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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:42am 30/06/11 | 21 Comments
Deep Silver and Techland's much talked-about zombie island dismemberment sim (read: first-person zombie game), Dead Island, has passed classification here in Australia, receiving an MA 15+ rating by the Ratings Board.

The Ratings Board offered content warnings of "Strong horror violence, blood and gore", but sent the game through, unscathed, as we've just learnt from inside sources. Ironically (sort of), its country of origin is Germany - the only other stricter country than us when it comes to videgame classification. Moreover, the game actually just copped an 18+ Rating in the UK, pointing out the disconnect we have with our system here even more so.

Dead Island is due to hit the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this September 9.



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bepatient
Posted 11:27am 30/6/11
I'm happy about this but from what I have seen so far it makes absolutely no sense.
ravn0s
Posted 11:33am 30/6/11
this looks just as bad as l4d2 in terms of gore etc. so why wasn't this banned? seems pretty inconsistent.
Dan
Posted 11:40am 30/6/11
L4D2 also has that slightly comical look about it too, whereas Dead Island seems to be going for the more gritty and realistic angle. Really surprising if it has gone through completely unmodified.


Dead Island E3 2011 Trailer
LOTUK
Posted 12:00pm 30/6/11
Hehe, there's going to be a sudden increase in teenage nightmares once this baby's released. Mmmm Braaaains
Mephz
Posted 12:06pm 30/6/11
Was L4D2 refused classification because they were 'infected'?
whereas in Dead Island they're 'zombies' ?

I seem to recall something about this when L4D2 was coming out. pretty silly really since there is no graphical difference between what you call them, but what you name them makes all the difference to the classification board?
Khel
Posted 01:56pm 30/6/11
whereas Dead Island seems to be going for the more gritty and realistic angle.


Yeah, this was my first thought too. Mortal Kombat is all over-the-top comical violence and gets RC'd, this is gritty and realistic looking but yeah, thats fine. No sense at all =\
AussieMerc
Posted 02:26pm 30/6/11
L4D2 was banned due to the Cop zombies and Drug use (Adrenaline) I believe?

However yes, the ratings board in Oz is far too inconsistent. Seems to be a matter of luck for game development as to whether a game is banned or allowed.

Thankful that it's not banned, hate to have to jump through hoops like I did with L4D2, looking forward to this game.
Reverend Evil
Posted 03:01pm 30/6/11
I'm sure there will be religious nuts coming out saying they don't want their children killing zombies. Why won't anybody think of the children god damn it.
Dan
Posted 03:12pm 30/6/11
I haven't seen any in the gameplay footage so doubt they'll be in the game, but the CG trailer that had everyone gagging for it even had a child zombie. won't somebody think of the children killing children zombies!
Tollaz0r!
Posted 03:20pm 30/6/11
Wont somebody think of the poor zombies!
The GuVna
Posted 03:22pm 30/6/11
"L4D2 was banned due to the Cop zombies and Drug use (Adrenaline) I believe?"

The main issue with the board regarding LFD2 was the violence. Can't find the video but there was an Ausgamers vid showing the dramatic difference of the same gameplay recorded in both the Uncensored & Australian censored. It was pretty much a joke, zombies were disappearing before they even hit the ground.

I wouldn't try to understand the current rating standards use to classify games in AU at the moment, it will just hurt your brain.
bowie
Posted 03:51pm 30/6/11
am interested in giving this game a go, looks slightly different to other first person zombie games. just hoping not as repetitive as left for dead and as lame as dead rising (wasn't a big fan) am willing to give it a go though.
AussieMerc
Posted 05:58pm 30/6/11
@TheGuvna Our L4D2 wasn't ours, it was Germany's which is why it was cut down so heavily violence wise.

I'll have to look up the original R/C page, had it for a while in my favourites but formatted 4 times since.

Anyway, still glad this is MA15+ and not RC. Less loopholes to get it in Oz.
The GuVna
Posted 06:37pm 30/6/11
The German version was the Australian version also wasn't it? As in the same retail content? We got given the same version of the game I'm sure as regretfully I got the Australian version 75% off due to getting it in a 4 pack, & I didn't refund it as I was inclined to thinking "there will be a simple hack/patch edit to apply to fix it"

I've only played it about 3 times because without the zombies piling up & clogging up you're view which makes the game so hectic, they were just dissapearing, made the game so easy to play as it took the whole 'oh hell here's a s***-ton of zombies to wade through' out of the gameplay experience, which is what L4D is all about.
Randy Cambell
Posted 07:38pm 30/6/11
Nice
Murderer
Posted 07:53pm 30/6/11
stupid thing is you cant censor s*** these days.

all you've gotta do is download it, or get someone else to obtain it for you.

sigh.
parabol
Posted 08:02pm 30/6/11
The main issue with the board regarding LFD2 was the violence. Can't find the video but there was an Ausgamers vid showing the dramatic difference of the same gameplay recorded in both the Uncensored & Australian censored. It was pretty much a joke, zombies were disappearing before they even hit the ground.

I put up with the lowered violence for a while to see how the game was, but found the bodies disappearing before hitting the ground interfered with the gameplay - had no confirmation much of the time whether i registered a kill or not. Just had to assume the zombie was dead and not running around the van/room trying to get at me from another angle.

Dead Island looks good, but from the previous vid I saw I think the gameplay might get boring very quickly!
Enska
Posted 09:04pm 30/6/11
I wouldn't try to understand the current rating standards use to classify games in AU at the moment, it will just hurt your brain.
Pittster
Posted 11:05am 01/7/11
This just re-enforces my theory that Valve did not have a briefcase full of cash for the Aus board at the time of classification.

Out of all the games that have come out in the last 5-10 years and have recived MA15+ that have the same if not more Gore, zombies, infected giving yourself needles etc. Left 4 Dead 2 got the Ban Hammer?

Still all this classification crap reminds me of when Carmageddon came out and it was front page news that all the children would want to go murder everyone in cars Hahaha good times. Want someone think of the children.

Ohh yeah shameless link
http://atombomb.no-ip.org/blog/2010/12/10/how-to-play-carmageddon-and-splat-pack-with-3dfx-emulation-in-high-resolution/
Eorl
Posted 11:26am 01/7/11
Yeah, L4D2 was banned due to the drug taking for speed, infected and decapitation.

Also, I believe even if everyone wails and cries, the classification board can't change a classification until it comes out. Least that's what happened with GTA:SA.
Buck Schnizzzel
Posted 10:07am 21/7/11
Great news that this is going through unscathed. If you want an uncensored copy of L4D2, just do what I did. Order a copy online from overseas. I got mine from the UK.
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