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Heavy Rain gets 15 certificate in UK

Heavy Rain gets 15 certificate in UK

Quantic Dream's Hevay Rain has been given a 15 certificate in the UK despite tackling very mature themes.

Heavy Rain, the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive from the developer of Fahrenheit and The Nomad Soul, has been given a 15 certificate by the BBFC in the UK despite tackling some very mature themes.

Interestingly, the reason for the 15 certificate as opposed to an 18 rating could be seen as a snub to the claims made by developer Quantic Dream about the quality of the graphics.

"These are obviously not real people, or real people acting," the BBFC told IncGamers.

Heavy Rain has drawn a lot of attention for the stunning quality of the graphics and the lengths that the team has gone to in order to create a cast of 'virtual actors', including buying their own motion capture studio. We had a look at the game mid-2009 and were completely blown away by the attention to detail and the way that the characters were animated.

"[i]It all depends on the level of blood and violence. We use the same classification for games as we do for films, and this game is suitable for a 15 audience,[i]" added the BBFC spokesperson.

Quantic Dream owner David Cage has promised that the game will update the adventure game genre and deal with mature themes in a responsible and interesting manner, unafraid of issues such as sex, violence and loss. You can read more about the game in our Games to Watch in 2010 article, or read our older discussion with David about the problems of creating interesting characters in a computer game.

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Flibblebot 6th January 2010, 12:12 Quote
I would have thought a 15 certificate would have been a good thing?

But most people don't take notice of age ratings on games, so it won't make the slightest bit of difference anyway ;)
TheoGeo 6th January 2010, 14:26 Quote
you've put "Hevay Rain" in the caption for the image
DXR_13KE 6th January 2010, 20:09 Quote
There are also italic tags in the text.

edit:

"[i]It all depends on the level of blood and violence. We use the same classification for games as we do for films, and this game is suitable for a 15 audience,[i]" added the BBFC spokesperson.
Blademrk 6th January 2010, 20:22 Quote
missing the / in the italic tags.

I would have thought a 15 rating would have been a good thing too.
NuTech 6th January 2010, 20:57 Quote
This is why I really respect the BBFC, they don't pander to pre-release hype nor do they care about it.

Regardless of what developers tell us, all 'photo-realistic' graphics, are just that, graphics. I highly doubt anybody has ever thought (even for a moment) "wow, is that real?" when playing a video game.

If the game isn't too gratuitous, why shouldn't any theme be acceptable at '15'.

Reminds me of Mass Effect's original release. PEGI saw fit to classify the game '18' while the BBFC, looking at the game as a whole, classified it a '12'.
rickysio 7th January 2010, 07:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
Regardless of what developers tell us, all 'photo-realistic' graphics, are just that, graphics. I highly doubt anybody has ever thought (even for a moment) "wow, is that real?" when playing a video game.

Err, I did, during Crysis.
Fod 7th January 2010, 08:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Err, I did, during Crysis.

impressive, yes. realistic? naaah.
Bauul 7th January 2010, 09:38 Quote
I agree, the BBFC is one of the most mature and sensible ratings bodies around. Case in point: Peter Jackson's Brain Dead. The Amiercan classifcation board found it so offensive they demanded so many cuts it had to be renamed as a different film (Dead Alive). The BBFC thought it was hilarious and let it pass completely uncut, one of only two bodies to allow that (the other was Japan, naturally).
Gnuser 7th January 2010, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by BBFC
These are obviously not real people, or real people acting

Then how comes Deadspace didn't also get a 15 rating? Seems like they must have thought all those monsters must have been real, or real monsters acting.
boggsi 15th January 2010, 21:50 Quote
Just registering my dis-intrest in anything non-PC on a PC-centric website.
GravitySmacked 16th January 2010, 13:56 Quote
I'm considering getting a PS3 these days and Heavy Rain may well tip me over the edge. Looks very promising.
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