EA has offered an unusual explanation for the need to shoot police officers in Battlefield 3 in order to complete a mission.
In its mature rating of the game, US ratings board the ESRB outlined some of the title's more graphic moments:
"In one sequence, a restrained character's throat is slit (off-screen); in another, players shoot police officers to complete a mission objective. The words 'f***' and 's***' can be heard frequently in the dialogue."
EA told Eurogamer in a statement: "I don't think you understand the gravity of the situation. For God's sake, there is a nuke in Paris! Millions of lives are at stake!!"
Shooting at cops is an interesting inclusion in the game, given comments made by Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach in August, when he said:
"If you put the player in front of a choice where they can do good things or bad things, they will do bad things, go dark side... We have to build our experiences so we don't put the player in experiences where they can do bad things.
"We are trying to do something that is more mature. Mature not being gore - some people confuse the two. That's childish actually, to want more blood."