Grand Theft Auto V rated R18+ for Australia

GTA V receives maximum R18+ rating in Australia; local version to be identical to the rest of the world.

Australian gamers who were concerned that upcoming open-world title Grand Theft Auto V would befall the same fate as the recently twice refused classification Saints Row IV can rest easy, with Rockstar Games’ next major release today receiving the country’s maximum R18+ rating.

The ruling, which can be viewed on the Classification Board’s website, reveals that the game includes strong impact themes, violence, language, nudity, and sex, as well as high-impact drug use. The report lists the submission as “original”, with a Rockstar Games spokesperson confirming to GameSpot that the local release will be identical to versions sold in other territories.

GTA V takes place in Los Santos, a fictional re-creation of Los Angeles, and will star three main characters: Franklin, a former street gangster; Michael, a bank robber eager to get back into the game; and Trevor, a drug-addicted psychopath. The game will launch on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17 this year.

An online petition for a PC version of the game has attracted almost 300,000 signatures to date. Co-founder Dan Houser previously said that while no PC version has been announced, it is "up for consideration".

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229 comments
DWalker131
DWalker131

@tom2750 its the principle ! lol i'm not giving my money to a country that tells me how to think, what i can play and what i can't play, but if your asking if its cheaper, in most cases yes it is, even look at Assassins Creed 3 join or die EB games $98.28 or get it from Zavvi £51.98 which is $90.09....(that is if you don't mind 2 - 3 weeks delivery time) and their new release games drop in prices pretty quick as well e.g The Last of Us EB games $98 or Zavvi charges £33.98 which is about $67.51

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

FINALLY I am so glad this is happening, no more little kids playing a game full of drugs, F bombs, alcohol and hookers, I've been waiting for this anouncement since R18+ got accepted for games, now let's hope COD Ghosts gets a similar anouncement...

darthturkey
darthturkey

@bgghgubcjhgknjk kids will  still play it, as some parents dont care what they play, R 18 doesnt mean nothing to some parents

DarkManiaN_1979
DarkManiaN_1979

So many hours about to be spent soaking R* awesomeness up. First road trip: Chilliad base jumping.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

love that wallpaper!

fazio93
fazio93

why is Australia so ruthless in their censorship? they ban a new media item every other day..

bfa1509
bfa1509

Doesn't matter what rating is put on it, idiot parents will still buy it for their 10 year olds then complain about how games cause violence etc.

OrdosAlpha
OrdosAlpha

GTAV gets an R18+ rating down under, and SR4 gets refused classification. I wonder why? Oh, that's right! GTAV is a top quality game, where as SR4 is a steaming pile of excrement that only morons will want to touch. Good to see the Aussie government stepping in to prevent such trash from being sold to its citizens.

rbereczki
rbereczki

So no anal probes in GTA V, then? Way to dodge that bullet, Rockstar!

محمد عمرو
محمد عمرو

لزم يعملو كدة اللعبة فيها اشياء وش كويسة وانا عارف من الاول

Hurvl
Hurvl

@محمد عمرو Jag instämmer med föregående talare!

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

The reasons why Saint's Row IV was banned in Australia:

- Drugs use for stat boosts or any materieal incentive. The game rewarded you for taking drugs with a stat boost. The same thing happened to State of Decay.

- Sexual violence that is not justified by context. Why would you use the anal probe? For shits and giggles and nothing else.

I'm going to assume that GTA V does not have any of this, which is why that got a pass in Australia and Saints Row IV didn't. GTA has a real world depiction of drugs. You smoke weed in the world of GTA, you get high, not +20 Accuracy and +5 to strength. Someone more informed than I can talk about whether GTA has had sexual violence not justified by context.

Disclaimer: Before anyone says I'm for censorship, I'd like to say I'm not. I'm just laying down the facts. The whole basis for censorship is stupid. OMG, you get stat buffs for doing drugs in a video game, people will thing it ok to do drugs irl. PFFT!! Idiots.

rbereczki
rbereczki

@blaze_boy30"Sexual violence that is not justified by context."

