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Australia classifies its first R18+ game

Eleven days after Australia’s new classification system laws came into effect, introducing a long-awaited and heavily-demanded R18+ classification, Wii U title Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge has become the first to receive the new adults-only rating.

Citing consumer advice of ‘High impact bloody violence’, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge comes to Nintendo's console with full limb dismemberment along with pockets of new content. “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects,” said Classification Board director Leslie O'Brien. 

Prior to January 1, Australia had no such rating for videogames, a system that saw titles such as Syndicate and Mortal Kombat refused classification and rendered illegal for display or sale in Australia. Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, says that the introduction of an R18+ rating for videogames is long overdue. 

“The classification guidelines for video games are now more closely aligned with the guidelines for film and TV which makes it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the interactive content they choose to buy and play,” Curry said. “It’s great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than ten years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category.”

An Australian release date for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is still TBA. 

8 comments

  • Hobbitking17 - January 12, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    I want to buy it just because it's the first R18+ game here.
  • ZeeCaptain - January 12, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    It's interesting how different countries handle the censorship that goes for games and media for its citizens, like how a game in the US will be rated M but in Australia it'll be censored, or how in Japan the anime's will have violence and risque scenes that get censored for the US versions.
  • bamit11 - January 11, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    With this announcement I hope they add usable drugs in Fallout 4, the animations I mean. They would make the game way more immersive.
  • ZeeCaptain - January 12, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    That's an interesting concept, and yea it would be good for immersion, but seeing how jet and psycho and stimpacks are usually used when shooting a bandit or vaporizing a robot you wouldn't always have time to "shoot up" in between reloads and head shots.
  • CUFCfan616 - January 11, 2013 5:59 a.m.

    One big obstacle to Australian developers and the gaming industry over here is gone, but there's still the problem of every game being marked up for the pure fact that we're in Australia. As great as it will be that I could walk into a shop and buy GTA V off the shelf and there being nothing cut, but not when it's 30-50% more expensive than UK/US prices
  • Tranquilbez34 - January 10, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    Ironic how it's a Wii U game, nevertheless this is a big step for my country and I'll be 18 next month meaning I will be able to get GTA V as god (RockStar) Intended. AWESOME!
  • jackthemenace - January 11, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    When I lived in Aus, I was about 12, so I didn't really get game ratings, and had no idea about the lack of R18+ for games. Now, living in the Uk and having just turned 18 myself, I feel for you. It's a shame that Aus has to have so much censored, if it gets released at all, because of the lack of the R rating, and it's refreshing to see that governments are wising up to what people want to see, even in a 'niche' market like gaming. Pity it's Ninja Gaiden, though.

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