I think the fact the OFLC deems God of War fine for consumption by 15 year olds, but Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude and Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure not, indicates that Larry and Getting Up were most likely banned based on their reputation rather than an actual review of their contents. One is know to be about trying to get laid and the other is known to be about graffiti.
Further support for this apparant lack of real content review is the game Mark of Kri. The opening cinematics consist of traditional hand-drawn animation very reminiscent of a Disney animated film. If this was all you saw of the game, you would probably think “Oh, this game is harmless and suitable for small children” and I think that is why Mark of Kri was originally released with a G rating. I know, I have a copy with a G rating symbol printed on the front.
When you actually play the game, you realise that it is at least as violent as God of War and probably more so. Case in point: it has a level in which you slaughter as many enemies as possible with a battle axe that slices and dices limbs, spines, and heads. The enemies that end up with no legs attempt to pull themselves away with their arms until they either bleed to death or you provide the finishing blow.
Well someone must have complained because the G ratings were soon covered with MA rating stickers and later versions of the game came out with MA ratings printed on the packaging. I’ll post a photo of the original G rated packaging sometime.
Conclusion: No respect (For the OFLC)
Note: I personally don’t think that any of these games should be banned. We need an R rating for video games in Australia!
I recently picked up God of War for PS2. I was planning on getting it earlier, but then I found out that it was going to be re-released for $29.95 and figured that I could wait it out. (Thank you DVD-Crave pre-order listings!)
There’s even a menage a trois mini game a la the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Hot Coffee mode hack that resulted in a recall and then re-release with the offending mini-game completely removed. Seriously, there’s two topless women on a bed and you enter a mini-game in which you pleasure them and receive powerups. (The camera moves offscreen, but the audio is there).
The game is also incredibly violent and gory. You can grab an enemy and rip its top half from their bottom half. You perform fatalities such as shoving a massive knife through a minotaur’s head via its screaming mouth. You happily kill innocent bystanders for the health rewards you receive as a result.
I seriously wonder what is up with the OFLC. For Larry and Getting Up to be refused classification and for this game to be deemed appropriate for 15 year olds… illustrates a complete lack of consistency and standards.
I’ve just recently started watching The 1UP Show, and I’m already convinced that there is hope for video game journalism.
The show complements personable game reviews and interviews with slick video editing and a very catchy theme song. The latest episode includes interviews by Jane Pinckard with Fumito Ueda (Shadow of the Colossus), Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy), and Tetsuya Mizaguchi (Rez).