Saints Row IV All But Banned In Australia

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Saints Row IV has been "banned" (or to be more precise refused classification, which is as good as a ban) in Australia.


Which is strange. Australia used to see such "bans" because of the lack of an adults-only rating for video games. The country now has such a rating, however, labelled as R18+, restricting the sale of rated games to those over the age of 18.

Over a dozen games have since been given this adults-only rating since it was introduced last year, but Saints Row IV is the first to fall short of even those revised guidelines.

Here's the official decision, handed down by the country's Classification Board:

In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.


Sniper Gillespie

Remember when this game was all about street gangs and turf wars? When it was a GTA alternative? Then suddenly they had to get all Dubstep giant dildos alien invasions on us. What's next? Maybe Galactus could become a member of the Saints and swallow entire planets to the sweet sweet sounds of annoying nyan cat.