First Australian R18+ Goes to Bloody Ninjas

| 11 Jan 2013 09:25

Its "emphasis on blood effects" is one reason why Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge got Australia's R18+ treatment.

Australia's R18+, the newly minted mature game content rating, has been used for the first time, on Nintendo's Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. According to a press statement from Australia's Classification Board, the game's violence - "high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects" - is one of the reasons why it got the R18+ treatment.

"It's great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences," said Ron Curry of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association.

It must be nice to work in Australia. When asked via Twitter whether the game would have had an MA15+ or RC rating, before the introduction of R18+, Curry replied that he wasn't sure, as he hadn't seen the determination or the game, adding, "all this is happening while I'm trying to get a suntan!"

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, a Wii U exclusive title, features ongoing series protagonist Ryu Hayabusa versus alchemical terrorists. The lady in the trailer is Ayane, another playable character who has her own sections in the game, as well as a Chapter Challenge mode.

Source: Eurogamer

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