Left 4 Dead 2 has generally been not so well received by Australia, or more specifically, the government of Australia. This piece of news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to people as the Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification had once said that they refuse to rate L4D2, therefore making it more or less illegal to be sold in Australia.
Valve had applied for an appeal to have the board to re-rate the game, only to face failure once again. The board believes that the game’s faces “insufficient delineation between the depiction of general zombie figures and the human figures” and that it is exactly that reason which resulted in a “refused classification” rating in Australia.
Games that are under in the “refused classification” are not allowed to be sold, displayed, promoted or even demonstrated in anyway possible, essentially making a ban on the game. However, an edited version of Left 4 Dead 2 is indeed approved by the board, so it is still possible for the Australians to get their L4D2 fix.
The downside? The edited version is heavily censored, in the way where most of the graphical features of L4D2 is removed (dismemberment, wound details, decapitation etc…). In a sense, Australians will be getting a L4D1 with updated gameplay as well as multiplayer. That’s about it, I guess.
In case you’re wondering, it must be a real mystery as to how the heck does the board fail to recognize the difference between the zombies and humans in the game. The infected are clearly not human but still… must be the fact that the infected is able to run…