Adults Only Rating

One of the age ratings of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. This rating is aimed at people who are at least 18 years old. No one under 18 is permitted to buy games that are rated AO. This is why it is termed "Adults Only".

You might be confused as to why the top rating is only one year above the Mature Rating. Generally, only games with pornographic content, or at least borderline porn, give a game the AO rating, and it's quite possible the highest rating was made to conform with general pornography laws, when the ESRB otherwise felt that 17 is the true developmental cutoff. However, there are a few games that have this rating solely because of their violent content. Similar to an "NC-17" rating, an AO rating is a death sentence to a game's financial viability, as every large retailer will refuse to stock AO games, and the current major console makers refuse to license them due to the association of "adult-only" ratings with pornography.

Video Games that have received this rating: