M: contains violence
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Date registered: 27/06/2013
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion is a hack'n'slash adventure game examined on the PlayStation 3 console. The game is played in third-person perspective in single player or co-operative modes.
The player selects one of four orcs to battle hordes of human warriors and fantasy creatures. The puerile humour of the game centres on the player's orc who is able to fart and belch in order to stun opponents, enabling them to be killed more easily.
The publication deals with the infliction of serious physical harm to a high extent but moderate degree. The game requires the player to engage their orc in constant fighting against human and fantasy warriors using a range of mediaeval weapons, including swords, clubs and axes. When the weapons strike their target, blood flies into the air and hits the ground. Once an opponent is killed, their body drops to the ground and shortly thereafter disappears from screen. There is no opportunity to dismember or decapitate opponents, reducing the degree of injury depicted. All that remains from each kill are blood droplets over the ground.
The dominant effect of Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion is a highly repetitive, hack'n'slash adventure game with puerile humour woven into the gameplay. The game requires the infliction of violence against exaggerated human warriors and other creatures. Although this entails the player killing opponents, the limited depictions of injury and the frenetic pace of gameplay combine to induce a high level of detachment for players.
Taking these factors into account the publication does not present violence in a manner that is likely to be injurious to the public good and therefore does not require restriction.
However, as the game focuses primarily on the infliction of serious physical harm as entertainment, it is more likely to be suitable for mature players. This classification does not limit the rights and freedoms expressed under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.
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