If you haven't heard of NecroVisioN, we won't fault you for it. Still, this bizarre PC World War I shooter -- complete with supernatural beings like demons -- has been making headlines after the Australian Classifications Board decided to lay down the banhammer.
The Board decided on April 7 to deny NecroVisioN a rating, and here is their reasoning:
When the player shoots an enemy combatant, a large volume of blood spray results and the enemy may be dismembered or decapitated. Injury detail is high with pieces of flesh seen flying from bodies when shot or a high level of wound detail visible on bodies. Post mortem damage occurs when bodies are shot resulting in blood spray, dismemberment and decapitation.
This level of blood and injury detail occurs frequently and throughout the game and in the Board’s view, exceeds a strong playing impact and therefore cannot be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification.
This is definitely not the first time a violent game met opposition down under. Remember all the trouble over Fallout 3 and Silent Hill: Homecoming? In both cases, each game's respective companies had to make several changes to the in-game content in order to receive a green light into Australia. The Farm 51 hasn't indicated whether they plan to appeal the Classifications Board's decision for NecroVisioN.
Then again, the Board could always create an MA 18+ rating like Northern America and Europe, seeing as how many gamers are actually adults.