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Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell

R13: contains violence, offensive language and sexual references

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This page outlines how the classification criteria were applied. We do our best to discuss the content while avoiding spoilers, but please avoid reading this information if you do not want to learn anything about the content of this game.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell poster

Date registered: 20/10/2014

About the game

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell is an open world action game. It is a spin-off from the popular Saints Row series and is set in a fictional Hell.

At the beginning of the game, the Saints (a group of young adults) gather in a futuristic crib ship. As they play with a spirit board their president is sucked through a portal to Hell. Johnny and Kenzie descend to Hell and must rescue the president before he is forced to marry Satan's daughter, Jezebel, and kill Satan. The player then works their way through the various realms of Hell.

Gameplay - being taught how to fly using your fiery new wings

Classification criteria: Sex

Sexual content is limited. The 'Entertainment District' realm resembles a red-light district. There are neon lights in the shape of women's bodies and businesses have sexual names. Overall, sexual content is negligible. It is not overtly sexual and will likely elude younger players.

Gameplay - escaping female demons in the red light district

Classification criteria: Violence

The extent and degree of violence in the game resulting in death or significant injury is low to moderate. Players frequently fend off and kill demonic opponents. Blood and gore is generally low. The violence is balanced by a number of factors, including the fantastical and unrealistic nature of the game, and the violence being forged against evil supernatural opponents rather than humans.

Gameplay - blowing up a demon

Classification criteria: Highly offensive language

Characters occasionally use highly offensive language. Its casual use may negatively affect children and potentially encourage them to perceive the language as socially acceptable. The extent of such language is low.

Gameplay - Satan yelling at his daughter Jezebel

Decision summary

The dominant effect of the game is a third-person console game set in a fictional underworld. The player has a heroic goal to obliterate evil demons and tear apart Hell in order to save the president.

Injuries are inflicted with weapons such as guns and knives, as well as physical beatings. This content is likely to be disturbing to children. There is also the risk of children becoming desensitised or inured over the long term to violence, and trivialising it, seeing it as amusing or exciting.

The likelihood of injury to the public good is avoided by restricting this game to players aged 13 and over. Teenagers and adults are likely to separate vicarious participation in the game world from real life violence.

Considerations have been weighed against relevant provisions of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. This classification is considered reasonable, demonstrably justifiable, and the minimum restriction applicable, in order to prevent likely injury to the public good.

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R13 label
R13: contains violence, offensive language and sexual references