PC version of GTA IV unedited in Australia

Grand Theft Auto IV, like most videogames in Australia, received edits in order to get its MA15+ rating from the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification. However, in a rare case of PC gamers getting a little extra love, it turns out that the home computer version of GTA IV is to hit store shelves without edits.

Grand Theft Auto IV PC has been rated MA15+ strong violence, sex scenes, coarse language, and drug references by the Australian Classification Office. The PC game is unedited in any way and identical in content to the international version,” confirmed a Rockstar rep. 

Quite why the PC version gets off the hook is unclear. We do know that the edits made to the console version were wholly voluntary on the part of Rockstar, so maybe it turns out that those edits were unnecessary. It’s also not been announced whether console versions will be updated to match their international counterparts, but I imagine it won’t be worth Rockstar’s time after all these months.

F.E.A.R 2, however, was recently refused a rating and will not be available to Australia gamers, just in case you thought the country had suddenly grown some balls in terms of game classification.

Jim Sterling