Syndicate Subjected to Ban in Australia
Written Tuesday, December 20, 2011 By Richard Walker
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Syndicate will be banned in Australia it seems, as the Australian Government Classification Board has refused a rating for Starbreeze Studios and EA's re-imagining of the 90s Bullfrog strategy title, on the grounds that it's simply far too violent and "therefore unsuitable for persons aged 18 years to play".

Here's what the classification board had to say on Syndicate and its reasoning for refusing the game a rating:

"The game contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons aged 18 years to play. Combatants take locational damage and can be explicitly dismembered, decapitated, or bisected by the force of the gunfire. The depictions are accompanied by copious bloodspray and injuries are shown realistically and with detail. Flesh and bone are often exposed while arterial sprays of blood continue to spirt [sic] from wounds at regular intervals."

That all sounds perfectly fine to us. If you were among those looking forward to breaching, hacking and corporate espionage, and you happen to live in Australia, you can once again thank the continued lack of a rating beyond the current MA15+ certificate. An 18+ rating is in the offing and has been approved for Australia, but it's still waiting to be passed, meaning Syndicate will remain banned for now.

[Via Game Informer]


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Comment #1 by I3loodthirsty
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 11:42:18 AM
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i ll have to move to australia as they seam to know how to have fun.....oh wait they dont least we get it in the uk :D

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Comment #2 by Cjail
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 11:50:30 AM
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Syndicate is definitely one of those non-mainstream FPS so I hope this won't penalize Starbreeze.
I really want this one to sell well ;)

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Comment #3 by TroubleMaker411
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 12:00:43 PM
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That's a shame.
I was hoping that this would sell well and maybe show that your game hasn't got to be a pointy pointy pew pew military shooter to do well.

while I can understand the reasoning, the logic is beyond pointless.
australians can get a game imported from the UK cheaper than buying one local anyway. You ban the game, they buy it from Sureley there are economic issues to consider there too?

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Comment #4 by uchihaayub
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 12:07:43 PM
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^^^ Isnt that illegal. Luckily I live in the UK but I dont want the developers to feel to disheartened that their game wont sell well.So Sad.

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Comment #5 by johnnyhotrocks
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 12:15:43 PM
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fuck me and a thought an adult over 18 years of age should be allowed to make his or her own mind up if they want to play a video game.
disappointing that your country is run by bigger dicks than in the uk.


tell me do you have to get permission to have sex? lol

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Comment #6 by Shadowrider50
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 12:22:14 PM
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one word... ebay

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Comment #7 by TroubleMaker411
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 12:22:35 PM
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I'm pretty sure that the getting an RC in australian certification (and feel free to correct me if I am wrong) means that it is illegal to sell in australia.
However, it is not illegal to own it (unless it has something illegal within it, IE. child sex stuff) meaning importing is perfectly legal assuming that there is no child rape within the game.

I'm not australian, I live in England so I am not 100% on the rules and regs, but I'm sure that's how it works

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Comment #8 by wottagunn
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 01:20:59 PM
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We've missed out on quite a few titles in the past because we don't have an 18+ rating, its ridiculous. I thought we eventually passed one though.
Ah well, just another game to import.

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Comment #9 by kid_Jump94
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 01:25:26 PM
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the Australian Government are soo harsh to their people, like all the other countrys are putting it as an 18 why cant Australia? their like the strict parent that wont allow their children to watch tv

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Comment #10 by QDawg187
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 03:09:13 PM
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Yeah,until it became a modern EA game.If it does well,we'll see 2 next year,3 the year after and them Syndicate Kart and Syndicate Corperation Simulation the following years

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Comment #11 by Mway270301
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 03:11:51 PM
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"that all sounds fine to us" lol that was pretty funny. God, no wonder Australia seems so perfect a little bit of blood in a game its disallowed.

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Comment #12 by joey9mm
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 04:15:19 PM
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Comment #13 by joey9mm
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 04:17:15 PM
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australia suck's Australian Government are d*** heads.

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Comment #14 by alexslykid
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 05:03:38 PM
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God i wanted this game so bad on release date.

eBay time.

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Comment #15 by nintendo64X
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 05:12:55 PM
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It's illegal to import banned games here...

But if you only buy one copy and caught they just take it off you, so don't import more or else they'll charge you for intent to sell :P

With my copy of mortal kombat KOLLECTORS EDITION I thik this will make it in...but I'll wiat a few months for the hear to die down.

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Comment #16 by weephilymcvey
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 06:25:53 PM
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omfg thats ridiculous that that kinda shits allowed to happen to grown-ass adult gamers!

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Comment #17 by timewarp
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 06:34:03 PM
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Hopefully soon australia will get the 18 rating that australian gamers need, I feel bad that you guys have to miss out on some great games.

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Comment #18 by MrT2
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 06:41:09 PM
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From the wording of the original statement "is therefore unsuitable for persons aged 18 years to play" it sounds like they feel it would fail to get even an 18 certificate by their classification rules.

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Comment #19 by Furious Gargoyle
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 07:54:15 PM
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This is retarded.

I am so sick of our goverment. They allow ANY R+ movie to be released (Human Centipede 2 etc)but a game - noooooo.

I thought that this was changed. Perhaps the new classification system has not passed through the government yet. We did get dead island when it was supposed to be banned.

I guess they are too busy killing our economy with the carbon tax legislation.

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Comment #20 by Tranquilbez
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 10:08:24 PM
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Well this is shit but theres always imports, For PS3 Owners,could import the Game from anywhere but Xbox 360 would have to get it from the UK or New Zealand

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Comment #21 by Esquoret
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 11:08:55 PM
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So now I'm forced to buy it online and save $50? Excellent!

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Comment #22 by adin75
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 11:09:01 PM
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I'll import it like I did with MK :)

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Comment #23 by icedude34
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 05:18:22 AM
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wow our rating board is absolutely terrible. run by a pack of over 50's that have never touched a game other then pac-man which they found way to brutal because you could eat ghosts.. :/. will import though for a extremely cheap price :D

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Comment #24 by DEMONICRUBLE
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 06:01:19 AM
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This is fucked up I live in NZ and almost every retail game that's been banned in AUS we get manhunt games are the only ones that were banned in both countries and yet AUS gets more PSN content than us Zombie Apocalypse 2 Dead Island DLC etc and they have more restrictions on importing banned games than we do I saw manhunt 2 for sale on wii last week sorry AUS

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Comment #25 by amoremorte
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 04:35:15 PM
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How to sum up 'Australian Classification Board' in 2 syllables, NAZIS >:(

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Comment #26 by fisty123
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 06:18:17 PM
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Yeah i am over living here for games.. makes me a sad panda

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