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The Classification Board has given the game, Alien vs Predator, an RC rating. This means that until Sega Australia edits the content, the game is banned and cannot be sold in Australia.


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Sega Australia’s PR Manager, Vispi Bhopti said, “Sega Australia can today confirm that the initial submission of Aliens vs Predator has been Refused Classification by the Classification Operations Board of Australia. We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal.”

Besides Alien vs Predator, games that were banned in Australia include: Crimecraft, Left 4 Dead 2 (now heavily edited to get an M-rating) and Risen.

According to Sega, Alien Vs Predator “delivers three outstanding single-player campaigns and provides untold hours of unique three-way multiplayer gaming. Experience distinctly new and thrilling first person gameplay as you survive, hunt and prey in the deadly jungles and swamps surrounding the damned colony of Freya’s Prospect.”

UPDATE: Click on the next page to read what the Classification Board had to say about the game and why it was given an RC rating.

 

According to the decision report sent to the Ausgamers website,

The game contains first-person perspective, close-up depictions of human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as location damage such as stabbing through the chest, throat, mouth or eyes. Characters can be stabbed with a Predator’s wrist blade or an Alien’s tail in depictions reminiscent of impalement. The Predator collects “trophies” by explicitly ripping off human heads, their spinal columns dangling from severed necks. Head can be twisted completely around in order to break a character’s neck. Eyes can be stabbed through or gouged, leaving empty, bloodied eye sockets. It is noted that a player is able to combine manoeuvres together in quick succession, which further increases impact; for example, a Predator can stab a character through both eyes with its wrist blade and then rip off their head, with spinal column still attached. Extensive post mortem damage, including decapitation and dismemberment, is also possible.

Depictions of violence such as the above are accompanied by copious amounts of blood and gore, including ample wound details and visible skeleton.

In the opinion of the Board, the violence in the game causes a high playing impact due to its first-person, close-up perspective, conceptual nature and the level of explicit detail involved in the depictions. The game is therefore unsuitable for a minor to see or play and should be refused classification.

 

 

 

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