AvP Refused Classification in Australia

A month or so ago, Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 was essentially banned in Australia for being too gruesome.  Valve edited the game for Australian release, removing vast amounts of flying blood as well as having bodies disappear when they hit the ground.  Now according to Gamespot, The Australian Office of Classification has Refused Classification on Rebellion's upcoming Aliens vs Predator video-game.

Gamespot go a hold of the Board's findings and for fans, I think the Australian findings is a good indication that promises of a violent melee are true:

"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 locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, 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. Heads 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 rip off their head, with spinal column still attached. Extensive post-mortem damage, including decapitation and dismemberment, is also possible.

MA15+ is the highest rating available for games, the two higher ratings of R18+ and X18+ only apply to films.  Looking back to my L4D2 inquiry with the Australian board as to why video games couldn't get the R18+, I was told that:  "The introduction of an R 18+ classification for computer games is a policy matter for Commonwealth, State and Territory Censorship Ministers, not the Classification Board."

Gamespot heard from Rebellion that they won't Valve's path and tone down the violence in the game for the MA15+:

"...we agree strongly that our game is not suitable for game players who are not adults...the content of AVP is based on some of the most innovative and iconic horror movies, and as such we wanted to create a title that was true to the source material. It is for adults, and it is bloody and frightening, that was our intent. We will not be releasing a sanitized or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices."

I have to love the last sentence, leaves a bit of a sting there. Sad for Australian fans that they won't be able to get their hands on a copy of the video-game, even if it would be edited for content.  So far no other country certification board has announced that AVP will be banned.  Aliens vs Predator lands on PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox360 in Feburary 2010.  Probably with a very hard core M Rating.
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