Uhmm... in what context, other than for shits and giggles in a video game, would you say sexual violence is justified?

Regarding stat boosts from drugs, I only use alcohol to boost my Confidence and Outgoing stats. The first few beers also boost my Charisma and Social Skills stats, but after a few more beers those get a negative modifier and I gain the Asshole attribute. I smoke weed to boost my Insight, Wisdom and Music Appreciation stats, although at the expense of Motivation and Coherence and the additional Sleepy attribute.

Also consider, athletes use performance enhancing drugs all the time, so I'd say Saints Row correctly portrays reality in this regard. ;-)

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

@blaze_boy30 the law actually says regarding drugs that it shouldn't be modelled around real world drugs, that's why morphene in fallout had to be renamed, because it was based on a real drug, alien drugs that give you superpowers are hardly based on real drugs are they? and how is the anal probe from destroy all humans 2 fine with an M15+ rating but one in SR4 above an R18+ rating?

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

@bgghgubcjhgknjk@blaze_boy30 It is true that both games were flagged for drug usage but within a different context. The actual wording used by the review board banning SRIV was "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards". Alien stat-boosting drugs fall into that category. The reason why Fallout 3 change morphine to Med-X was because in the review board's words, "realistic visual representations of drugs and their delivery method [bringing] the 'science-fiction' drugs in line with 'real-world' drugs." (quote from wikipedia). The name of the drug was changed and the animation for taking the drug was removed. Why Med-X was not flagged for giving you +25 Damage Resistance for 4 min., I can't tell you that.

As for Destroy All Humans 2, Idk the Review Board's reasoning for letting it slide but I'll take a stab: So I looked at the anal probe gun from DAH2 on YouTube and then listened to how the anal probe from SRIV works. The DAH2 gun shoots a projectile into the victims anus and causes their head to explode. There anal penetration, but it's not very realistic. Now we come to SRIV, the player themselves has to take the probe and jam it up the target's anus and then launch them into the air at the pull of a trigger. It's the first portion of that maneuver that got to the review board. In the real world, people have been sodomized by phallic or cylindrical objects. Therefore, SRIV depiction of anal probing is much closer to the real world than DAH2 form of anal probing.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

@rbereczki @blaze_boy30 Let's not misconstrue my words now. No form of sexual violence is acceptable. In order to help you understand what I said, let me give you an example: If there is a story that has a character who is struggling with getting over years of repeated sexual abuse they face as a child, then the depiction of sexual violence within that story has a reason (read: justification) for being there. I think it safe to assume that in SRIV, the anal probe does not matter in the grand scheme of things. It's just there.

 I just read that the SRIV drugs give you superpowers, not an increase in stats, so that's an error on my part.


bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

@blaze_boy30 i must say you've impressed me, somebody on gamespot actually did research on the subject, but still a whole 3 ratings difference between DAH2 and SR4 is a big difference for a fairly small difference in a weapon, plus how did far cry 3 get in fine with an MA15+ rating and that had you sniffing marijuana to get special abilities?

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

@bgghgubcjhgknjk @blaze_boy30  Thanks. Compliments are rare these days on the internet. As far as Far Cry 3 goes, I think Ubisoft got "crap past the [Aussie] radar" (any tropers on GS?). You can use the flora on the island to create syringes to give you temporary power-ups, albeit with side effects. Not sure if the plants were made up or not but it seems like it didn't matter. It got a pass. I know that hallucinogens were used for certain sequences. There was a mission where you burned marijuana fields, idk if it gave you a stat boost, but a person burning marijuana fields is definitely getting high. The review board missed that too. If anything, this just shows the inconsistency in the way the Australian Review Board flags elements of a game for censorship.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

Congratulations Aussies! You did it!

iraqips4
iraqips4

and its 50+ in iraq ..........

iraqips4
iraqips4

@Timmy_Gwar @iraqips4 huuuuuuuuuuuh ..................not at all