Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars rated MA 15+ down under

First GTA DS game gets highest rating available down under; Rockstar says no changes had to be made for Australian version.

Like almost every other Grand Theft Auto game released in Australia, Grand Theft Auto IV wasn't without its controversies last year. Ever since the franchise's Nintendo DS debut was announced at the E3 Business & Media Summit in 2008, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars has been closely followed, given that such a mature, violent game is a rarity on the platform. Aussie gamers will be pleased to hear that GTA: Chinatown Wars has successfully made it through the Classification Board, earning itself an MA15+ classification.

Staying true to previous games in the franchise, the warning sticker on GTA: Chinatown Wars box will advise consumers that it has "Strong drug references, coarse language, and sexual references." This development comes a week after the British Board of Film Classification in Britain classified GTA: Chinatown Wars a rating of 18+, the highest game-classification category in that system.

When GameSpot AU contacted Rockstar Games' local arm to find out whether any cuts had been made to the game prior to its submission in Australia, a Rockstar rep told us that it will be the same version as the rest of the world.

With most Nintendo DS games being placed under either the General or Parental Guidance recommended bracket, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars joins the small band of games--Resident Evil: Deadly Silence and Dementium: The Ward, just to name a few--that have MA15+ ratings in Australia.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is due out on the 20th of March. Stay tuned for the review soon.

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22 comments
NintyBoy30
NintyBoy30

wow, i was expecting a massive M letdown but ths justblew me away

muffin65
muffin65

Im really looking forward to this now ^^

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Can't believe this is considered "Top Story", let alone news worthy. Exactly what were people expecting anyway? Now if the headline had read "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars rated G down under", that would be something worth telling.

jjr10
jjr10

More surprisingly, Madworld = MA15 rating here. I was sure that was gonna be banned.

polodoro
polodoro

Classification is a complete joke; that no one will take the blame for.

Spider-Jim
Spider-Jim

woop!! That'll keep me occupied at work!!!

so_hai
so_hai

So now when something passes through the cencorship board as normal it becomes news? What a scoop!

Payback7
Payback7

@Sillygostly - pretty sure Dementium has been released hey. Good mate of mine picked it up from Gametraders a while back. Recons it looks awesome, but it's pretty hard? Not my type of game - but yeah there ya go. Give Gametraders a go :) Good luck!

qualbert
qualbert

Actually resident evil for DS was MA15+ so GTA: Chinatown Wars isn't the 1st MA15+ DS game...

Sillygostly
Sillygostly

Speaking of which, when the HELL is Dementium gonna be released in Australia?! We've been waiting WELL over a year now! It was originally scheduled for an August 2008 released, then it was pushed back to November... January and now MARCH?! When will the suffering end?!

cheater87
cheater87

I hope its released uncut and uncensored in America. If not I would have to import it from the UK.

DarthSnipa
DarthSnipa

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Jekken6
Jekken6

The game looks like GTA2

tim22000
tim22000

lolloolol i always thought china would be a good place to set gta but they actually done it! ... too bad i dont have a ds

koolmodean
koolmodean

LMAO thats the funniest thing ive eva heard a full m15+ hardcore ds game lol

Burning-Sludge
Burning-Sludge

Finally a game that I can go break what ever I want, when ever I want, and where ever I want. As a bonus it ticks off the censors.

SoNin360
SoNin360

Can't wait to see how "hardcore M rated" this game will look on the DS.

WAIW
WAIW

Good, if expected.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Good. As it should be. Available, and uncut. Censorship board should got to hell anyway.