Usually, whenever we hear news about game ratings it involves a ratings board demanding ridiculous cuts to be made from a particular game, or some other kind of misunderstanding concerning a game’s content.
Fortunately, that’s not the case today, as it’s been announced that the British Board of Film Classification has given Quantic Dream's dark thriller Heavy Rain a rating of 15 for "strong language, violence and sex." And since the game passed with no cuts made, that means UK gamers will also be able to enjoy the game's nudity and kid killing in all its disturbing glory.
Speaking with INCGamers, a spokesperson for the BBFC explained the board’s decision, saying, "These are obviously not real people, or real people acting, and it all depends on the level of blood and violence. We use the same classification for games as we do for films, and this game is suitable for a 15 audience."
Considering the amount of time and effort Quantic Dream put into the casting and performance capture for the game, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the voice actors took offense to the "not real people acting" comment. Still, the board’s assessment is encouraging since it clearly demonstrates the board's willingness to extend the same artistic courtesy consistently extended to film. Also, between this, Mass Effect 2 and even Splinter Cell: Conviction, the BBFC is on a hot streak in terms of keeping a level head in terms of determining what content is or is not appropriate for the 15 and above crowd. Well done.