Soldier of Fortune: Payback gets "unbanned" in Australia

New Soldier of Fortune game reclassified down under thanks to "revised" version submitted by Activision.

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Last month, Activision's ultra-violent shooter Soldier of Fortune: Payback fell victim to Australia's game ratings laws, being banned for sale after it was refused classification by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC).

It seems Soldier of Fortune's fortunes have been reversed, however, with Activision Australia today releasing a statement saying a revised version of the game had been reclassified by the OFLC as MA15+ for strong violence, coarse language, and sexual references. MA15+ is the highest rating a game can be given in Australia.

An Activision Australia spokesman said the revised version of the game featured reduced rag doll physics, no dismemberment with enemies (alive or dead), and toned-down blood effects.

Soldier of Fortune: Payback joins games like Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which were both banned for a short period of time in Australia before being reclassified after some content changes.

Soldier of Fortune Payback will be available in early 2008 down under for the Xbox 360 for A$79.95, the PC for A$49.95, and the PS3 for A$89.95.

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Sick of this cr*p. Was going to buy this game, but no way i am now. i want the full game, not some censored peice of ...

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Can someone explain to me why the PS3 version is 10 bucks more expensive than the 360 version? And don't tell me it's BD manufacturing because that's the worst mark up I've seen.

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is0lati0n, i know what you mean, but there is nothing you can do. Different cultures, Different rules.

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It way too unfair to ban a game in one country but not in another. I don't understand why they would do that. Do the OFLC think that we're gonna get a gun and go on a killing spree? I think not.

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damn OFLC, Australia bans more games than any other country, jesus stop letting stupid politicians judge what we should play. Who wants to play a revised version of SoF anyway, what made the game good was its over the top violence

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LOL! This is hilarious!! I simply cannot believe how unbelievably stupid this OFLC is?!!! Within days I guarantee that there will be a patch which will unlock all the rag doll and gore features just like that!!! And get this... PATCHES ARE NOT ILLEGAL! Bravo to OFLC. What a bunch of monkeys.

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thats bull man they cant get rid of disemberment thats tight as they let it go past in soldier of fortune 2

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Good for Australia for toning down the game.

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"okay, I must be missing something, cos when I played Gears of War, I'm pretty sure there was a ton of blood and loads of dismemberment." ----------------------------- I don't remember dismemberment in Gears, and if there was it was nothing compared to what's in Soldier of Fortune. The achievements are FOR dismemberment.

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Kevin rud is aussies new priminster please make a r rating i love killing pople :P

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okay, I must be missing something, cos when I played Gears of War, I'm pretty sure there was a ton of blood and loads of dismemberment.

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You're wrong scorpion, its not available anywhere in Australia, if your buddy really got it then he imported it.

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"Soldier of Fortune Payback will be available in early 2008" honestly gamespot do your research first, the game already came out and a buddy of mine already bought it in Australia.

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its a POS game

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Ultra violent?

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No dismemberment? Isn't that the main feature of this game? The ability to dismember your opponents? :P

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Seems like one pricey game.

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Just remember though...sites like Gameplay in the UK and game sites in New Zealand (of all places lol) are supplying the uncut versions of this game...online shopping overseas is a beautiful thing :)

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it's 89.95 Austrialian Dollars... different currency...

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Come on man after all it's a soldier killing people, that's not bad !!!

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bring the rain

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mad lame. feel bad for all you aussies they cut all that made sof - soldier of fortune hopefully it will at least be a good shooter. Why is the ps3 version $89.95? That's a heck of alot of money for one game!

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It's because stupid politicians all see videogames as toys instead of an actual hobby, like it actually is.

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That sucks for Australia, we Americans love our blood and ragdoll effects!

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What a %@ck this is getting more strictly while the time passes.

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a bloody game without blood is like a game without gameplay.

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Can it be revised so it is actually a good game?

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common dont be liberal Austraila...i am getting this fo ps3

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"Australia's got to be the worst part of the commonwealth. Here in Canada nothing gets banned. I'm pretty sure I can still find copies of Postal 2 here." keyhunter, if not being able to play a few games makes your country the worst in the commonwealth, maybe you could get out of your chair, go outside for a run in the snow and get a life. maybe there's more to life than video games.... :o oh and while you're on your run, think of me going for a swim at the beach on a warm summer day, after playing one of the other 99.9% of un-banned uncensored games available in this great country, Australia

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PseudoFinrod , the only thing that gets banned here are the worst games... you can still view and read whatever you want, unless you're into scatty porn and weird things like that, although there is a territory here whaere all of that is actually legal, so it's okay, you can come and enjoy australia with all the 'perks' you get in other countries, as long as you're in the right part of the country.... :)

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You know something is wrong with your rating system when your highest rating for the most intensely violent games legally allowed in your country can be purchased by 15 year olds......... I wonder what the problem could be??? Hmmmm

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@MessiahKnot Correct! In fact, the MAJORITY of gamers are well above the age of 18.

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I know its been said before, but it really is stupid the 'R18+' classification hasn't been extended to games, yet it exists for movies. It makes no sense. The age of gamers varies greatly, and a large portion are adults - yet no rating exists to cater for them. The OFLC need to wake up.

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Banning / Censor has no good effects. If a "full" version exist, ppl will get that instead even if it comes down to "piracy". I wonder if the same rules apply to movies, *gosh* many movies should be banned.

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Does the Maximum M15 rating only applies to video games or does it apply to movies too? Does this mean 15 year olds could buy Pornos in Australia???

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why $10 more on the ps3

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times like this when I'm glad I'm in North America.

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What is the point of banning a game and taking out all of the good parts so it can be "unbanned". By the time you "unban" the game, gamers are not going to not want to play the it as much making it practically useless. The whole thing of banning games is ridiculous and stupid because if you want people to have fun playing videogames then you should keep it as it is and not "censor" it. If you cannot handle the gore in a game then just don't buy it, because i'm sure that it is a lot harder to ban one game from an entire country then to just tell people to not buy it if they can't handle it. I'm sure that Australia is a great place but banning games is just not right.

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Kinda ironic that AUS bans and unbans, it just as Singapore bans & unbans Mass Effect for the 360 and yet both are followed by an incredibly ridiculous chirade of media circus.

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It's a game based on a friggen magazine. It's stupid.

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Who cares the game is crap...

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Poor ausies.

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Wow hopefully this and manhunt 2 don't show a trend that is starting

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Dear Australians, please transmit the coordinates of your OFLC office to us in America, and we will gladly deliver a tactical nuke to their location.

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Meh, the game should not have been banned in the first place. And Australia obviously needs an additional and higher rating more more adult games.

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Activision probably would have saved money leaving it banned. This game is crap.

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Once again, how very generous of them to unban a game when they should not have the right to ban it in the first place! It is this kind of thing that makes me glad I live in the U.S.-sorry, Aussies, you've a lovely country that is great to visit, but I would never want to live in a place where the government could tell me what I could and couldn't play, view, and read.

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This SoF kinda came outta nowhere imo. I wonder if its gonna be the black sheep of the series.

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i don't know why the country's even bother banning games when in the end they end up unbanning them anyway.

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