There are also "depictions of sexual material/activity" involving further good times. Blood-spatter is common, and there's even some "rare depictions of dismemberment."
Ironically it's probably the depictions of drug use that will land it in more hot water than all the baseball bats to heads, and procurement of sexual favours.
The ESRB has warned consumers that Grand Theft Auto V contains "Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol". Some of the rating boards descriptions border on spoiler, but mostly they reveal exactly what we'd expect.
"Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment," explain the ESRB. "In one sequence, players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction (i.e., responding to on-screen prompts)."
"The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player's character procures from a prostitute - while no nudity is depicted in these sequences, various sexual moaning sounds can be heard."
"Nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context."
Controversy! "Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics (e.g., smoking from a bong, lighting a marijuana joint); cocaine use is also depicted," they reveal. "Players' character can, at various times, consume alcohol and drive while under the influence. The words “f**k,” “c*nt,” and “n**ger” can be heard in the dialogue."
Let’s see what the media scrambles to pick up and run with first - probably the weed smoking. Grand Theft Auto V releases on Xbox 360 and PS3 September 17th, withlaunching two weeks later.