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17/07/2018 - R16: Bloody Violence Read more about Quake Champions
What’s it about? Quake Champions is a multiplayer arena first-person shooter for PC. It collects a pantheon of characters from previous Quake games together in mortal combat, adding abilities and custom stats to differentiate each character’s playstyle. The game is still being actively developed, and currently features familiar competitive multiplayer modes of Free For All, Team Deathmatch and Instagib, as well as a round based version of the series’ renowned Duel. While the game will evolve over time, with more characters, maps, and cosmetic items, as well as an upcoming Capture The Flag mode, the classifiable content is not likely to significantly change from this version examined.
What to expect? Quake Champions is a frenetic and fun multiplayer first person shooter. Its sci-fi setting involves low level horror, and in its near-continuous combat gameplay, there is copious blood and gore. While kills with a lightning gun leave corpses sparking with residual energy, use of explosives and bullets can separate head from shoulders, limbs from torso, and if the opponent is particularly low on health explode in a burst of bleeding chunks and bones. Yet the pace of gameplay means there is rarely time to dwell on the details, indistinctly meaty as they are, with the gore systems primarily used as satisfying feedback for successful play. Nonetheless, this frequent and gory violence is likely to disturb younger players, particularly where recognisably human characters are dismembered and cloven. Quake Champions is therefore restricted to persons who have attained the age of 16 years.
15/06/2018 - R13: Violence, sexual references and content that may disturb Read more about Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
What’s it about? Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition is a high-fantasy role playing game set in a vibrant world of magic and mystery. From a 3/4 overhead perspective the player controls a party of up to four characters as they complete quests, defeat enemies and collect loot. The turn-based combat is enhanced by a unique system of physical interactions, where elemental spells and environmental effects combine in logical and at times explosive ways.
What to expect? The game is a lengthy and engaging fantasy role playing game which is highly reactive to player choices. It contains frequent depictions of tactical combat, which may result in bloody gore. While this is limited by the overhead perspective and fantasy setting, coupled with scenes of cruelty and horror, these are likely to prove disturbing to younger players. Alongside some flowery but rather suggestive sexual references, the game is clearly intended for a mature audience. All things considered, Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition is best restricted to those aged 13 years and over.
07/06/2018 - R16: Violence and cruelty Read more about Inuyashiki
What’s it about? Inuyashiki is a superhero action film set in contemporary Tokyo. Ichirō Inuyashiki is a middle-aged office drone with incurable cancer who is constantly disparaged by his family and his boss. One evening he is blinded by a bright light in a park and wakes up to find he has become a weaponised cyborg. Empowered, he also discovers he can cure people of terminal afflictions, which gives him a new lease on life. However, that same night a teenager (Hiro Shishigami) was also in the park, and has undergone the same transformation. But Hiro decides he is no longer human, devolving into a cold blooded mass murderer who exacts revenge on anyone who provokes him. With Japan’s citizens under threat, meek and mild Inuyashiki becomes a reluctant hero.
What to expect? Inuyashiki is a superhero action film with a strong emphasis on character development. It contains scenes of moderately graphic violence which are likely to disturb younger viewers, particularly where they involve a high degree of cruelty such as the murder of an innocent family. The frequency of the violence, and the manner in which mass murder is treated rather casually, are also likely to desensitise younger viewers. However, older teenagers and adults have the maturity to put these elements of the publication into the context of a superhero action thriller in which the viewer has some sympathy for the villain.
01/06/2018 - R16: Horror and content that may disturb Read more about Hereditary
What’s it about? This is a psychological horror film which follows the Graham family after their mysterious matriarch, Ellen, passes away. Mother Annie is surprised at how little she feels after her mother’s passing, but Charlie, Annie’s disheveled, birdlike 13-year old daughter, is distraught. Annie’s husband Steve gets an eerie phone call in the aftermath — Annie’s mother’s grave has been desecrated. Meanwhile, their son Peter smokes himself into oblivion when not verbally sparring with Annie, with whom he shares a deep, unnerving resentment. Apparitions emerge, strangers stare at Charlie with a haunting sense of knowing, and tragedies continue to unfold, yanking away the veil that only barely masks the horrific history of this family.
What to expect? Hereditary is a slow-burning psychological horror that focuses on grief and the dark secrets that family members keep from one another. It contains a high extent of horror and gore which, when combined with its occult imagery and tense atmosphere, are likely to shock and disturb children and younger teenagers. Older teenagers and adults are likely to have the maturity to put these elements into their filmic and generic contexts without being negatively affected. As such the film is classified R16.
30/05/2018 - R16: Violence, domestic violence, sexual material, drug use and offensive language Read more about Detroit: Become Human
What’s it about? Detroit: Become Human is a cinematic science-fiction videogame which follows three androids as they encounter ideas of sentience and perhaps become sentient themselves. Connor is an android that works with the police to investigate the uptick in androids who are acting irrationally, often harming humans. Kara is a housekeeping android, owned by Todd and his young daughter Alice. Todd frequently flies into violent rages, and mistreats Kara and Alice. Markus is a caretaking android who helps an elderly artist, Carl. Carl believes that androids are capable of sentience and treats Markus with dignity. However, Carl’s human son Leo resents their close relationship.
What to expect? Gameplay consists of a series of quick-time events and dialogue options. The story moves between the three characters, with each scenario branching apart through player choices. How these diverge depends on the conversations and events which the player chooses to engage in (or not engage in).
Emotionally driven and dramatic, Detroit asks players to contemplate the nature of humanity and other searching questions. Across its story it contains many scenes of violence which are likely to shock and disturb younger audiences. There are references to sex and the use of highly offensive language, as well as depictions of suicide and drug use, which indicate that it is intended for a mature audience, and further support a need for restriction. A scene of domestic violence, and Todd’s abusive treatment of Kara and Alice generally, is likely to trigger a strong reaction from those who have lived or are living through abusive situations. However, a descriptive note which plainly warns potential players of the domestic violence content in the game is far more likely to prevent this sort of harm than a higher restriction. Within this slow-burning, dialogue driven videogame, older teenagers and adults have the critical ability to place this challenging content within a wider narrative about artificial intelligence, and what it means to be, or not be, human.
24/05/2018 - R16: Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb Read more about Shadow of the Tomb Raider
What’s it about? Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game in the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. It follows archaeologist and raider of tombs Lara Croft who, accompanied by her friend Jonah, travels to Latin America in pursuit of Trinity, a paramilitary organization dedicated to investigating the supernatural. In the previous game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, it was revealed that Trinity was responsible for Lara’s father’s death. Lara pursues the group to Mexico, where she discovers that they are looking for a Mayan relic which they intend to use to reshape the world. While trying to prevent Trinity from getting hold of the relic, Lara inadvertently sets off a Mayan apocalypse. She must now stop Trinity from fulfilling their goals while attempting to save the world.
What to expect? Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a fantastical adventure of survival and discovery set in the often hostile Peruvian jungle. While the game focusses primarily on exploration and puzzle-solving, it contains regular acts of bloody combat violence and non-interactive sequences of gore-based horror and cruelty. The pervading sense of physical danger to Lara also adds to the impact. There is frequent use of offensive language. These depictions are likely to inure younger audiences to violence and its consequences more generally, as well as disturb them.
Older teenagers and adults have the ability to contextualise these elements as part of an action-adventure game.