Aliens vs. Predator is the latest game to be refused rating by the ultra-strict classification board of Australia. Did nobody see this coming? Really?
"Sega Australia can today confirm that the initial submission of Aliens vs Predator has been refused classification by the Classification Operations Board of Australia. We will continue to investigate all options available to us, including the possibility of appeal," the company said in an e-mailed statement to Gamespot.
A released copy of the ruling has indeed revealed that - shock - Aliens vs. Predator's high-impact violence was the reason behind the refusal. Get yourself a cuppa - there's fun reading ahead...
The classification board summarised: "The game contains first-person perspective, close-up depictions of human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes."
It continued: "Characters can be stabbed with a Predator's wrist blade or an Alien's tail in depictions reminiscent of impalement. The Predator collects 'trophies' by explicitly ripping off human heads, their spinal columns dangling from severed necks. Heads can be twisted completely around in order to break a character's neck. Eyes can be stabbed through or gouged, leaving empty, bloodied eye sockets.
"It is noted that a player is able to combine manoeuvres together in quick succession, which further increases impact; for example, a Predator can stab a character through both eyes with its wrist blade and rip off their head, with spinal column still attached. Extensive post-mortem damage, including decapitation and dismemberment, is also possible."
Those Aussie classification board testers certainly are... erm, "thorough", aren't they? Even we wouldn't have tried to stab a characters eyes out - after we'd already killed them.
Read our hands-on Aliens vs Predator preview for more gore-ey details