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.