Left 4 Dead 2 Ditches Dismemberment, Secures OFLC Rating

News.com.au reports that a resubmitted and modified version of Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 has been granted a rating by Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification board.

The original version of the zombie-killing title was refused classification by the PFLC, rendering it unreleasable. The edited version has received an MA 15+ rating. Distributor Electronic Arts told the website that it still holds out hope that the resubmitted full version of the game would receive classification and that is the version it would still prefer to release.

The OFLC’s full report (PDF) on the modified Left 4 Dead 2 title contains consumer advice of “strong bloody violence,” though the board noted that “the game no longer contains depictions of decapitation, dismemberment, wound detail or piles of dead bodies lying about the environment.”

In the Board’s view “the element of violence in the game has been sufficiently modified.”

Via: Edge-Online

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  1. ZAR says:

    Thank your, Mr. Atkinson, for your brave support of the non-Australian gaming industry!

    You and your kind should keep up the good work and also turn importing uncensored media into a crime, that way there will even be more profit possible – to whoever takes the risk.

    And if those people also sell drugs and guns, all the better. Than you can make another political statement, how one crime “attracts” all the others and that Australia needs to “toughen up” against “crime and terrorism”.

    Mission accomplished, shameless conservatism!


  2. Chamale says:

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  3. hellfire7885 says:

    If there’s no patch to make it into the global version, then an "Atkinson mode" mod needs to be made.

  4. Austin_Lewis says:

    This is a big part of why my wife left Australia (or as she has come to call it, Ausfailia). 

    That and the upcoming web filter, which, as I understand it, has cost nearly 100 billion dollars (not sure if that’s Australian or US dollars), and will bring overall speed DOWN.  Hilarious.

  5. Drazgal says:

    We don’t have a written constitution, atleast not in the sense that you would recognise from yours.

  6. Murdats says:

    The thing is they wanted it approved in time for their global release, so they overcensored it, this isn’t the stuff they HAD to remove but the stuff that would get it approved faster

    oh and if the appeal is succesful then the AU version will be patched to the global version, but thats a big if

    what I don’t get is why they can rate a whole game faster then process an apeal on a game they already know

  7. Longjocks says:

    Now let us just make a list of all the games currently for sale here in Australia with all of those features in copious amounts… and rated only MA at that. The need for an R rating is one thing, but I’d like to at least see some consistency from the OFLC.

  8. Madcat says:

    Actually it may surprise you to find out that there is nothing in the Australian Constitution that grants us freedom of speech, the only rights we have are trial by jury and freedom of religion. Decisions in the high courts have implied freedom of speech but there is nothing stoping the government from making legislation to censor speech *cough*web filter*cough* and every time the Issue of a Bill of Rights gets brought up it just gets swept under the rug as quickly as possible.

  9. TBoneTony says:

    Also don’t forget that Australia is a racist country if you believe all those news reports recently.

    But what they don’t tell you is that Australia is only racist in their laws. Not the people themselves.

    Mainly, Australian laws don’t allow freedom of speech for videogames while Movies, DVDs, TV, Books and art are allowed greater freedom.

    That is the sort of racism I am talking about. Not the one with the color of skin.

  10. Roh02 says:

    O_O kids? with a baseball bat , slingshot , dustbin lid , metal pipe (or is that a shovel?) and a brick beating up other kids? *SHOCK HORROR* its vile FILTH *sarcasme*


  11. gamegod25 says:

    Well that’s better but still not good. I still can’t believe this is even an issue. This whole mess should have been over and done with in less than a day.

    Hey we have an 18+ rating for movies but not videogames. Wow you’re right, we’ll put one in. Ok thanks. END OF STORY!

  12. Father Time says:

    Why do they think so lowly of 15 year olds over there, surely they can handle Left 4 Dead?


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  13. gamegod25 says:

    That’s my question too. If that change is for every version then all I have to say is "way to go sucking Austrailia’s **** for those few extra bucks, Valve."

    I’m not really all that mad that that stuff is being taken out, it’s what that change represents that pisses me off. I mean really what’s the point of even making a zombie (or any other) game if you’re going to easily bend to the will of an archaic classification system? You may as well just replace the guns with super soakers filled with rainbows and the zombies with cute teddy bears. That will appease all the rating boards and "family value" groups, but that doesn’t make it a good idea.

  14. chadachada321 says:

    But will all versions be this way or only the AU versions? I’ll be pissed if dismemberments, wound detail, and piles of bodies are taken out. It’s a zombie game for Christ’s sake.

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

  15. Cheater87 says:

    Wow they took all the fun out of it. :'( At least the game is rated so you can import the uncut version with no problems from customs.

  16. Erik says:

    Utter failure.

    How much money do we have to raise next time to bribe Gabe Newell to keep him from going to Australia?

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

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