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Post by Dan @ 03:22pm 02/08/13 | 18 Comments
After twice failing the submission process in its original form, a "slightly modified" version of the open world action game Saints Row 4 has now made its way successful passed the Australian Classification Board, earning a MA15+ rating, notably lower than the R18+ rating recently bestowed upon Grand Theft Auto V.

Here's the full statement from the game's publisher Deep Silver, and local distributor AIE:
“Deep Silver and AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row IV for sale. They have granted the game an MA15+ rating. To achieve this rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed. This mission has been widely reported on and contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers.

“This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers.

“The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience. The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.”

In this instalment in the Saints Row franchise, developer Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world. But the leaders of the free world are under attack from an alien invasion in the land of the free, and it's up to you and your gang to save the world, Saints-style.
Saints Row IV will now launch on scheduled in Australia on August 22nd 2013 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.



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TiT
Posted 03:26pm 02/8/13
i guess if i got this game i would buy it from a cdkey place in europe to avoid he mods :)
Eorl
Posted 03:29pm 02/8/13
Heh, find it odd that it was the narcotics that had to be changed, but the anal gun is still okay. How odd.
deadlyf
Posted 03:32pm 02/8/13
Wait, so we get the anal rape machine as DLC still and the game is rated MA now because they removed a mission involving make believe alien drugs that give super powers. You can still violently massacre anyone you want like a regular sandbox game though.

How was Harry Potter ever given a rating considering all the magic potions they had going on in it?
irogue
Posted 03:33pm 02/8/13
Yeh i am just gunna buy the US version from another source, not sure why we can watch ppl take drugs on TV with M rated movies / shows but a game cannot even pass R +18.
Raven
Posted 03:38pm 02/8/13
Can they circumvent the ratings by releasing this mission as DLC?
Khel
Posted 03:43pm 02/8/13
So the drug use was enough to make it jump from MA15+ straight to RC? It skipped R18+ completely? Go home classification board, you're drunk
Trauma
Posted 03:53pm 02/8/13
Khel, we adults are a precious lot who must be sheltered. Even a hint of drug use is just too much for us.
copuis
Posted 03:59pm 02/8/13
Heh, find it odd that it was the narcotics that had to be changed, but the anal gun is still okay. How odd.



not odd at all, the same guys who so the ratings are currently in england working for the ICC, on a project called DRS
Crash
Posted 04:00pm 02/8/13
Can they circumvent the ratings by releasing this mission as DLC?
Technically yes because the digital content is not rated.
Malthius
Posted 04:04pm 02/8/13
If they modify the game after it is rated, it becomes unrated. Once it is unrated the review board can require it to be resubmitted for classification and there are issues around advertising it.
copuis
Posted 04:12pm 02/8/13
does that include all game???, if that is the case, f*** me, DLC could be a mine field
Hogfather
Posted 04:26pm 02/8/13
So the drug use was enough to make it jump from MA15+ straight to RC? It skipped R18+ completely? Go home classification board, you're drunk

Hahaha I'll pay that
bepatient
Posted 05:10pm 02/8/13
So the drug use was enough to make it jump from MA15+ straight to RC? It skipped R18+ completely? Go home classification board, you're drunk

My thoughts exactly. Something strange is going on with those kids.
Newgo
Posted 05:32pm 02/8/13
yeah that was my rant on FB lol, good call Khel
Nukleuz
Posted 07:57pm 02/8/13
Couldn't you have said "Go home classification board, you must be on drugs?"

So much more appropriate given the topic.
eski
Posted 06:06pm 03/8/13
IS the same set of drug use rules supposed to apply to movies and books too?

The only movies I can recall being banned lately are Ken Park and LA Zombie.
midunno
Posted 11:19pm 04/8/13
I guess not.
Just watched a ad where a guy swallowed a tab of Jeannie to improve his performance in the sack.
Reverend Evil
Posted 11:33pm 04/8/13
The Australian ratings board has no f*****g idea what they're doing.
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