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 â€śhigh impact violenceâ€ť that was too high to receive a classification from the board, a spokeswoman for the Classifications Board told NEWS.com.au.
â€ś(The decision was based on) the different ways a player could maim and injure (other characters),â€ť the spokeswoman said.
â€śThe violence is seen to exceed the MA classification.â€ť
The Classification Board Report explains that â€śthe limbs may be shot off, resulting in large amounts of blood spray and the depiction of torn flesh and protruding bone from the dismembered limbâ€ť.
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.