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New Soldier of Fortune banned in Australia

Bad news for readers down under, the OFLC has refused classification for Soldier of Fortune: Payback, effectively banning the game. SoF: Payback joins the not so exclusive list of games that have been refused classification with alumni like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and 50 Cent: Bulletproof.

From the Melbourne Herald Sun

The game, Soldier Of Fortune: Payback contained “high impact violence” that was too high to receive a classification from the board, a spokeswoman for the Classifications Board told NEWS.com.au.

“(The decision was based on) the different ways a player could maim and injure (other characters),” the spokeswoman said.

“The violence is seen to exceed the MA classification.”

The Classification Board Report explains that “the limbs may be shot off, resulting in large amounts of blood spray and the depiction of torn flesh and protruding bone from the dismembered limb”.

The OLFC has good reason to worry about the level of violence in the game, enemies lose limbs and bleed profusely when shot. If you doubt the level of violence check this out. The game continues in the Soldier of Fortune tradition, and doesn’t look like it’s cutting any corners in the gore department. US gamers don’t have to worry however, as the ESRB has already given the game an M rating. This might not be the end for the game in Australia, both GTA: San Andreas and 50 Cent: Bulletproof saw release in the country after some moderate editing.

Via: GamePolitics

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Comment by mass9 on 2007-10-18 22:49:55 | Reply

“the limbs may be shot off, resulting in large amounts of blood spray and the depiction of torn flesh and protruding bone from the dismembered limb”

protruding bones? sweet!!!! the next-gen is NOW baby!

Comment by normski on 2007-10-18 23:08:51 | Reply

How stupid, you can pretend to play rugby but not have a class game like SOF 3 it rocks

Comment by FoolInjection on 2007-10-19 00:10:14 | Reply

Whats the betting the UK bans this as well…

Seeing as Manhunt 2 got the chop.

Comment by TK Chillin on 2007-10-19 00:11:42 | Reply

Remember kids, if you get dismembered in Australia your not allowed to bleed. All that blood whould make an icky mess.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-10-19 02:17:42 | Reply

Lmao. I fucking love SoF.

Comment by Curtis Jackson on 2007-10-19 09:26:55 | Reply

Exactly.

wait if its too obscene and is beyond the MA rating why dont they just make it AO?

The ratings system is a bit different in Australia, and no such rating exists for games there.

Comment by SilentAssassn87 on 2007-10-19 04:56:05 | Reply

Australia banning this has just hiked sales everywhere else…plus that youtube video was sweeeeeeeet!

Comment by H1TCHMAN on 2007-10-19 10:12:22 | Reply

Australia banned GTA: San Andreas? That must have sucked ass until they finally brough it out.

Comment by Richard on 2007-10-19 11:54:02 | Reply

check the end, it says

“This might not be the end for the game in Australia, both GTA: San Andreas and 50 Cent: Bulletproof saw release in the country after some moderate editing.”

Comment by Toonsis on 2007-10-19 16:03:03 | Reply

Anyone know the release date for SOF3?

Comment by Katan13 on 2007-10-19 17:16:20 | Reply

Yet again another fine example of people being told what they can or can’t see.

Should be given an adult rating, people who sell it in shops check the persons age, job done.

It’s not like we see real bloodshed and death on tv everyday now is it? oh wait ;op

Comment by UnGreat on 2007-10-20 14:16:49 | Reply

Australia has always banned games so this isn’t that big a surprise.

What does concern me is the recent banning of Manhunt 2 in the UK. Manhunt is a crap game but it sets a precedent that worries me. The tabloids in the UK class computer games as childrens toys not a form of media equal to movies.

I just hope they don’t start cutting or banning any good games.

Comment by Mr T on 2007-10-20 15:10:13 | Reply

Well. The game has excessive violence.
As far as I can see the only reason they have that in the game is for chock value.
Rediculous. People that buy games just because you can shoot of limbs need to have their heads examined.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-10-20 20:38:47 | Reply

They’re really good shooters. The super-violence is just frosting.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-10-22 15:01:14 | Reply

People under the mature age rating that have these games need their Parent’s/Legal Guardian’s head examined.

Adults who can decide the content they view should be able to buy it if they want.

End of, stop being a nazi.

Comment by theanalassassin on 2007-10-21 12:44:48 | Reply

i want it

Comment by Sven on 2007-10-26 16:28:15 | Reply

So it’s “safer” to show kids consequence-free ragdoll?

In Max Payne 2, I was always disappointed that bodies behaved like indestructible objects that could be “carried” with bullets.

Adding some actual realism is welcome - IMHO, every game that claims “realism” should make humans behave realistically when they intersect with solid objects…

Yes, I loved Carmageddon 2.

Yes, I’m Australian.

Yes, I’m over 30.

Yes, I’m pissed at not having an “R” rating for games I’d want to play. Why I should be grouped with under-15s based on my choice of entertainment pastime is beyond me.

Perhaps Kevin07 will change things for the better?

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Comment by The_Glovner on 2008-08-01 09:49:50 | Reply

I hope you find your family dead you smapping cunt.

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