Here's Why Aliens Vs Predator Was Refused Classification In Australia

Decapitation, dismemberment, locational damage, impalement, eye-gouging and the use of human heads as trophies: that's why Aliens vs Predator was refused classification in Australia, as we reported this morning.

The official Classification Board report on the title says the Sega game is "unsuitable for a minor to see or play" because it "contains violence that is high in impact."

Here's the full description of the content in question:

"The game contains first-person perspective, close-up depictions of human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as location damage such as stabbing through the chest, throat, mouth or eyes.

Characters can be stabbed with a Predator's wrist blade or an Alien's tail in depictions reminiscent of impalement. The Predator collects "trophies" by explicitly ripping off human heads, their spinal columns dangling from severed necks.

Head can be twisted completely around in order to break a character's neck. Eyes can be stabbed through or gouged, leaving empty, bloodied eye sockets.

It is noted that a player is able to combine manoeuvres together in quick succession, which further increases impact; for example, a Predator can stab a character through both eyes with its wrist blade and then rip off their head, with spinal column still attached. Extensive post mortem damage, including decapitation and dismemberment, is also possible.

Depictions of violence such as the above are accompanied by copious amounts of blood and gore, including ample wound details and visible skeleton.

In the opinion of the Board, the violence in the game causes a high playing impact due to its first-person, close-up perspective, conceptual nature and the level of explicit detail involved in the depictions. The game is therefore unsuitable for a minor to see or play and should be refused classification."

In essence, similar to the situation with Left 4 Dead 2, it's the human appearance of the victims of such high level violence that increases the impact.

Sega told us earlier today that they are considering all their options, including the possibility of an appeal. We'll update you when we hear more.


    thank god i live in the uk.are goverment actually lets adults decide themselves wether to play adult games and this beauty is top of my list.bring it on sega

    The classification board has to classify this against minors because they have not adult classification. this is a failure of the classificaion board, not a game that cannot be classified. The Classification Board should be either disolved or updated.

    Damn wowser country. Hi Ho it's off to import I go.

    The bannings are getting out of control now. This isn't any more violent than the AvP movies or even the original predator when it came out in the 80's.

    An 18+ rating is needed. This is getting beyond a joke.

    I'm getting mighty sick & tired of the whingy
    ratings board.
    I don't even particularly want Alien Vs Predator but they fact it's being banned is more than offensive.

    I imported Left 4 Dead 2, and enjoy it because it's silly fun. I laughed out loud and repeatedly when a friend showed me the AUS edited version.

    In fact, it offended me more than anything that OFLC can dream of banning.

    They are idiots. I don't like to be told what to enjoy or see. They can go fly a kite.

    *awaits michael atkinson decapitation bypredator photoshop image*

    I think the whole do we need an R18+ rating for games in Australia if the Classification Board could be asked whether they think one is needed i.e. are there games that they think are suitable for viewing by 18+ individuals but due to not having the rating must be refused. Also that would have to be allowed to answer honestly.

    All this faffy language is killing me.

    Oh noes! A terrible looking liscence game will not be allowed in!

    The idea of banning something that could easily be rated R really annoys me. *Sigh* better donate to G4C again and sign up some more people.

      Actually, the AVP games are the exception to the rule when it comes to Licensed games. This game is not a crappy movie tie in like Avatar or Enter the matrix or the etc

    If GEN Y could separate reality to fiction I am sure they would allow the game, but the fact is GEN Y play these games and then go out into the streets and think they can carry it out in real life, the simple fact that bashings are threw the roof in the last 10 years and the fact that two blokes going toe to toe is not the norm any more, you want to kill the bloke with your mates and leave there for dead, jump on his head, kick him while he is down, put a knife threw him, it would be more appropriate if they ban more games until you can separate reality from fantasy, because in real life, you just don't press restart and everything is back the same way.

    Aww cmon, Aliens & Predators have been doing this for years!

    Oh and Kotaku, when you get a chance to interview the God of War peoples, ask them for me:

    Will God of War III be available in Australia?

      I am dead scared that the answer will be 'never'. You kil Perseus in the most gruesome way and that's in the first HOUR of the game. Add to the fact that he looks 100% human, I'm not so sure it's gonna fly

      I would not surprise me if the game got banned.

      So I am seriously thinking of waiting for the game to come out in the US, confirm that it region free (region locking is still an option in PS3), and then import *before* it gets submitted for classification.

