Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel gets Aussie R18+

While we're not going to count every single game that gets the classification, Australia's just been given its third R-rated video game, and this one's a little less suprising than the previous two. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel features high impact violence and strong impact themes, suggesting the sort of content that would have seen it refused classification had it been released before 2013.

The third title in the co-op shooter franchise (after 2008's Army of Two and 2010's The 40th Day) was one which had popped up on "most likely to" lists when Aussie gamers discussed R18+ candidates late last year - unlike Wii U exclusive Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge and free-to-play downloadable release Spartacus Legends.

The Devil's Cartel switches things up behind the scenes, using Frostbite 2 to power the game rather than the Unreal Engine 3 seen in the previous two titles. Things in front of the camera have changed as well - Salem and Rios are gone, replaced with two new T.W.O. operatives named Alpha and Bravo.

Due out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is the latest from Visceral Games, also hard at work on Dead Space 3.

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2 Responses to “Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel gets Aussie R18+”

  1. (yep it's required) says:

    “…suggesting the sort of content that would have seen it refused classification had it been released before 2013. “

    Not necessarily. The guidelines are different now. MA 15+ is more restrictive in order to accomodate R 18+. There’s no way of knowing or even guessing what any game that’s rated under the new system would have been rated under the old system.

    ..and Refused Classification is also a rating (aka classification) :)

    They’ve redefined what “strong impact” is (MA 15+) and added “high impact” (R 18+) for the first time. RC guidelines have been re-written. A game can be banned if it contains a simulated sex scene that is explicit or realistic :( Drug use related to incentives or rewards continues to be banned. Under R 18+: Implied sexual violence that is visually depicted, interactive, not justified by context or related to incentives or rewards is not permitted. Which wasn’t the case under the old MA 15+ guidelines. Implied sexual violence used to be OK under MA 15+ as long as it’s justified by context and doesn’t go beyond strong impact. (both as individual scenes and the cumulative impact).

    It’s all right here:
    http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2012L01934

    Old guidelines (2003 to 12/31/2012) :
    http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2008C00126

    Super old guidelines (April 1994 to 2003) :
    http://libertus.net/censor/history/docarchive/pdf/200108rev_class.PDF
    (pages 32 & 33)

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