Censor Watch

The Aussie Classification Board has been busy recently. Reckon you can guess what Final Fantasy XIV was rated?

Puff out your chest if you said "PG" because you would be correct.

Good news for basketball fans as NBA 2K11 has been classified, thus making it almost certain that 2K will release it here. You just never know with these weird American sports, so it's encouraging to see it on track.

Nintendo's Wii Party hasn't been dated for release in Australia, but it's now been classified, suggesting that we'll see it sometime this year after all. It's a mini-game collection in case you hadn't realised.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has had Full House Poker classified, a game we've not actually heard of and assume has yet to be officially announced. But it's poker - most likely on XBLA - so we're not particularly interested.

Look, there's Goldeneye! And The Force Unleashed II! And uh... a new Tony Hawk.

Oh, and what the heck is Divergent Shift? We're asking Konami right now.

Bakugan: Defenders of the Core (Activision) G Barbie Groom and Glam Pups (THQ) G Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction (Namco Bandai) PG BlayzBloo: Battle X Battle (Nintendo) G CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (Ubisoft) M Divergent Shift (Konami) G DJ Hero 2 (Activision) PG Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Namco Bandai) M EyePet: Move Edition (Sony) G Family Tennis (Nintendo) G Family Trainer Treasure Adventure (Namco Bandai) G Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix) PG Full House Poker (Microsoft) G Gallop & Ride (THQ) G Goldeneye 007 (Activision) PG Halo: Reach (Microsoft) MA15+ John Daly's Prostroke Golf (Tuff Kat) G Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) G Making History II: The War of the Worlds (AFA) PG Marvel Super-Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet (THQ) PG NBA 2K11 (2K) G PlayStation Move Starter Disc (Sony) PG Red Dead Redemption: Legends and Killers (Rockstar) MA15+ Sports Champions (Sony) G Sports Island 3 (Hudson Soft) G Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (LucasArts) PG Start the Party! (Sony) G Tony Hawk Shred (Activision) G Wii Party (Nintendo) G Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Master of the Cards (Konami) G


    A new CSI? i can hardly conatin myself!

    Golden eye only has a PG rating - how can that be right?

    Alsi i would have thought force unleashed would have been at least M... what with all the light saber limb severing and death-by-electricution...

    The ratings board puzzles me..

    Also, apart from an R18+ rating, i'd liek to push for a C for crap rating that should apply to all future Tony Hawk and Poker games...

    force unleashed 2, pg? i thought that it was going to involve slicing and such?

      No blood.

        so violence is fine as long as it's not bloody? lol

        besides, lightsabres and blasters cauterize wounds anyway, so there wouldn't be any blood even if they wanted blood...

        I would have thought that decapitation would have been a good reason for an M

          And, you know, electrocuting people with Force Lightning.

          But hey, who am I to judge?

            or lifting someone up with the force and throwing them against walls until every bone in their body shatters and the life is drained from them...

            ... god i miss play Force Unleashed... lol

        Its amazing how that is the deciding factor. Halo gets a MA because of tiny amount of blood, but force unleashed, where you are encouraged to electrocute, strangle and destroy everythig in your path gets a PG.

        I should just give up trying to understand these people :P

          The bigger question for me was why did the first Force Unleashed get an M? For that matter why do the Transformers games get an M, they're aimed at kids and robot on robot violence isn't exactly the same impact as Halo.

    Goldeneye PG? wtf?

      And protesters against the R18+ rating wonder why kids get easy access.....

    I think all the ratings should just move up one. Eg. G becomes PG, PG becomes M, M becomes MA15+ and MA15+ becomes R18. That scales works well in most cases. But I guess without the R18, the system remains broken.

      I agree that there's a lot of MA games that need to be rated R but with PG and M the OFLC is too zealous, hardly anything on the market is rated PG anymore - not only games but movies as well, what was the last PG movie anyone saw? They market things like Avatar and Transformer at kids yet they're rated M - it baffles me!

    I glanced over these and did a double take. I misread "John Daly’s Prostroke Golf" as "John Daly’s Prostate Golf". Don't think that would have gotten a G rating. :P

      You should see how he swings the club

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (LucasArts) PG

    But the more recent Star Wars films are M, and surely shifting the perspective to the player's eyes would increase the immersion in the violence. And last time I saw, there was a hell lot of violence...

    Divergent Shift sounds like a racing game.

    And in the misreading titles section I read CSI: Fatal Conspiracy as CSI: Fatal Cosplay...

    Honestly I blame the SC2 article about cosplayers and the Poison cosplayer for putting cosplayers into my brain. That being said Fatal Cosplay sounds like it would be at least funny.

    Hmm died in costume, must have been somebody else there, who was dressed to kill. YEEAAAAAHHHHHHHH.....

      I would totally play that game.

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