Aliens Vs Predator Appeal Successful, Now Rated MA15+ [Updated]

Sega has been successful in its appeal to the Classification Review Board over the refused classification of Aliens Vs Predator. The game will now be released in Australia with an MA15+ rating.

The Rebellion developed and Sega publisher shooter was originally refused classification in early December. In its report, the Classification Board cited "decapitation, dismemberment, locational damage, impalement, eye-gouging and the use of human heads as trophies" as some of the reasons why the game's high impact impact violence was deemed unsuitable for a minor to see or play.

While developer Rebellion said they would not tone down the content to meet the guidelines for an MA15+, Sega decided to appeal the original classification decision to the Classification Review Board.

That appeal has now been successful and the original classification ruling has been overturned.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the success of our appeal," says Darren Macbeth, managing drector of Sega Australia. "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever.

"This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

UPDATE: The Review Board unanimously determined that Aliens vs Predator should be classified MA 15+ with the consumer advice "Strong science fiction violence".

The Board noted that "the violence depicted in the game can be accommodated within the MA 15+ category as the violent scenes are not prolonged and are interspersed with longer non violent sequences. The violence is fantastical in nature and justified by the context of the game, set in a futuristic science-fiction world, inhabited by aliens and predators. This context serves to lessen its impact. The more contentious violence is randomly generated and is not dependent on player selection of specific moves."

Aliens vs Predator will be released in Australia with an MA15+ rating on February 18 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


Comments

    I dont see y we are complaining at least now we get to play the game right and its just 1 more reason we should have an R18+ for games

    This kind of inconsistency is what Atkinson is will use to say the board can't be trusted. You just need to look at that screen grab and you can tell it should be R18+. If we do get an R18+ i hope the MA rating becomes much stricter so that games aimed at adults end up R18.

    Why is it 15 anyway? Who decided that 15 year olds are mature enough? Having two 15 categories has always confused me. It should be a linear correlation.

    It seems the classification board is just as confused as everyone else. Well whatever I guess Australian kiddies can go around ripping peoples heads off while the USA/UK kiddies have to wait til their 18+.

    VERY TRUE - This should be refused before Left 4 Dead 2 - but its still good news. Means i can actually give the game a go.

    Now someone said a 15 y.o shouldn't be playing this. I disagree a lot. The types of things shoved in the younger generations faces these days are enough to give an 80y.o a heart attack.

    If there was a R18 rating i would gladly agree that this should be there. If there was one, the Classification board can easily group games without too much detail. For example, easily give this a R18 without considering much else.

    But i think 15yo's are exposed to much worse things than violence like Alien vs Predator. I'm no lost cause and nor are a lot of the younger generation (i'm 19 for the record) - but 15yo's are out partying and consuming alcohol and even trying drugs in todays world. Marijuana and Alcohol should be more of a problem than video game violence.

    People mature much faster than previous generations I believe and there are much gorier films out there than Alien vs Predator that are rated MA15 or even M for that matter than 15 year olds and younger children are exposed to.

    Either way, my point is, i believe a 15 or 16 and definitely a 17 year old in the present time are mature enough to decide whether a game like this is fit for them or contains too much violence they can handle. And most definitely sleep okay at night after playing such game.

    Definitely think it should've been R18+ (though their justification that it was fantastical violence that can't exactly be duplicated in real life like say gun violence or beating up a hobo can). But I'm still super happy I'll be able to buy it instead of pirate it. Hooray!

    Wow, what the goddamn hell. I don't get it. How did the L4D2 appeal get denied but this was successful? I mean, I'm more than happy we got the game but... this is far, FAR more gory than L4D2!

    Hopefully this will help towards an R18+ rating after parents complain about the game.

    *crosses fingers*

    This is just plain ridiculous

    It's good too to see that people aren't just going 'Yay it got trhough'. Gamers are thoughtful and want a R18 to protect children not harm them, this game at MA15 is not good, kids will play this and its a shame that the man who thinks he is protecting children is actually helping hurt them.

    Clearly they got this decision wrong.. looking at that screenshot alone I would rate this game R18+..

    Im so glad this passed though.. we now have our flagship game!!

    Atkinson will start crapping on about how this shouldn't even be released.. and we can say we told you so that if there were a R18+ category it could be classified accordingly..

    No matter what he now says about this game it supports our argument..

    Stick that in ya pipe and smoke it Atko..

    +1 for L4D2 no, AvP yes = ridiculous (howtospellridiculous.com)

    Good time to be a Xenomorph... bad time to be a revenant...

    Well I'm stoked. As an adult I want to play this game.

    That said this is starting to get crazy. Whats going to happen is simple. Parents will go into a store and see AvP. See that its M15 and buy it. And lets face it. Their kid will prolly be maybe 13 or 14 yrs old and they think ahh thats ok, close enough.

    If it was R18+ they would pass and get him something else.

    I'm happy that I'll get to play it uncensored, though it should still be classified as an adults only game. At least if I go ahead and import a copy to save some dosh now, I'll still be able to find other players in Australia.

    Im shocked that this got through. Really thought the appeal was gonna fail. I actually dont really like the AVP series of games, but still, suprised. It isnt, from what I can see, something that should be allowed to be played by those taht are 15, but I guess atleast it will mean that those that were going to import wont, and hopefully game store workers will let parents know what happens in the game when they go to buy it for their kid.

    To all those that said "Good, now this will help make atkinson change his mind", no, it wont. He has already stated he doesnt trust the board anyway, and he is just as consistent with them when it comes to who he is saying cant be trusted when it comes to stopping kids gain access to games that would be rated R18+ if we had an R18+ rating.

    ...Riiight... That makes perfect sense...

    Nobody was on the Board, nobody has played the game, you have no idea what you're talking about - listen to you guys gesturing your opinion like it matters.

    Wow you have the Internet, your opinion deserves to be heard!

      That's exactly right! The media release from the Classification Review Board says that the violence is relatively infrequent, is inflicted in a fantasy setting, and the darker stuff is not player controlled. You can't appreciate these aspects until you actually play the game.

    Another game to add to my 'games that should have been labeled 18+ in Aus' list. :P

    I dont know if someone already said this but IMO the reason the verdict was successfully appealed was nothing more then embarrassment.

    For Rebellion to say:

    "We will not be releasing a sanitised or cut down version for territories where adults are not considered by their governments to be able to make their own entertainment choices."

    If you think about it, that statement is a huge insult to the government, the OFLC and the general Australian public.

    Also IMO that statement also got the government concerned enough to release that document that is up for public scrutiny.

    Something weird is going on in the OFLC.

    I'm pretty sure "Re-Appealing a game classification"
    Is just code for "the publisher has decided to pay the classification board a bit more"

    Good news, will definitely check this game out.

    BTW I went to the OFLC website and had a laugh at the amount of X18+ stuff coming through. "Buttman's stretch class" FTW!

    Is everyone on this page eating glue?

    It's frikkin Aliens Versus frikkin Predators!

    It's frikkin made for frikkin 15 year olds!

    And FYI, when you complain that the game shouldn't be made available to 15 year olds, then fill your post with spelling and grammar mistakes. You kind of sound as if you are 15.

    very happy to hear this =] merry xmas!!

    The problem with this is that Atkinson won't look at this and say, "clearly we need an R18+ rating" (like the rest of us would say). He'll look at this and say "I wouldn't trust the review board to be able to tie it's own shoes".

    In fact, he's said just that on numerous occasions before and this game isn't going to change his opinion.

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