Saints Row IV has been refused classification in Australia because of an Alien Anal Probe Gun and alien narcotics.
According to the board:
“The game includes a weapon referred to by the applicant as an ‘Alien Anal Probe’. The applicant states that this weapon can be ‘shoved into enemy’s backsides’. When using this weapon, the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air.”
This constituted rape in the boards eyes, as any “weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context”.
The use of fictional drugs was frowned upon as well.
“Smoking the ‘alien narcotics’ equips the player with ‘superpowers’, which increase their in-game abilities, allowing them to progress through the mission more easily. During the mission, onscreen prompts guide the player to ‘Go to deal location’ and ‘Get drugs’.”.
Saints Row IV is due to be released on the August 20, 2013 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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