Five Years Later, Left 4 Dead 2 Is Finally Uncensored in Australia

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A few weeks ago, Valve's 2009 zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead 2, was reclassified under Australia's new R18+ rating. Previously, the game had to be censored so it could be sold under MA15+, Australia's then-highest rating for games. Now, due to the reclassification, an uncensored version is available to Australia.

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For new players, the transition won't be noticeable, with the uncensored version replacing the censored one on the Australian Steam store completely. For long-time players with censored copies, however, Valve has made available a free patch that can restore the game's missing features. Here's a video from 2009 highlighting what these are:

Left 4 Dead 2 - Uncensored [AU Steam Store]

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DISCUSSION

shippoyasha
Shippoyasha

It's always so frustrating hearing about censorship in gaming. The classifications and games ratings have so much influence on viability and sales of games, they basically become a defacto censoring force in games instead of doing their job as simple parental guide content identifiers. Putting strict limit on age of accessibility of games is a strange thing to me as well. It essentially makes game ratings board the parents instead of parents doing their job and making sure their children are mature enough to handle games on an individual basis.