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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:32

Saints Row 4 still banned

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Controversial upcoming video game Saints Row 4 has remained banned in Australia after a review found the game's 'drug use' was not permissible.

The Australian Classification Review Board announced last week that it would be taking another look at the game, which had been initially given a Refused Classification rating by the board as we reported last month.

That decision caused much uproar in the local gaming community (and in the comments of our website), as the game had been banned for its "visual depictions of implied sexual violence, which are not justified by context" and "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards".

And, while the game was playable at PAXAus, the game has been re-banned after the three-member panel of the Classification Review Board, a separate body of the Classification Board made up of different people, decided that the game be given a Refused Classification rating, and would therefore remain banned.

The Board said in a statement that the game would be banned for its depictions of drug use, but didn't mention the previously cited sexual violence.

"In the Review Board's opinion, Saints Row 4 could not be accommodated within the R18+ classification, as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted," the statement said.

Meanwhile an edited 'Australian Edition' of the game was submitted to the Classification Board last month and has yet to be given a rating.

The game joins a growing list of banned titles in Australia including Postal 2, BMX XXX alongside Left 4 Dead 2 and The Witcher 2, which were both heavily edited for Australian release.

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