BBFC classifies Metal Gear Solid 4 for UK

Snake's last hurrah gets rated 15 in Britain; ratings board lets slip minor plot spoilers.

The British Board of Film Classification should need no introduction to British gamers, after making headline news over its banning of Rockstar's Manhunt 2, and the ensuing court case that Rockstar eventually won.

This was shortly followed by Dr Tanya Byron's government-commissioned Byron Report, which examined the effects of games and the Internet on children in Britain. The report called for a high-profile campaign to educate parents on video game age ratings and consoles' parental controls.

After granting Grand Theft Auto IV an 18 rating without incident, and, more importantly, without cuts, the BBFC yesterday classified Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PlayStation 3 and posted the result on its Web site.

Snake's final mission passed the board without any cuts and will be rated 15 due to "strong violence." In addition to the classification, the BBFC also inadvertently released some minor plot details due to what BBFC spokesperson Sue Clark said was a "computer glitch."

Clark told GameSpot that because the full decisions often contain minor plot spoilers, the "Extended Classification Information" shouldn't appear more than 10 days before the release of a game. According to the BBFC, a "computer glitch" resulted in the ECI for Metal Gear Solid 4 going up too early, and it was subsequently taken down and will be reposted closer to the game's UK release on June 12. Clark also pointed out that the ECI is primarily intended for parents, so that they can see what is in a game that they are considering to purchase for their children.

After the connection issues and postponement of the PlayStation Network Metal Gear Online beta, fans of the series will be relieved to know that Metal Gear Solid 4 has passed the final classification hurdle.

Meanwhile, the BBFC has also rated an unannounced THQ game, Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise. The game has been given a U for Universal rating. Rare confirmed that it was working on a Viva Pinata DS game last July, but has been quiet on the Pinata front since then.

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Discussion

57 comments
maverick_76
maverick_76

I'm feeling that it will get a 9.0, mainly because it is going to be awesome and also partly because it is MGS, a Kojima production.

7loo
7loo

@pycho22solid the only ppl who doesnt appeal to MGS are the ones who cant read or doesnt understand whats going on around them

worthlessdude66
worthlessdude66

i'll get this game i can't wait for the porno books they have in this game

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Its gonna be great but I still don't think it's the game thats totally going to "save" PS3. You gotta remember: MGS is not exactly a series that appeals to everyone, its major fans are usually more on the serious side

longlong123
longlong123

Viva Pinata should get a AO rate... Extreme Violence, Canibalism, Incest.... U rate? You gotta be kidding me... Nah, Of course it was a joke.

Unreal_fighter
Unreal_fighter

Doesnt suprise me... Most MGS games got a 15 rated

Slashv86
Slashv86

i havent played any metal gear so im hiped bout gta4 metal gear sounds good but i hav to pla otherz b4 it isnt it only 4 ps3 i hav 360

Naruto62208
Naruto62208

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GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

Online would be a bonus for me, I'm more into the single player of these games, they just rule. Well all but snake eater, snake eater was kinda boring lol, but man this game looks killer, been following it for a couple years now.

funnysplay
funnysplay

MetalGear is gonna blow online games out of the water!

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

yo "nrCooldude", don't worry, imagine what gamers in Africa are getting... PS2s and **** I feel sorry for those countries that don't have Xbox Live services... But these are the ones that are gonna rise the numbers for the Sony sales. Coz really... Most people get 360 coz of Live and Halo 3, let's face it...

SystemEncephale
SystemEncephale

GTA IV Ninja Gaiden 2 Fallout 3 Aliens Colonial Marines Gears of War 2 Fable 2 Metal Gear Solid 4 Star Wars Force Unleashed Those are the games I plan on purchasing this year that, thus far meet my high taste. The crappy part is, I have to pay over $600 just to play ONE of the games listed. Can anyone guess which title I am referring to? Hint: there is 4 exclusive titles in that list. 3 of which belong to the 360, the other 1 belongs to the PS3. Yeah I am ticked. But I am dumb enough to do it because I am such an MGS fan. And no I won't buy the other non exclusives for the PS3 for many different reasons. On a lighter note, I am sure MGS4 will be the PS3's first killer amp. After over a year and a half of the console being out. Took them long enough.

shadowking34
shadowking34

this game is going rock and it going to be the number one game in u.s.a

nrCooldude
nrCooldude

I feel like I'm the unluckiest guy on earth. I live in India and we still dont have anything blu-ray here. so i'll have to buy an xbox 360 (not that its bad, just that ps3 is shaping out to be better), so i wont be able to play MGS4, at least not soon. I still get GTA IV though, yay..

tsiper
tsiper

Yes Yes Yes MGS4 is going to ROCK ROCK ROCK Snake rules Everything I need to know in life I learned from Metal Gear!

the_sorrow_MGS_
the_sorrow_MGS_

Im sorry but GTA4 is just a time killer to me. MSG4 is the biggest and best release of the year IMO.

