I'm not sure what's up with Australia. The country was founded by convicts, has a completely burly image, but gets its collective panties in a bunch over the dumbest things. Like video game violence. Left 4 Dead 2. Crimecraft, Second Life. Sexy Poker. These games and others have been kept from release or censored Down Under, and that's just in the last year. The latest title to run afoul of the Aussie bluenoses: Aliens. Vs. Predator.
Australia's Office of Film Literature Classification has refused to classify the game because:
The Predator collects "trophies" by explicitly ripping off human heads, their spinal columns dangling from severed necks. Heads 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, include ample wound detail and visible skeleton.
I'm no lover of gore for gore's sake, but come on, Australia. It's all pretend. No real spinal columns have been damaged in the making of A Vs. P... except maybe the lower back pain suffered by cubicle drones working long hours in development. Sega says they may appeal the ruling.
If you want to check out the game that's causing so much ruckus across the sea, please enjoy our hands-on video of the game below.