The Australian Classification Board has issued their rating for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and for the first time in Call of Duty history, the title has been given a R18+ rating. All previous Call of Duty titles to date have only received a MA15+ rating in Australia.

What’s odd is that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was given the same check marks for each of the categories that the classification board rates a game on, but was officially rated MA15+. The difference in the rating is that all previous titles were ‘Strong violence’ while Black Ops 3 has ‘High violence.’ It might have to do with the gore that has been added into Black Ops 3.

The classification board says the game has “High impact violence, online interactivity,” but didn’t further elabroate as to why the increase in rating for this title.

In the US, the ESRB hasn’t officially released their rating description for the title yet. It’s expected to be rated M for Mature. The game is also expected to be rated PEGI 18 in Europe.

SOURCE: VG247

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  • ActuallyDeadInside

    FUCKING WHAT?!

  • Jhonatan Orlando Ferro

    Because of explosions and mutilation of bodies. probably

  • Redrum

    Malcolm Turnbull is t blame so yeah

    • Ghost

      Lol

    • D3ADWANTED 25

      Then we have another election, problem solved!

      • HoneyBadgerYTB

        An Election in Australia!? NO WAY

  • Kobrah

    This is going to be fun at work!

  • Prostidude

    As if blood, explosions, flying body parts, and a bow piercing your soul and blowing you up wasn’t enough. Just sayin…

  • matt murdock

    yeah thnks tony abbott you wanker

  • just drank bleach

    Doesn’t matter what rating it is, kids will still play it, could be rated AO and kids will still be playing it, after all it is cod: Children Online Daycare.

  • Ghost

    All it means is less squeakers on Day 1! I’ll take it!

    • Aceshigh87

      I wish that’s what it meant. Rated M means 17+ but that hardly means kids haven’t gotten it. Waiting in line to pick it up on launch day three years in a row now I’ve heard parents complaining that their kids made them go pick it up on launch day.

      Point is, rating doesn’t matter. It partly stops stores from selling it to people under the age but can’t do anything to stop them getting the digital version or having their parents buy it.

      Regardless of rating the squeakers will be present and loud. I just hope they mostly stick to Zombies.

      • RdJokr

        How about no? Zombies players don’t want squeakers any more than you MP guys.

        • Aceshigh87

          I’m just speaking for myself to be fair. Haven’t liked zombies since BO1 (and only played local anyway). So from my perspective I’d rather they be there.

          Zombies guys have every right to disagree and say the other way. Fact is, squeakers are here to stay in some way 🙁

  • Guywithbrains

    This is probably because of gore. However, children are still going to play this no matter the rating.

    Although I think some previous Call of Duty games (MW3, Black Ops series, AW) had PEGI 18 for nothing.

    • D3ADWANTED 25

      Yeah like 1/3 of parents have zero care of the age rating. I actually saw an indian kid who was like 10 or less yrs at the store insisting of telling his dad to buy GTA 5 kinda sad 🙁

      • FazalGaming

        So? A kid can’t play a game? I’ve been playing cod since I was 11.

        • Guywithbrains

          Well the game is rated M for mature for a good reason. Also you can see how children’s behavior changes when they play games that are meant for adults. Results are not good.

          • ScOott

            The results are fine, I’ve turned out all right, its only bad parenting that leads to bad behaviour, blaming games and films is just a cop out..

          • MichiganerE

            The truth.

          • Guywithbrains

            Blaming only bad parenting usually comes from a person who has been allowed to play PEGI 18 games when his/her age is below 18.

            Believe me or not but playing PEGI 18 games as 12 year old kid usually leads to aggressive behavior simply because of children imitate their behavior from games (beating up other people, swearing). Of course games and movies aren’t the only reason for bad behavior but I do believe games and movies are a big part of changing behavior.

            TLDR: Playing PEGI 18 games as a kid (age under 18) usually leads to aggressive behavior. But there are also many other reasons for it but I do believe aggressive behavior is learned either from parents or from games and movies.

