Doom scores a restricted R18+ rating in Australia

Chris Stead 13 April 2016 NEWS


The next instalment in id Software’s seminal FPS series Doom scrapes into Australia under the new classification system.

It was only four tears ago that games made specifically for adults in Australia were refused classification and effectively banned from sale. Well in theory, anyway. Video game publishers (somehow) argued titles like Grand Theft Auto and Heavy Rain into the MA15+ classification – previously the maximum allowed for video games - consistently. But still, you can ask titles like Mortal Kombat X. Manhunt, Syndicate and Risen what it’s like to be classified in Australia and feel the hate.

Anyway, those days are gone, which means a game deemed too hardcore for audiences under the age of 18 can see the light of day in the country. This is fantastic news for Doom fans. The next instalment in the series has just received an R18+ rating from the Australian Classification Board, restricting the game from sale to consumers under the age of 18. Alongside the rating the board earmarks “high impact violence” and “blood and gore” as its biggest concerns, although it is interesting to note that Doom will also feature “mild” amounts of sex, too.

Doom – previously Doom 4 – by Bethesda and id Software will therefore release uncut to Australian gamers on 13 May for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The experience itself is a glorious throwback to the fast-paced run-and-gun bloodbaths of nineties era gaming, but it looks exceptional with highest-end, modern visual flourishes, and polish. Everything we’ve played thus far suggests id Software has dedicated itself to servicing the series’ original fans, which for this old-timer at least, is grounds for great excitement.

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