In a rather surprising act of mature
judgment, the British Board of Film Classification
has assigned Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain
a "15" rating. Given the so-called adult themes
of the western interactive novel (a genre we're classifying
right here), the expectation had been that the game would receive an "18" rating, which is even reflected on retail art mock-ups
. The other European ratings board, PEGI
, has yet to post its classification for the game.
Speaking with IncGamers
, a BBFC spokesperson explained, "These are obviously not real people, or real people acting, and it all depends on the level of blood and violence. We use the same classification for games as we do for films, and this game is suitable for a 15 audience." That's odd, we could have sworn many
" acted in Heavy Rain
. Still, we're pleasantly surprised to see a ratings board bring equity into play by reviewing a game within the same guidelines used for movies.