Australia's Classification Board has explained why it banned the upcoming horror-shooter F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
Games On Net says the censor deemed the violent content high in impact and unsuitable for a minor to play,
citing as examples a nail gun that can be used to pin bad guys to walls, after which they will fall to the ground in a bloody mass, and a sniper rifle that will tear bodies apart at close range.
[The protagonist] uses his sub
machine gun to explicitly bisect an enemy, the two parts of the body lying separately on the ground, with copious blood spray, the board noted in one specific example of in-game action it used to back up its decision. There are also a number of
explicit close range decapitations involving both human and mutant creatures. The decapitations are the result of close-up throat slashing from behind and close-up gunshots to the throat. The copious blood spray covers walls, objects and even
the game's camera lens, while partially-dismembered corpses and severed heads also feature prominently.
The ratings board also blamed the game's enhanced graphics and realistic behavior of human and mutant foes for the
decision, which it said heightened the impact of the violence to the point where it cannot be accommodated at the MA15+ classification.