5. Fallout 3 (Australia)
So, throughout this list of banned games you’re going to hear about one country in particular on several occasions. Our friends over in the southern pacific just like a good banning. Now, we start off our list with Fallout 3. I know, you’re thinking “but that wasn’t banned in Australia” – and you would be right. However, upon its initial contact with the game, Australia refused classification for the game due to claims it promoted drug consumption. The developers then reassessed the situation and replaced drugs like morphine and codeine with our favourite in game painkiller: Med-X.
EA Sports MMA 9 (Denmark)
A game that encourages you to beat your opponent to a pulp and then celebrate shamelessly like you’ve just won the lottery… pretty easy to see why this game was banned right? Wrong! EA Sports MMA was banned in Denmark because it broke a law there prohibiting anyone to advertise the sale of energy drinks. With the game being heavily linked with and sponsored by energy drinks, Denmark banned its sale. Those Relentless Monsters!
Canis Canem Edit / Bully (Brazil)
Rockstar’s Bully was banned in Brazil, refused sale by retailers in the UK and was subject to many a lawsuit in the USA. Why? Because it allegedly promotes bullying. Well, although the title may suggest that, the game was more or less about fighting back against bullies. Yes, the protagonist pulled pranks on his fellow classmates and sometimes wasn’t the kindest of souls, but throughout the story you fight back against meaner bullies and the prefects that ultimately want to beat you up.
Left 4 Dead 2 (Australia)
Back to Australia, although there’s a long list of games that Australia decided to ban, including Manhunt, Postal 2, Saints Row IV, 50 Cent Bulletproof and many more. We decided that Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 was far more important because it’s such a good game. When the zombie apocalypse comes around you’ll have to spare a thought to our friends down in Australia, because without practising their zombie killing moves on Left 4 Dead 2, they won’t stand a chance. In 2009, Australia banned the game for claims it was just too violent.
Mortal Kombat (Australia)
How could we not mention Mortal Kombat? In a list of controversial and brutal games, there just isn’t anything that compares. Not only has this video game series been the subject of many a lawsuit, but it actually prompted and encouraged the creation of the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). One fatality at a time, the series has beaten back its critics and protestors… apart from, of course, in Australia. That’s right, in 2011, the Australians refused to give the game classification as they believed that human dismemberment, decapitation and other such gory acts were too much for their people. I mean come on Australia, lighten up! Everyone knows there’s nothing more fun for the family than to witness one of Sub Zero’s spine-snapping finishers.