Japan Hands GoWIII A "Z" Rating
We have yet to see if Heavy Rain incites a firestorm of controversy for multiple nudity scenes, but you can bet that God of War III will cause yet another uproar due to its intense violent content.
It's worthwhile to note that, as Examiner.com reports, the impending blockbuster has received a "Z" rating in Japan. It's the highest rating possible and essentially prevents anyone from under the age of 18 from purchasing the game. It's like the equivalent of the ESRB's "AO" or Adults Only rating here in the US; for the record, God of War III will have the "M"-Mature rating in North America. Interestingly enough, all previous installments in the franchise received the "D" rating on Japan's CERO system, so there must be something especially offensive about God of War III. Based on what we've seen and heard, you can certainly expect a gigantic amount of blood and gore, along with some brief nudity; the combination of the two adult-oriented elements could put this title over the top. Tearing off a foe's head or watching fountains of blood spout from gaping wounds is...well, it's great for the atmosphere but it's hardly for young eyes.
God of War III is the highlight of next month, set to launch on March 16. We've been waiting on this one ever since the start of the generation and the wait is almost over...
Related Game(s): God of War III
2/17/2010 9:18:46 PM Ben Dutka