GTA 5 Receives R18+ Classification in Australia

The Australian Classification board, which is notorious for refusing to award classification to games that even give the impression of having mature content, has awarded its highest rating to Rockstar’s upcoming action game, Grand Theft Auto 5.

The classification notes the game’s “High Impact” drug use, while also noting “Strong Impact” for themes, violence, language, nudity, and sex.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is slated for release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17 this year.

The GTA series has been refused classification in the past for having mature content, notably when the country did not have an R18+ rating. The rating was only added earlier this year, on January 1, but did not significantly slacken its content guidelines; the category was intended to divide adult material suitable for minors, not necessarily allow more extreme content.

It’s interesting to note that while GTA 5 was awarded classification, its primary rival Saints Row 4 was twice denied classification.

Other games that have been rated R18+ include the recently classified State of Decay and Ninja Gaiden 3.

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3 Comments on GTA 5 Receives R18+ Classification in Australia

JC

On July 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm

being australian, this is great news, also thank you for posting this news :)

R.J.

On July 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm

At least this one is being allowed to be sold in the country. I’ve read articles about why SR4 is being denied classification, but it’s hard to believe it is really so bad, especially since those games are primarily about having fun with absurdity.

Hellie

On August 1, 2013 at 2:08 am

Ian, you shouldn’t confuse ‘gratuitous’ with ‘mature.’ Saints Row is fraternal, desensitised violence that revels in its own tastelessness, as did GTA games up until GTA IV. GTA V looks likely to be a genuinely mature storytelling experience that happens to be centred around a culture of violence. There’s a massive difference. Neither of them should be banned and Australia still looks like the most backwards, puritanical developed nation on Earth when it does this, but the distinction is still important. It’s like suggesting the Saw series is as adult as Audition because they both contain torture.