DaMiGi22863
DaMiGi22863

In the Gamespot article itself, there wasn't any "Spoilers" per se, so I don't know what all the fuss is about and in fact, the article even mentions that the "spoilers" they speak about were taken down after the people in charge realized there was a glitch and I don't think that Gamespot would include themselves in posting spoilers in an article for a game of this magnitude.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@legend133 - Here here. Gamespot, If you pop the word spoiler in your headline then people wont read it. Durr...

legend133
legend133

make no mistake, i see the headline and i'm not reading the article.

lfg18
lfg18

Just more steps closer to MG, I Really CAN'T wait to play it, just a month, and please tuna you don't know metal gear

DaMiGi22863
DaMiGi22863

Obviously tuna_leg has been living in a cave for the last 20 or so years, anyone who doesn't know what "Metal Gear" is, has got to be the most uninformed person alive on the planet.

DiabolicalX
DiabolicalX

awesome, an MA15 version of MGS4 is just what I wanted. this is going to be the game of the year for sure, either this or GTAIV

Anti-Nerd_Gamer
Anti-Nerd_Gamer

tuna dude r u serious??? I think ur the only 1 whos not lookin forward 2 MGS4, cuz hell ya I am

ronniepage588
ronniepage588

nobody said you needed it gman56- you chose wether or not to click and read this article.

tuna_leg
tuna_leg

What's Metal Gear Solid.. just give me GTA 4 thanks

gman56
gman56

Do we really need a news update for how a game is rated?

AnthraxAngel
AnthraxAngel

Everyone mustv knew that MGS4 was going to get a 15 certificate. One way of the otha, this is genuinely going to be game of the year as far as Im concerned!!!

X-7
X-7

I'll have to tell my parents they may let me get it.

Stabby
Stabby

So are we going to get an news story over every thing the BBFC rates? 2 games... 2 games have ever had a controversy... this is dull news, must be a slow day.

RedDaemon
RedDaemon

lol. Mass Effect got a 12 rating. Suck that Fox News. Rofl.

andalore
andalore

Obviously Wasnt a Very Good Plot Leak, Does Anyone Actually know what was leaked?

cbmurphy2489
cbmurphy2489

Grand Theft Auto is still the best of all action games, no doubt!

oli54321
oli54321

0678 'lol we gave mass effect a 12+ rating despite the sex scene. we're so progressive GO BRITAIN!' As it should be, it isn't like 12 year olds haven't already had years of sex education classes and are oblivious to it :P

azadiscool
azadiscool

15???????????????????????????? Anyways I was hoping for it to discuss some of the leaks

Hicks_1
Hicks_1

Just move to 360, Join us

themc_7
themc_7

just let everyone play, it's a game!

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

Stop insulting the britains! Just because they rated 15 to MGS4 doesn't mean younger kids can't play it. Everyone should play what they want whenever they want!

StarFox-Elite
StarFox-Elite

I heard the BBFC claim there was implied child rape...and tried to make it rated 18 for that....noobs, it'll be a figure of speech...the BBFC are so ignorant they don't even deserve to rate games.

Aries03
Aries03

as long as it comes out on june 12th,im very happy...

osmifura
osmifura

What! where is this going now?

sbjedi
sbjedi

the BBFC are so anoying for banning manhunt 2

tryfe_lyn
tryfe_lyn

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TTDog
TTDog

So if its been rated why the delay until release?

0678
0678

lol we gave mass effect a 12+ rating despite the sex scene. we're so progressive GO BRITAIN! :)

Irve
Irve

.. yes crazy !!! remind me again which country had GTA:SA pulled from sale ... it wasn't us brits with our "crazy ratings" !

ocdog45
ocdog45

british and thier crazy ratings

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

Wonder how much a company has to pay the BBFC to rate it's games for releaase in the UK ?