The Office of Film and Literature Classification has officially classified Halo 3, giving it an M rating in Australia. Whilst the first two Halo titles have been classified MA15+.
MA+15 be less violent than M? Bungie has said that the story is darker this time, though.
Or does a finished copy now exist?
@Icewake your correct. M is more violent than MA+15.
A quick google search shows that M is for over 16s only
And MA+15 is for anyone who is accompanied by an adult.
Finished, just polish and bug finds/fixes until release.
Its misleading then and should not have been approved because its the other way around, Halo 3 to be more violent than the previous ones but then I wouldn't call it violent as such since its not based on realism its all scifi lol.
I wouldn't take it seriously even if it was reduced in rating (which apparently it isn't, from the last two comments). Videogame ratings are even more superfluous than movie ratings, and standards for both tend to shift over time.
For example, a movie can still secure a 12 rating even with a couple of uses of the F-word, or occasional use of the word s**t, something which would've instantly made a movie 15 only 5-6 years ago. And movies are often made U now, when they previously would've been PG, simply by putting the message "contains mild peril and fantasy violence" in the trailer.
m is worse then ma15+ and standards are allways changing, rated r movies now 10 years ago would have been rated nc17 or worse.
M = Recommended for Mature audiences. The content is moderate in impact. This is anyone under 16 can see/play/read/listen if they have parent's consent.
MA15+ = Not suitable for people under 15. Under 15s must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. The content is strong.
Halo 3 = weak sauce then?
Either way, the article is correct.
It's just like The ESRB ratings E(for everyone) and E10+(for everyone above 10).
Less violent? Sure it'll be "classified MA15+," but that won't stop gamers from having a blast with Halo 3.
A rating is a rating, nothing important IMHO. Halo 3 will be awesome with whatever rating is given, besides E+, lol.
I've been playing M rated games ever since elementary/middle school. I didn't turn out to be a serial killer. =P As I said, a rating is a rating, just simple guide lines for consumers.
I've been playing GTA3 since I was 10. And that's nothing compared to San Andreas. Have you seen the blood splatters in KZ2? I don't care what rating it gets. I play the game because it's fun.
It's definitely because the games are fun!
Would you rather play a new Elmo game or a kick-ass new FPS? Exactly. lol
As long as it's fun.
it doesn't look any less violent. I agree with Captain Tuttle. I could care less as long as it's fun. And from what I've seen so far, I think they've got that covered.
well considering that Brutes can tear limbs off this time around...
I wouldn't take what it said seriously. We'll find out when we can finally play it.
Anyway, by the sounds of the E3 Halo 3 demo, I doubt it is less violent.
yah great find bloodmask.
Halo has never struck me as violent lol. Saw is violent and I am pretty sure I won't be giving anyone a saw and letting them decide what to do in this game.
Compared to other M rated games, you're right. Halo isn't.
its always been cartoony kind of violent to me. shouldnt get the same rating as Gears with its exploding headshots and chainsawing people in half. that would be cool in halo
Yeah, but remember back during one of the ViDocs when a Marine got his arms torn off? This seems a little strange, unless, they've loosened their standards or something.
I think it's because they wanted the Brutes to be more brutal and not well...stupid...
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