More R18+ games approved for Australia



blog It was only a little over a week ago that the Classification Board approved the first R18+ video game to be launched in Australia in the form of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, following new legislation supporting R18+ games taking effect on 1 January. And now we have word that that wasn’t an anomaly, with the news that the Classification Board has approved two more games as R18+ in Australia. Gaming site Player Attack (click here for the full article) reports:

Australia’s second R-rated video game has been revealed – and just like the first, it’s a little bit unusual. The land Down Under has now been given its first free-to-play adults-only title [Spartacus Legends], released only on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network – and it’s a television series tie-in, to boot.

And Kotaku brings us the news that there’s a third game to be classified R18+ as well (we recommend you click here for the full article):

Word has come in from EA that Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, the latest in a third-person shooter series based on cooperative play, is the third game to receive the new R18+ classification, for “high impact violence”.

We haven’t played Spartacus Legends, but we have played the original Army of Two game, and we have to say it’s a pretty decent effort, focusing on cooperative play. It’s a good thing that it’s able to be released in Australia unmodified. This isn’t the kind of game which you’d want kids to be playing — it’s really aimed at two adult guys hanging out, grabbing a few beers and cooperating to blast away some bad guys on their XBox 360 or PlayStation 3. ‘Adult themes’ abound here, and we’re glad to see it classified as R18+. Now if only Valve could deliver on its hints and deliver an uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 ;)

Image credit: EA (Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel)


  1. No longer being classified as a child is excellent news.

    “Does not stop you from being one” ~ comments from the wife.

  2. And the sky continues to not fall. All the hoopla surrounding why it was such a bad idea pretty much pales into insignificance when you see the system actually working as intended.

    It also means the classification board can shift a number of titles that would be banned outright (due to graphic nature) or let slide through under MA15+ (when it’s borderline at best) into the appropriate classification.

  3. This has no significance anyway. I’m 16 and wanted an 18+ game that has just come out, so I jumped on to JB-HI-FI online and bought it from there… Easy, no ID needed.

  4. Hey this is working well. Let’s not allow State of Decay and Saints Row IV. I mean realllyyy. If someone can’t tell the difference between Fantasy and Reality then they are an idiot. Banning state of decay because of the drug thing. I mean there are plenty of games where pills are used for health.
    Saints Row IV for the anal probing. Cmon, the game is silly. It is ment to be silly. Destroy all humans had anal probing?? I just don’t understand what the point of R18 is if this is just going to happen?? It was introduced so games can be bought by adults. I have a feeling this will just make people want to pirate it more. Either way. Pirating or jsut ordering from overseas people will still get the game so why bother?

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