    I was going give this game a skip after Rogue Warrior but the Board have convinced me otherwise.
    Thanks for the info, I might actually try to get this game

    Actually, it sounds disgusting. To hear the excitement in the comments... SOUNDS FRICKEN AWESOME ... is also disturbing. The same thing depicted in cinemas is disturbing. Sure, if I don't like it, I don't watch it or play it, but we all still run the risk of some lunatic getting ideas from what he sees. Some moron just got busted for trying to mimic Dexter FFS. Minors will inevitably get to see and play the game regardless because gore-gamers, like idiots with their car music jacked right up, will think that everyone else is thrilled to be a part of what they are entertaining themselves with. It's not fricken awesome... it's fricken wrong!

    I read that Rebellion aren't making a 'cut' version of AvP as well just to suit Australia etc.

    I also heard that SEGA dont make region free games they tend to lock them to regions so importing an NTSC from US/Play-Asia might not work, would have to be a PAL.

    Though these are rumoured information so I dont know how accurate they are.

    Gamers4Croydon is a political party in South Australia with the primary aim of putting political pressure on Michael Atkinson and raising awareness of the lack of an R18+ classification. We're planning on running a candidate against Mr Atkinson in Croydon, as well as at least a candidate in the Legislative Council for people who don't live in Croydon.

    If you're interested in the R18+ classification, head over to, and tell as many people as you can about it. The more people know about Atkinson's lies, the harder it'll be for him to get away with them.

    Chris Prior

    I game, I vote.

    well whop de fucking do theres dismember ment in the first 3 games,goin on from Aliens vs Predator then into AvP 2 with better graphics then came out AvP 2 Primal Hunt,better graphics granted that there ain’t as much blood as in the games out now but thats not the point the point is you let the first 3 games thru and they all had dissmemberment and seriously by denying it your just gettin alot of aussies really pissed off who gives a fuck how gorey it is,take serious sam HD thats got a lot of gore in it with the option to change the gore type to hippy(flours and rainbows instead of blood and gibs) childerens(candy kans and stars instead of blood and gibs) then theres the normal which is just blood and gibs like normal i guess just put that into the game and most it password protected for adults to change it and keep it that way problem solved lots of people happy too

    More bullshit.

    At last a modicom of sence from the regulators.
    The most at risk in the population are not little kids but people heavily represented in the earlier comments above. This game leads them further down an irrsponsible and immature path in life. Vulnerable people need protecting from themselves so that the rest of us dont need protecting from them in the future.
    Games of violence are fine, if and only if, they do not be allowed to continually esculate in the LEVEL of violence.
    Enjoy the gaming....not the gore

    The thing that's annoying is that everybody knows this should be R18+, but due to some douchy tactics by certain Attorney Generals the classification board can't give that rating. The sad thing is I can't see us getting a R18 rating anytime soon, unless Atko gets kicked out of his seat, who wants to run for SA?

    I cant believe they are doing this, what about free online games, just as bad.. Oh hang on what about porn, drugs, violence against kids, proper punishment for people who commit crime etc etc... Oh no lets be gutless and waste our lives from stopping people have fun....

      Incase your not aware but the current fedral governement is also currently testing a mandatory internet filter that australians will not be able to opt out of.

      what alot of people dont realise too is that Australia in General is a center right country, both our main political parties are center right..dispite what one side may claim.

    Where can I buy this game for my kids? Sounds fun ....

    i'm shattered by this news, i almost wet myself when i first heard they were making this for 360. i guess i'll have to import it from overseas, but i've never done that before. can anyone tell me what i need done to my xbox to play imports?

    I actually think this is a good thing. If more developers refused to edit their games for the Australian market, it would give local retailers more incentive to lobby the government to get the R18+ rating in place (since we'll all be buying AvP from overseas now).

    While Atkinson can block the rating, the government can put pressure on him to relent, and in the face of enough lobbying from developers, publishers and retailers, I'm sure they would.

    Well in all honesty I am being desensitized to violence in games at least. I started playing COD 4 thinking wow a head shot is gory in this game. I then moved on to COD 5 and saw limbs being blown off and thought wow this is violent. I then looked back at COD 4 and didn't react a bit. Next came L4D2 and I saw guts and smashed out backs and heads and thought wow this is insane. Again now I don't even react a little bit when I go through a horde of zombies with a chain saw cutting the down.

    I now have played the AVP game demo and I think I have seen all the kills. This is truly the most gory game I have ever seen. When a predator kills an alien, or an alien a predator, I don't care because the blood is green and they don't look human. When either of these kills a human it is pretty bad. As described some of the kills really amazed me when I played. However I play COD 6 and I can't find the gore and yet I don't miss it.

    I think gore in games is just to cover bad game play. AVP is a very boring game with whoever rounds the corner on the enemy first gets the kill. There is no strategy other than for the humans to work together, and if you are stuck as a human you are food. I wish they wouldn't rely on just the gore to sell the game, although reading a few comments it seems they are doing a good job with it.

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