Madworld passes through Aussie censors

Ultrastylised gladiator sports game receives MA15+ rating; Sega confirms that no edits were made to Aussie version.

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Hot on the heels of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars' Aussie classification, word has come down that another game tipped to feel the wrath of the Classification Board's ban hammer--Madworld--had passed through the rating process without a hitch, receiving an MA15+ classification.

When GameSpot AU contacted a local Sega rep to find out if anything had to be cut for Madworld to pass through the local censors, a spokesperson confirmed to us that Australia would be receiving the same build as the rest of the world. Internationally, the game has been classified 18+ by the BBFC in the UK, while an ESRB rating is still pending in North America.

Using a limited colour palate, Madworld portrays the ultrastylised story of a man called Jack who is fighting for his life in a death-sports TV show called Death Watch. Thanks to the inclusion of some really violent moves, including impaling an enemy's head onto a pole, Madworld was quick to gain notoriety.

Madworld is due out in March, so stay tuned for our review in the coming weeks.

Discussion

38 comments
FRIENDLYUNIT
FRIENDLYUNIT

Woot! :) Gamers 1 Atkinson 666 ...oh wait. :(

games5522
games5522

Lord_Artix: Fallout 3 was released in Australia. We got the same version the rest of the world got because Bethdesa changed the international version to match the Australian version. I've watched a video of Madworld, and it really doesn't look that gory to me.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Agreed mrklorox, this is a bit odd. I wouldn't trust the OFLC as far as I could piss on it.

mrklorox
mrklorox

I'm still betting that something was cut, but that the press/public was lied to. Just like with GTA4.

so_hai
so_hai

What a scoop! A game gets approved for sale! That's unheard of!

maxgil2
maxgil2

I ain't complaining, but is just shows that Aust censorship is seriously flawed & need to create an adult rating for games

crudmanIV
crudmanIV

These bans confuse me because just yesterday I saw silent hill homecoming in a sydney EB. It was in the "coming soon" area and was rated MA. Anyone know what's going on there?

jmesh
jmesh

cooooooooool....now i hope afro samurai passes too

chappy_man
chappy_man

stylised is apparently okay haha.

cutmaclass1
cutmaclass1

I'm very surprised. I guess when it's all cartoony they don't care.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

So what kind of crack are the Aussie ratings board on? Fallout 3 gets the ban-hammer, Silent Hill: Homecoming did for a while, but Madworld gets through no problem? I'm glad for you Aussies that it got through, but seriously, WTF?

ragnarteeveer
ragnarteeveer

I find this whole age ratings thing kind of funny. What exactly would the arguments of both sides be in a "15+ VS 18+" dispute? And where in the world would you find the 16 and 17 year olds who actually give a **** about this rating?

daveneonfarrell
daveneonfarrell

Awesome. This games' going to rock. Glad everyone gets to enjoy it!

Wildboy124
Wildboy124

... Really? It really got through OUR sensors? How did... Well, it’s not a bad thing. Madworld looks decent for the most part, and I'm glad it got through no problems at all. But seriously, was most of the committee for the OFLC out taking a dump when they voted or something? Or, maybe the OFLC has secretly changed to have a half decent committee! Ah, what a dream it would be... Still, good to hear. I thought this was going to be a certified import for me, and I'm glad it isn't. Finally gamers in Australia are not getting the raw deal on classification in Oz.

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Deano: *Pat, pat.* There's no need to be jealous, kiddo.

Deano
Deano

wii exclusive = automatic fail.

thps48
thps48

This could make up for Manhunt. In fact, there's nothing to make up for, so it's an Ignore/Win. If the meaning behind this message escapes you, Manhunt sucks and I've been ignoring it...

chakkerz
chakkerz

marvelous, now all it has to do, is be decent...

Lainehart
Lainehart

First of all, thank god. Second, the fact that things like this are even news worthy is proof that our games rating system is in dire need of change.

-CheeseEater-
-CheeseEater-

I would have betted 50 bucks that this game was going to be Banned here down under. I am sure as hell happy it isn't.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

That will mean Resident Evil 5 will also get a MA rating without any problems.

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

It's no Manhunt 2 but it sure is violent.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

I'm surprised the game is having such an easy time of it, hmm maybe its not as violent as it would appear. Or the rating boards realized that this game couldn't influence people to have chainsaws retrofitted to their arms and run amok in a city throwing people like human darts.

dareough
dareough

that is good then we in the us will probaly just get an m rating and not the dreaded a rating

cigarcat
cigarcat

Wow. Maybe this games trailers are misleading in the vast ammounts of violence it seems to have. Either way, it looks awesome.

jjr10
jjr10

I actually knew this before GTA, but its great news. This + HOTD = Wii sexy violence.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Without a hitch? Just like GTA4 did without a hitch? OH WAIT, GTA4 had things removed, only we didn't find out about it till like the week before release. I smell BS. The same thing was said about GTA4 (IE the world would get the same copy) but turns out the choice of service and camera are disabled when using a prostitute. Not major; but the people were lied to, regardless.

Gorge-a-Maniac
Gorge-a-Maniac

Just goes to show the OFLC's ratings system is schizophrenic in it's application. That said - the fact this got through unscathed is great news.

Spartan_JN
Spartan_JN

Wow i was expecting them to have to edit.. finally the OFLC has made a good decision!!!!

elozl
elozl

wow! who could have guessed that?

adamus007
adamus007

I thought the censors would get a hold of this for sure!