Australia's content rating board has refused age classification for NecroVisioN, a relatively obscure first-person shooter from developer 1C.
The game features a somewhat bizarre World War I meets demonic underworld theme. Australian site games.on.net reports that NecroVisioN is the first game to be RC'd in 2009.
The Classification Board explained its decision thusly:
When the player shoots an enemy combatant, a large volume of blood spray results and the enemy may be dismembered or decapitated. Injury detail is high with pieces of flesh seen flying from bodies when shot or a high level of wound detail visible on bodies. Post mortem damage occurs when bodies are shot resulting in blood spray, dismemberment and decapitation.
This level of blood and injury detail occurs frequently and throughout the game and in the Board’s view, exceeds a strong playing impact and therefore cannot be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification.
Despite the refusal to classify NecroVisioN, the game might still be salvaged by edit to the offending bits. A number of games initially banned in Australia have been subsequently resubmitted and cleared in this fashion.
Thanks to: GP reader Ryan!