Drug-taking side mission unequivocally violates classification guidelines, however.
By Tim Colwill on August 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm
The full report from the Classification Review Board regarding Saints Row 4 has been made available to the public.
The Classification Review Board recently upheld the original Classification Board’s decision to Refuse Classification to Saints Row 4 in its unedited form. This report explains some of the reasoning behind that ruling.
According to the report the Rectifier weapon, which so divided the community, was not as big of an issue as it was originally made out to be.
“The Rectifier is thrust from behind (implicitly via the anus, but the area is pixelated), the victim is then raised and shot projectile-like into the sky, leaving a trail of stars. It was submitted by the producers of the game that the use of this weapon represents a parody of the tradition of alien probes of humans,” reads the report.
“In the opinion of the Review Board, there is no element of sexual violence related to the use of The Rectifier.”
The report also goes on to slam the use of alien narcotics, saying that even though they are alien in nature, their use is explicitly linked to rewards and incentives and they resemble real-world drugs in their utilisation.
“Though the drugs are referred to as ‘alien’ their usage is represented in a realistic manner using realistic drug taking methods. The means by which the drugs are obtained from a street dealer parallels reality,” claim the Review Board.
“The dialogue of the Player and other characters underlines the link between the drug use and the achievement of superpowers e.g. “This alien shit should give us an edge” (spoken by a female character).”
Saints Row 4 made it through with an MA15+ rating once the alien narcotics side mission was removed. Based on this report, it seems that Australians will still get access to the Rectifier weapon in the Season Pass as Volition intends, although as of yesterday this could not be confirmed.
Source: Thanks, PalZer0