Australian Classification Board Reveals Specific in Saints Row IV Ruling

June 26, 2013 -

Yesterday we reported that Saints Row IV had earned the dubious distinction of being the very first game to be refused classification under Australia's new age rating system for games. Now GameSpot has figured out exactly what got the game banned. Two things managed to get the game bumped from an expected R18+ rating to basically being banned in Australia. Those two things were an "alien anal probe weapon" and "alien drugs," apparently.

The Australian Classification Board issued a statement to GameSpot detailing what specifically got the game a ban:

"The game includes a weapon referred to by the applicant as an 'Alien Anal Probe'. The applicant states that this weapon can be 'shoved into enemy's backsides'. When using this weapon, the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim's legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air."

The board ultimately ruled that a "weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context."

The use of drugs was also highlighted in the report:

"Smoking the 'alien narcotics' equips the player with 'superpowers', which increase their in-game abilities, allowing them to progress through the mission more easily. During the mission, onscreen prompts guide the player to 'Go to deal location' and 'Get drugs.'"

Publisher Deep Silver has issued a statement announcing that the developer will create an edited version of the game to be released in Australia. We assume the edited version will omit these two things to get a release in the region in August... We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: GameSpot



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So drugs were one reason? Will they ban any movies that feature drugs as a plot point, no matter how minor, get banned in future?

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As long as they don't change anything for the U.S. release - as Bethesda was forced to with Fallout 3 - then I'm fine with that.

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What did they change for the US release? As tio my knowledge the only change they made was for the Japan release, changing the Fatman to the Nuka Launcher.

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Took out drug references worldwide due to the Aussie board.

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Ah, so that's why we have MedX instead of Morphine.

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This only makes me want to play it more.

They certainly have got "something" up their censoring butts.


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