          • ScOott

            I watched 18 films when I was 10 my grandad let me e every weekend when I went round, And also played the first gta about the same time.. I have never once been in a fight, I never get into arguments, I don’t road rage while I’m driving.. Your point is very stupid, you clearly know nothing on the subject.. U have just read a few news head lines and fell for media bull shit.. My friends from school all in the same boat as me and all have grown up to be success and not violent .. You are talking out your ass ..

          • Guywithbrains

            “I never get into arguments”… well I disagree about that.

            But anyway from us I am the one who actually knows more about this subject because I have studied hundreds of hours of psychology and it includes subject about things that change people’s behavior.

            The fact that you and your friends haven’t had any problems in terms of using violence or getting into arguments/fights (which is hard to believe because it is part of youth and life) it doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening. Especially today’s youth is really aggressive because playing M rated games has become more popular. Of course there are also another reasons but saying games and movies don’t affect in any ways is straight up lying and talking out your ass.

          • ScOott

            This is a cod comment section, you really think I argue with everyone irl about everything ? This is where you come to. Debate things ? I don’t know where you live, but it sounds like a pretty ruff area. “Fighting and arguing is part of a kids life” not where I’m from it sounds like your the one with violent issues because that’s not normal to me. If a kid is going to be a dick it’s nothing to do if he shot someone in the face in a tomb raider game, it’s because the environment he grew up In and the people he hangs round with and parents.. I let my little girl read red riding hood she’s going to break into people houses when she’s older and steal things like porridge …. NO..

          • Guywithbrains

            You clearly understood me wrong but that is fine. But just to clear things up: I grew up in safe and good circumstances and I wasn’t let to play PEGI 18 games when I was a kid.

            I am not trying to say games and movies are THE ONLY reason for aggressive behavior but it is clearly a major factor. So denying that fact is lying. But as I said there are so many factors that affect to behavior so it is hard to say that only specific things affect to children’s behavior. But movies and games are clearly one of them.

          • Siftblade

            I grew up in safe and good circumstances and I was allowed to play M rated games. Your point is irrelevant, the games make no difference on how a person acts. It’s how they’re treated and raised by their parents and peers. Different life experiences result in different results. There’s a difference between murdering someone because you played violent videogames (how the media portrays it), and murdering someone because you’re a psychopath/sociopath who just so happens to play video games (how it really is). If it was how the media portrayed it, then we would have a hell of a lot more violent people and killers on the loose.

          • Guywithbrains

            Games and movies affect to behavior and you can’t deny that. There have been so many researches about it so your logic is irrelevant here.

            What I am trying to say: they do affect but there are also other factors that affect to people’s behavior such as treating and raising. I don’t think that every murder and violent action is only because of games and movies.

            But maybe you and ScOott are one those who were lucky enough to be not affected by games and movies. After all we are individuals and some people are more sensitive than others.

          • ScOott

            Thank you for the spelling of my proper name, but I think we are not in a minority here, the people you are talking about are for sure..

          • Siftblade

            The “research” only shows correlation, not causation. There’s a major difference. Problem is, the media doesn’t care and just assumes correlation = causation. Correlation wuld be something like “Studies show that 90% of murders who killed someone also watched violent movies”. It doesn’t mean violent movies caused that. Hell, I’d say a huge majority of people on Earth watch violent movies, therefore you could also correlate that “90% of non-violent people watch violent movies”. The research just shows that there is some sort of link between the two. However, that link in no way, shape, or form has to be the cause. What correlation doesn’t account for is the other factors and the idea that the correlation could be completely coincidental. My psychology teacher used something like “The number of storks in America go up as the number of births go up”. It doesn’t mean that the birth rate is rising because there are more storks, it just means that for some reason, those two are related, whether it may be completely coincidental or due to another factor that isn’t accounted for. Like I was saying earlier, if someone decides to go on a shooting spree and they just so happen to play video games, it doesn’t mean it causes or even encourages that.

            Hell, how I see it, violent video games are helpful. Everytime you see someone do something crazy like shoot some place up, their backgrounds usually consist of being emotionally oppressed. They usually have no friends or family to talk about the emotional trauma they’re experiencing, and so instead they bottle all of their hate and anger in until they can’t take it anymore and commit said crime. Video games give people who can’t talk to someone an outlet for their anger that doesn’t involve harming the people around you. You can play the game and feel better after expressing their rage online. That’s how I see it anyways.

