Mortal Kombat Gets R18 Rating in New Zealand

March 7, 2011 -

According to Gameplanet.co.nz Mortal Kombat will be available in New Zealand. Australians are no doubt envious of the fact that NZ has a ratings system that goes beyond the 15+ age limit. The reboot of the Mortal Kombat series received a rating of R18: Graphic Violence in New Zealand, ensuring that the game will be released in the region in April.

Mortal Kombat will be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the April 21. The game releases here in the United States on April 19, 2011.

So far, Australia is the only country to refuse classification of the game (to my knowledge). We do not know why other than the tired mantra of "protect the children" being at play on some level. If you want to protect children MP's of Australia, give the games rating system the proper adult classification it needs: R18+, please.

Thanks to Cheater87.


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Re: Mortal Kombat Gets R18 Rating in New Zealand

Can Australian gamers import the game from New Zealand or is that illegal as well?

Re: Mortal Kombat Gets R18 Rating in New Zealand

Australian gamers can import the game if they wish but they won't find the game in stores or on Steam if it has been banned for sale.

-- Randi Tastix

Re: Mortal Kombat Gets R18 Rating in New Zealand

I thought it was illegal to import games that are RC, and customs destroys them? Thats what I'm reading on all the sites that are talking about the ban.

Re: Mortal Kombat Gets R18 Rating in New Zealand

Now all we need to do is a comparative analysis of the number of decapitations that happen after the game comes out in NZ and compare it with the rate over the same period in Austrailia.  If you see a statistically-significant spike in decapitations, then you have proven the causal link. 

Re: Mortal Kombat Gets R18 Rating in New Zealand

That would be a correlational link, not a causal one.

 

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