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While we're not sure what's different about it, mysterious title Ride to Hell: Retribution has been re-classified in Australia, given a new codename: Cook's Mad Recipe. Whatever you want to call it, this upcoming, open-world story of a returning Vietnam veteran looks set to be Australia's first R-rated game featuring "high impact sexual references".
To be more specific, Cook's Mad Recipe has been rated R18+ for "High impact sexual references and drug references". It's also packed with strong impact violence and drug use, with moderate impact language and nudity. This one's definitely not for kids.
Nobody, anywhere, seems to know anything about a game with that name, suggesting the publishers are using a fake title - a common (frustrating) practice in Australia. In recent years, we've seen Duke Nukem Forever snuck past as 000A, Paper, Scissors, Stone was later revealed as Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bloodhunt was Modern Warfare 2, Rise of Nightmares was Stamacsta, and EA offered a pair of primary colours: Project Red (Bulletstorm) and Project Blue (Shadows of the Damned).
In this case though, it's simply a matter of matching the dots. Cook's Mad Recipe is listed as a "modified" version, suggesting it had been submitted - and rated - before. Looking back through earlier entries, we find that Ride To Hell: Retribution was also rated, back in February, and given an R18+ rating for exactly the same reasons - "High impact sexual references and drug references".
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