If you wanted to fast track your way to an RC rating in Australia, usually gratuitous amounts of video game dismemberment was the most efficient way to go. Now that we're on the cusp of receiving an R18+ rating in Australia, Team Ninja has claimed that the latest entry into the Ninja Gaiden series - previously a repeat offender when it comes to unnecessary gore - will no longer feature any dismemberment of any kind.
The reason? People are bored of violence.
"We don't think people want to see that anymore," claimed a spokesperson for Team Ninja. "They've already seen it."
We tend to agree. Having played versions of Ninja Gaiden minus the head slicing, I have to say I never really missed it, particularly since it wasn't really a key element of the mechanics, in the same was as, say, the upcoming Metal Gear Rising.
That said, just when we could have had it, they cruelly snatch it from our hands...
No dismemberment in Ninja Gaiden 3 [Eurogamer]