News has just come through that the Australian Classification Board has given it's first ever videogame an R18+.
That honour goes to none other than the gore-fest Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, which is the Wii U updated and enhanced version of the PS3 and 360 version of Ninja Gaiden 3.
A statement from Lesley O'Brien, Director of the Classification Board, reads:
“Under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, R 18+ computer games will have a high impact and it is for this reason that these games are not suitable for under 18s. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects.”
Indeed, it's entirely fair that a game which revels in this much blood and gore ought to be considered for our first ever R18+, but considering the lack of intimacy involved in the kills, it does come with a fair dose of silliness.
Time will tell whether this standard is at the high or the low end of the R18+ spectrum, however.
The game isn't scheduled to release until March, meaning that, as predicted, the belated introduction of the R18+ legislation in Queensland shouldn't slow any games down. Unless, that is, the committee tasked with looking over the legislation decides against an R18+ rating entirely, but from what we've been told the committee's work is standard procedure, so hopefully it shouldn't be a problem.
The Tecmo Koei title is being brought to Australia via Nintendo itself.