Australia’s rather strict game ratings system got another victim earlier this week – Digital Extremes’ Dark Sector. The game was refused classification by Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC). High-impact violence and brutal finishing moves the main character can perform on unsuspecting foes are among reasons given for the banning.
“The finishing moves and most violent game play includes decapitation, dismemberment of limbs accompanied by large blood spurts, neck breaking spurts, neck breaking twists and exploded bodies with post-action twitching body parts. These moves are relatively easy to accomplish and once the player has mastered the moves and is able to get close to his foes, these violent moves can be executed,” an official report issued by OFLC reads.
The OFLC ruling also says that Dark Sector “contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged under 18 years to play.” And since Australia has a twisted games rating system where MA15+ is the highest rating, selling the game in Australia is effectively illegal.
Delayed from an initial January release, Dark Sector is now set for April, if a recent press release announcing Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) as the voice talent is to be believed. The game will be available on both PS3 and Xbox 360.
[See also: Dark Sector gallery]