Saints Row IV Refused Classification In Australia

Saints Row IV is a lot of fun (as evidenced by our latest hands on) but it’s clearly not for everyone. Despite the over the top nature, the game has been refused classification in Australia.

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“Saints Row IV was the first computer game in Australia to be Refused Classification under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games that commenced on 1 January 2013,” says the press release.

“In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards.”

Such depictions are prohibited by the Australian computer games guidelines.

This is the first game to be refused under the new (six month old) guidelines. “Apart from today’s decision, since the beginning of the year, the Board has classified 17 games R 18+ under the new guidelines,” adds the official statement.

Prior to the 1st of January this year, Australia didn’t have an ‘adult’ game category.

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10 Comments

  1. Yahtzee will be displeased.

    To be honest “interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context… elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards” could be written on the box!

  2. Are you serious? We only just got an 18+ rating! Exactly what use is it if they’re still refusing games, looks like importing is still the best option. Our ratings board is about as useful as a camels c**t.

    • Exactly, what the fuck??

      What the hell is the point of an ‘R’ rating (for adults) if other adults decide you’re not adult enough to see that adult material.

      Mad.

      • Delightfully well put. :-)

      • I agree… It’s almost as ridiculous as being able to have sex at 16 in the UK but having to be 18 to buy a porn mag. How’s that work???

  3. BOOM! Instant free publicity.
    Well done Aus censors, you’re learning well from your previous experiences…

  4. so they’re still treating adults like children in Australia.

  5. Violition are tweaking the game to get it reclassified.

    • If that’s an actual typo, you subconciously made a pretty nice pun. :P

  6. i know Australia used to be a penal colony, but the last criminals were shipped over around a hundred and fifty years ago, and are in all likelihood all dead.
    so most Australians now are law abiding, and i think they can play something like this without feeling the need to recreate the actions in real life.

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