            Also, I seriously doubt Scott and I are some of the lucky few who haven’t become sociopaths yet, especially considering how many people play videogames.

          • LovekillerX

            But he never said that video games turn people to sociopaths, you just made that up for some reason. How I understood his comment was that he actually believes video games are ONE factor among the other factors (parenting, environment etc.) and that some people are more sensitive than others.

            Sure some people can play violent video games without any “consequences” to behavior but by saying it doesn’t affect AT ALL makes you look like a guy who doesn’t know anything about psychology. This comes from a person who is mainly learning psychology (counting hundreds of hours).

            I also believe violent video games affect some people’s behavior but some people are “immune” to that. It doesn’t matter if it is about minority or majority, it is a psychological fact that violent video games or movies affect generally to people’s behavior proven by many studies.

          • Siftblade

            “Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage.” He was describing sociopaths, I just used the proper name. I didn’t say it doesn’t effect us at all, I said that his “research” doesn’t prove shit. For all we know they have nothing to do with eachother, which is what I was trying to explain in my comment. Please show me the many studies that show me that video games cause violence. Oh wait, there are none. It’s all correlation, because that’s all they can do. There’s no way of testing what causes people to commit violent acts. Even if you lock someone in a room and don’t expose them to anything except violent videogames, it won’t prove that video games cause violence. For all we know the mental toll of being isolated with nobody to speak to caused it. See what I’m saying? The research doesn’t mean anything, the media just interprets it and makes a few assumptions here and there so that they can get a story out of it.

          • LovekillerX

            So you’re saying that psychological studies doesn’t mean sh*t? Psychology is pretty much based on studies so that was pretty weird claim…

            And by correlation you can make conclusions but those aren’t always facts (doesn’t mean it isn’t a fact sometimes). I don’t think you’ve ever studied psychology or if you have you have been told pretty weird stuff… or professors lie to me in university.

          • Siftblade

            My bad, what I meant was those specific studies don’t PROVE shit. They still hold meaning. They show that two things are connected, however they do not show how or why. They are basic statistics, and the most we can do is interpret them. You can make conclusions, yes, but those conclusions are always assumptions, not facts. Facts have to be proven. The assumptions could happen to be right, but they still aren’t facts. Also, I took a semester of Psychology last year. I’m no expert, obviously, as it isn’t my major, but I did fairly well in the course and these are some of the first things we were taught in the class (correlation vs causation, and statistics vs assumptions).

          • ScOott

            You read GuyWithBrains comments wrong, because for some reason you try and stick up for him no matter what .. He is saying that 18 video games make kids violent..

          • LovekillerX

            Hey I’m not his body guard I’m just studying psychology and people are saying pretty weird things here…

          • ScOott

            Ignore everything else, Guywithbrains is saying 18 rated video games makes kids violent, and your trying to stick up for him by bending his words.. He’s wrong plain and simple ..

          • LovekillerX

            It may make kids violent, you can’t deny that. Different thing is that how much (or if at all). As stated above, we are individuals and we are more or less sensitive than others.

          • ScOott

            You belive this statement honestly ? I got people on here I will stick up for all day long, but sometime someone will say something so stupid I can’t defend it ..

          • LovekillerX

            I don’t believe it because “Guywithbrains” says so. I believe it because I have been told so while studying psychology.

          • Siftblade

            You’ve been told that video games cause violence? Wow, maybe your teachers are lying to you, lol.

          • LovekillerX

            Video games MIGHT affect your behavior/it MAY have something to do with aggressive behavior. That is what I have been told.

          • Siftblade

            That’s what I said as well, it’s just the chances are very unlikely. Also, it was just a joke 😛

          • ScOott

            I have no more words .. I honestly don’t believe a teacher would tell you it cause kids to be violent. Every kid would be beating the shit out of everyone .. It makes no sense what so ever .. I can’t believe you think this as well..

