throughout cutscenes in the campaign.


Note: Halo 5 has a T rating but has WAY more brutal assassations and violence than Halo 4.

This game is a science-fiction first-person-shooter, so the most obvious mature content is the violence. Surprisingly enough, the level of violence is actually toned down from previous Halo games. The primary targets in the game are aliens, which makes the violence even more distant from reality.

Players will use a wide variety of weaponry to kill enemies, including assault rifles, sniper rifles, machine guns etc. However, they are all fictional weapons.

Most of the enemies in the game, because of their structure, don't bleed at all. The only ones that do are the Covenant. However, the amount of blood is so minimal that it is almost impossible to notice.

There are a few instances where splatters of blood will stain the environment, but this isn't very often. However, it looks realistic.

Multiplayer works in a similar way. Most of the enemies in Multiplayer are humans, but there is no gore of any kind, even in explosions. It is much more common to see an enemies' shield react to being shot, and for the enemy to simply fall over dead.

The only exception comes in the middle of the game. There is a cutscene where the main antagonist fires a chemical weapon that disintegrates all of the people on a spaceship, layer by layer. It is very graphic, but it is very brief.


The amount of language in the campaign is very mild, with infrequent usage of words such as "Hell" and "Damn".

However, Multiplayer mode supports online voice chat with other, real players via headsets. It is likely that players will encounter some particularly foul/offensive/racist/sexist language on Xbox Live. This may include anything from mild slurs to threats of sexual violence and "Mom jokes".

4/10 There's a multiplayer mode called flood. They are very scary for younger viewers (screwed up faces, bloody bodies, and have a zombie type feeling).

A lot of the action and violence may be intense for some audiences. However, this is significantly muted by the stylized, science-fiction premise that this game takes.

A beloved character dies at the ending. It is quite emotional.

Due note that players may become victims of cyber-bullying while playing with other players on Xbox Live via voice chat. Don't take this lightly. Players on Xbox Live are infamous for using particularly foul, sadistic language. This is especially true if the player is female, as she may encounter threats of sexual violence. But the player does has the ability to mute other players in gameplay and in the lobby.

If this game were to be a movie, it would be PG-13

Total Explicit Content: 14/50


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