According to a report from ME Gamers
, the United Arab Emirates National Media Council has officially banned the sale of Mafia 2
within its borders. No statement has been formally issued by the NMC regarding the ban, though a report from Arabian Business
) cites "excessive violence and nudity contained in the game."
joins a laundry list of other titles deemed inappropriate by the UAE's media governance body, including this year's Heavy Rain
. That said, reports in the past
have pointed out the relative ease with which UAE residents can still pick up various "banned" games.
has been criticized by UNICO National
, an Italian American organization, as a "pile of racist nonsense." The game was also criticized by Joystiq
for forcing us to spend "way
too much time in shallow block-counter-repeat fistfights or behind the wheel of a clunky automobile."