          • LovekillerX

            Check my comment below (2 minutes ago to Siftblade) so you see what I have been told…

          • ScOott

            If it is or not, it’s the minority is what I’m saying a very small one, other wise like I said, we would have ww3 kids version, they would be all beating each other up left right and centre..

          • ScOott

            Thank god you are here, I don’t understand how one guy can have so many rediciilas opinions.

          • Kyle Soule

            I have honestly never seen comments so stupid and wrong than the ones I have seen today (referring to GuyWithBrains).

          • ScOott

            It’s clearly not a major factor or we would all be running round killing each other and beating each other up, 30 million gamers (random number) would all be trying to jump on each other head and shoot the shit out of each other, gaming has zero effect on bad behaviour in society..

            Yh you will get the odd fucked up kid (that everyone will make a big deal about, and that one kid will end up representing all kids in gaming forever) .. But that kid is a minority.. The average person will not be effected at all..

          • Kyle Soule

            If anything video games are an escape from reality and relieve stress. It just angers me when people instantly say that video games cause violence amd aggression.

          • w

            It “angers” you huh???? Guywithbrains was right!!!!!! Just kidding.

          • Kyle Soule

            Ok

          • Kyle Soule

            I think he should change his name to GuyWithShitForBrains.

          • ScOott

            Lmao! I’m going to use that on him one day..

          • Hamza

            A very young kid could play gta 5 and turn out OK because they got no idea whats going on, If like a 10 year old kid plays gta 5, they are gonna get aggressive. You want proof?

            “Guywithbrains had mummy, lock All the bad stuff away from him when he was little, he got wrapped up in cotton wool, and to this day still sucks him thumb to get him to go sleep at night-nights.. Now he thinks anyone who played video games when they were younger are very bad people who beat each other up..

            I reckon he lives in cookoo land ..”

            It also makes people dumb like ScOott because his argue is pretty much useless if he is just gonna prove other peoples point.

            Also it made Kyle Soule aggressive. He said “I think he should change his name to GuyWithShitForBrains.”

          • Nathan Egan

            Exactly right! I totally agree with this statement! Because one person hasn’t been affected doesn’t mean someone else wont!

          • Spoderman

            That’s just bullshit. I’ve been playing COD since I’m 12 and I’m probably the least aggressive guy I know. And I used to be pretty aggressive when I was like 6, lol.

          • Siftblade

            You sound like one of those people who blame people being murderers and physchopaths on videogames.

          • Aceshigh87

            Show me the studies. There has never been any evidence to support the claim that aggressive games cause aggressive behaviour. To the majority of people it has no effect because, even as kids, we are capable of distinguishing virtual from real. There’s simply no study out there that shows a cause and effect relationship.

            With that said, I don’t necessarily support 10 year olds playing GTA in the same way I don’t support them seeing R rated movies. yhe ratings exist for a reason but it’s not to stop aggressive behaviour.

          • Siftblade

            Exactly. It’s the same idea in that I can watch a gorey as hell movie without batting an eye, but if I see anything close to gruesome of real people, I almost throw up. It’s separating fiction from reality. IMO I agree, 10 year olds shouldn’t be watching any gruesome movies because they may not have developed the idea of reality vs. fiction (especially since movies use real actors). However, video games are pretty easy to tell the difference between, especially games like COD or GTA where it’s not even that graphic at all. Mortal Kombat is probably one of the few games I wouldn’t want my kid exposed to at a young age, just because of the X-rays and fatalities. Not because it can turn them into murderers, but because it will probably scar them, lol.

          • Kyle Soule

            Exactly. Same thing I said. Ratings are just to let parents know what the game contains.

          • Nathan Egan

            Just because you personally haven’t any effect from games doesn’t mean others haven’t! They are rated MA15+ and R18+ for a reason!

          • The7Reaper

            I let my little brother (who is 10) play some of my games ranging from Call of Duty to The Last of Us to Mortal Kombat and he watches horror movies like Nightmare on Elm Street Child’s Play and Friday The 13th and there is nothing wrong with he isn’t violent he isn’t bullied has plenty of friends and is passing in school so yeah.

