The Classification Board of Australia has hit Australians with another shocking blow, banning the upcoming game The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut.
In a very peculiar move, the Board blocked the game despite its original Wii release being approved back in 2009 (to a lot of controversy though). The game is published by SEGA, which is now ‘attempting’ release the game on the PS3 with extra content, and according to Joystiq, the extra content it what has caused the game to get the infamous RC rating.
Apparantly the ‘Hardcore mode’ contained in the Extended Cut version of the game, requires the player to make headshots (like all shooters) and makes the violence to high for the “…minor to see or play.” The report also states that the Extra Mutants mode which increases the amount of Mutants to kill has made the game to violent.
The board finishes its report by saying “the additional modes…and the interactive nature of the game increases the overall impact of the frequent and intense depictions of violence,” which sadly moved the Board to make the game banned here.
All is not lost, as a report from Kotaku Aus says Managing Director Darren Macbeth from SEGA Australia told them that the company will be re-submitting the game to The Classification board,saying that he feels there are ”…far worse titles currently available in the marketplace which involve more than shooting…,” as well as the belief that the game is worthy of the highest current rating, MA15+.
The currently non-existent R18+ could have potentially changed this scenario, allowing the game to be released in Australia. Games like this one will continue to get banned on our shores until this new rating is introduced. Hopefully this will get fixed very soon as the Attorney Generals have now all voiced positive opinions.