Australia bans Saints Row 4 over anal probe

Saints Row 4

Notoriously crude humoured GTA rival goes south down-under.

Australia has banned Saints Row 4 due to its raunchy and controversial jokes, specifically the inclusion of an alien anal probe weapon which the down under censors say is “not justified by context”.

Originally spotted by Kotaku, the Aussie censor's report finds fault with the game for featuring a weapon that is “shoved into enemy’s backsides”,

The weapon is described as resembling a “large dildo” and can be used against clothed enemies and civilians, with a pixelated effect used to keep the scene from being entirely pornographic.

“In the Board’s opinion, a 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 and as such the game should be Refused Classification,” explained the censor's report.

The group also took issue with Saints Row 4's drug references, which apparently requires players to smoke “alien narcotics” in order to gain superpowers.

Australia has notoriously tougher game rating standards when compared to the UK or the US, with a number of high-profile releases falling foul of censors.

 

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