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Aliens vs. Predator MP demo tomorrow (PC, PS3, 360)

With just a fortnight to go until Aliens vs. Predator‘s release for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 (the 16th in North America, and the 19th in Europe), Sega have announced the release of a multiplayer demo tomorrow for all 3 platforms.

Obviously, it would have been a logistical nightmare to release demos for each of the three single-player campaigns, but the online demo will let players take control of all three species in a deathmatch. As people following the game closely will be aware, extreme violence will ensue.

You can grab the demo from Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live tomorrow.

[via Eurogamer]


Coming Soon: February 2010

What, you didn’t hear? Next month, there’ll be some video games coming out. But what will they be? When will they be released? All of these mysteries and more shall be revealed!

It seems like a big month for PC gamers, with an onslaught of titles including 2 MMOs – Global Agenda and Star Trek Online. On the other side of the spectrum, it’s a quiet month for the Wii, with just Endless Ocean 2 on the horizon. There are some big games for the PS3 on the way which have been a long time coming, specifically White Knight Chronicles and Heavy Rain. Meanwhile, the big HD multi-platform releases of the month are Aliens vs. Predator, BioShock 2, and Dante’s Inferno.

February 1
Global Agenda (PC)
Tropico 3 (360)

February 2
White Knight Chronicles (PS3) – North America
Star Trek Online (PC) – North America
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (PC) – North America

February 4
Dante’s Inferno (PS3, 360, PSP) – PAL

February 5
Star Trek Online (PC) – Europe
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (PC) – Europe
Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Wii) – Europe

February 9
BioShock 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
Dante’s Inferno (PS3, 360, PSP) – North America

February 10
Stargate Resistance (PC)

February 16
Aliens vs. Predator (PC, PS3, 360) – North America
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) – North America
Ragnarok Online DS (DS)
Heavy Rain (PS3) – Japan

February 18
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) – Australia

February 19
Aliens vs. Predator (PC, PS3, 360) – Europe
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) – Europe

February 22
Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Wii) – North America

February 23
Heavy Rain (PS3) – North America
Napoleon: Total War (PC)
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (PS3, 360)

February 24
Heavy Rain (PS3) – Europe

February 25
Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Wii) – Australia
Heavy Rain (PS3) – Australia

February 26
Heavy Rain (PS3) – UK / Ireland

Aliens vs. Predator now MA 15+ in Australia

The Classification Review Board’s meeting on whether or not to reverse the decision on SEGA and Rebellion’s Aliens vs. Predator has resulted in a reversal of the previous decision to refuse classification, which had effectively banned the game from Australia.

Whether or not the decision was influenced by the rising pressure to implement an R 18+ rating for video games in Australia is questionable. The official statement, which notes that the decision was unanimous among the three-person panel, notes that “Computer games classified MA 15+ are not suitable for persons under 15 years of age. MA 15+ computer games are legally restricted.” This means that these titles are not suitable for children, which is a reason some have given for not having an R 18+ rating.

They further justify their decision: “In the Review Board’s opinion the violence depicted in the game can be accommodated within the MA 15+ category as the violent scenes are not prolonged and are interspersed with longer non violent sequences. The violence is fantastical in nature and justified by the context of the game, set in a futuristic science-fiction world, inhabited by aliens and predators. This context serves to lessen
its impact. The more contentious violence is randomly generated and is not dependent on player selection of specific moves.”

[Classification Review Board via @dr_nic]

Aliens vs. Predator banned in Australia, developers disappointed

Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification has brought the hammer down on yet another game – Rebellion Developments’ Aliens vs. Predator. Featuring both the Aliens (from Alien(s)) and Predator (from Predator), the game was always going to be bloody. But what exactly does the OFLC take offence with? According to an official statement:

“The game contains first-person perspective, close-up depictions of human characters being subjected to various types of violence, including explicit decapitation and dismemberment as well as locational damage such as stabbing through the chest, mouth, throat, or eyes.”

Clearly, this is deemed unsuitable for children. Under the Australian classification for games, which goes up to MA 15+ and famously lacks the R 18+ rating extended to films, this means it is refused classification and therefore as good as banned. Rebellion Developments CEO Jason Kingsley has expressed disappointment in the decision, and agrees that the title is unsuitable for children. They will also not be releasing a “sanitised” version, unlike Valve with Left 4 Dead 2.

Obviously, Australian gamers are equally disappointed. Hopefully SEGA, the title’s publisher, will appeal the decision. If you see an Australian gamer online, give them a hug, instead of (like some) taking the chance to kick them while they’re down.

[via Joystiq, GamesIndustry.Biz]