Horror-themed first-person shooter NecroVision got banned last month. Now, like F.E.A.R. 2, Fallout 3 and countless other games before it, it's coming out.
“When the player shoots an enemy combatant, a large volume of blood spray results and the enemy may be dismembered or decapitated. Injury detail is high with pieces of flesh seen flying from bodies when shot or a high level of wound detail visible on bodies. Post mortem damage occurs when bodies are shot resulting in blood spray, dismemberment and decapitation.”
Now, Games.On.Net is reporting that the game has been edited - quite significantly, it seems - and slapped with an M rating. Not the restricted MA rating, but the even more palatable M which merely "recommends" the game for mature audiences.
The Classification Board told Games.On.Net that "blood detail appears throughout the game as a grey “dust” effect when enemies are hit. Zombies fly into the air or their bodies jerk when bullets impact. However no further injury or wound detail is visible."
No blood, no dismemberment for NecroVision, then. Which only makes the whole situation even more bizarre when you consider just how many games featuring plenty of blood and even dismemberment receive an MA rating every year.
NecroVisioN: Edited zombies are okay for Aussies [Games.On.Net]