Gabe Newell may be going to Australia
, but his latest game, Left 4 Dead 2
, is not. The Australian government has refused classification
to the upcoming zombie shooter's "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence." Because the Australian ratings system doesn't offer
an 18+ rating for games, Left 4 Dead 2
joins the growing list
of games banned by the government.
While Valve is unlikely to look upon this decision favorably, it can turn this ban into a marketing bullet point. The first game received a MA15 rating
, meaning Left 4 Dead 2
must have a totally noticeable and sequel-worthy increase in violence
. Doesn't that warrant another $60 purchase (for those of you outside Australia)?
[Thanks, Jake and Dai!]