Yes, this again. Despite the fact that the Australian Classification Board has had the ability to rate games and media R18+ for about two years now, that hasn’t stopped certain games from being “banned” anyway. Technically the games are never “banned”; they’re just refused classification which makes them illegal to sell in Australia. Hotline Miami 2 has just been on the receiving end of a classifications refusal.
Why? Well, despite the fact that the ACB has the ability to rate hyper violent or explicit content, there’s a clause in the new rating system that gives them the ability to deny classification anyway. The clause describes games that can be refused classification as ones that “depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified.”
Turns out that Hotline Miami 2 has a scene that fits that description pretty well.
Kotaku Australia managed to get hold of the classification refusal report for Hotline Miami 2. Just a warning: the following scene outline contains descriptions of rape.
“In the sequence of game play footage titled Midnight Animal, the protagonist character bursts into what appears to be a movie set and explicitly kills 4 people, who collapse to the floor in a pool of copious blood, often accompanied by blood splatter. After stomping on the head of a fifth male character, he strikes a female character wearing red underwear. She is knocked to the floor and is viewed lying face down in a pool of copious blood. The male character is viewed with his pants halfway down, partially exposing his buttocks. He is viewed pinning the female down by the arms and lying on top of her thrusting, implicitly raping her (either rear entry or anally) while her legs are viewed kicking as she struggles beneath him. This visual depiction of implied sexual violence is emphasised by it being mid-screen, with a red backdrop pulsating and the remainder of the screen being surrounded by black.”
And THAT is why Australia has effectively banned Hotline Miami 2. Yowzers.
Source: Kotaku Australia