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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]

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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]

Finally confirmed: Michael Jackson composed Sonic 3 music

According to an interview in the French Michael Jackson magazine, Black & White, the world-famous pop star was unquestionably responsible for the composition of some of the music in Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Composer Brad Buxer made the confirmation, claiming “I’ve never played the game so I do not know what tracks on which Michael and I have worked the developers have kept, but we did compose music for the game.” He also suggests that the reason Michael was not credited was because he was unhappy with the quality of the sound produced by the console. It has been suggested in the past that the mystery was a result of the scandals related to the star at the time.

The interview also confirms the chords for the song “Stranger in Moscow” use music they composed for Sonic 3.

[VGMdb Forums via @goodgaming]

Bayonetta scores 10 at Edge, 11th game to do so

Huh. Bayonetta is making some waves in the world of reviewers. In both of the magazine reviews I’ve heard reports of, it has scored maximum marks; first in Famitsu and now in December’s edition of Edge.

While I don’t use review scores, or even hold them in particularly high regard, high scores from Edge are fairly noteworthy, as they use something of a different scale than other outlets. A 5 from Edge is what they consider an average game, while a 5 elsewhere typically indicates poor quality. (Edge themselves claim that “10 = ten, 9 = nine”, and so on.)

Bayonetta is the first title to receive the score this year, joining 10 other titles including 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV and LittleBigPlanet, and 2007’s Halo 3, The Orange Box, and Super Mario Galaxy. Expect Bayonetta to hit store shelves on January 5 in the US and January 8 in Europe.

[via NeoGAF]

Bayonetta: Climax Edition announced – Australia & NZ exclusive?

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A collector’s edition of Bayonetta has been announced by SEGA Australia – the amusingly-named Climax Edition. Available at “selected retailers” (presumably Australia’s big three – EB Games, JB Hi-Fi, and GAME), the package includes the soundtrack on CD, a 36-page hardcover art book, and slipcase packaging.

It seems as though the gun pictured above, a limited-edition replica of the Scarborough Fair, only comes with (early) pre-orders of the Climax Edition, which will cost at least over $100 AUD, the RRP of the standard edition.

The deal is running for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, which is due to hit Australian (and New Zealander) stores on January 7.

[via PlayStation Australia, NeoGAF] (Thanks, Vook.)

Bayonetta receives Famitsu’s 12th perfect score

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Update: Turns out, only the Xbox 360 version received the perfect score, with the PlayStation 3 version only scoring a paltry 38/40. Oh dear.

The first review of Platinum Games’ action game Bayonetta is out, and is – quite surprisingly – one which finds the game entirely without fault. Popular Japanese magazine Famitsu gave reportedly given it 40/40 (Famitsu’s 4 review editors each score games out of 10), making it not only the twelfth game ever to see a perfect score, but the first Xbox 360 title to do so.

The gameplay is similar to that of Devil May Cry, and is likely to appeal to Western audiences as well as the Japanese market, with a combination of violence and sexiness. Bayonetta is due in Japan on October 29th, and will hit Western shores in January 2010.

[livedoor via NeoGAF]