          • Kyle Soule

            Exactly. I have turned out all right as well. As long as the child knows the difference between right and wrong, real and fake then its fine.

          • ScOott

            Guywithbrains had mummy, lock All the bad stuff away from him when he was little, he got wrapped up in cotton wool, and to this day still sucks him thumb to get him to go sleep at night-nights.. Now he thinks anyone who played video games when they were younger are very bad people who beat each other up..

            I reckon he lives in cookoo land ..

          • Kyle Soule

            LMAOO!! It is probably true too.

        • D3ADWANTED 25

          Well fortunately we everyone has the liberty to choose an array of games including its age rating

    • MichiganerE

      All the CoDs since CoD 4 have had a reason to be rated M. That reason being the campaigns.

      • D3ADWANTED 25

        All the characters in the cod campaign swear but the main culprit is the online community -_-

        • MichiganerE

          I don’t think you understand my comment.

          • D3ADWANTED 25

            whats your definition then?

          • MichiganerE

            There is no definition. What are you talking about?

          • D3ADWANTED 25

            Oh sorry i meant what do you mean about your comment?

          • MichiganerE

            That every CoD since 4 has had a reason to be rated M.

          • D3ADWANTED 25

            What are the factors then?

          • MichiganerE

            CoD 4: Nuke and blowing off a limb
            WaW: Dark setting, gore, mutilation and profanity
            MW2: Profanity
            BO1: Same reasons as WaW
            MW3: Same reasons as CoD 4
            BO2: Same reasons as WaW and BO1
            Ghosts: Same reason as MW2
            AW: Same reason as MW2 and Ghosts
            BO3: Same reasons as WaW, BO1 and BO2

          • D3ADWANTED 25

            Probably the most offenses is MW3 from the amount of controversies or was it MW2?

        • the online modes aren’t rated by the ESRB

          • D3ADWANTED 25

            I guess but it is mentioned as “online interactivity”

    • BO1 maybe, MW series hell no.

    • Fly Mann13

      Why would this be the first to be r18 if WaW was the had gore too

    • Tsaki

      Well BO1 had a lot of gore. Maybe not so much in multiplayer but the singleplayer was pretty brutal at some points.

    • CoDforever

      tbh i barely hear squeakers nowadays.

    • The7Reaper

      What I don’t get is why do people act like this generation of kids can’t play violent video games but people who are 18 or older brag about playing a certain violent game when they were younger like if the kids are bothering you that bad hit the damn mute button it’s there for a reason.

  • Imao!

  • k.

  • ScOott

    Unrelated, but it’s my birthday today, just switched on Metal Gear Solid on, and I’ve just had a cut scene where they give me a cake and sing happy birthday to me!

    • cool

      ok

    • FazalGaming

      happy bday fgt was the cake a shape of a d

      • ScOott

        Lol Yh man, ate that shit up..?

        • FazalGaming

          bet u luved it

    • Tuby

      Have a Nice birtday. All the sweg points or for you

      • ScOott

        Dank yew 😀

        • Happy birthday, you always first motherfucker.

    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCOOTT!!!!

      • ScOott

        thanks 🙂

        • I got furst on your birthday! 😀

          • ScOott

            Yess! Il take the sweg you got from the Furst as a present.. (If you don’t mind)

          • Haha sure, I don’t mind. I got so much! ??

        • But Mooooom, I want a caaaaakeee. 😛

          • ScOott

            Just help your self man, il leave it here on CI so every one can grab a slice ?

    • Kyle Soule

      Happy birthday Sc0ott!
      Here you go. Enjoy:)

      • ScOott

        Wow! Thanks man, il eat it later .

        • Kyle Soule

          No problem! The only thing I ask is that you save a slice for me and NoahGoa.

          • ScOott

            Yh man, I got sweg of NoaghGoa and cake off you, help your selfs ?

          • Kyle Soule

            Thanks! Oh wait a second. I forgot to get you a birthday present!

    • Juses

      HepyBurthdey Scoot

      • ScOott

        Dank yew juses..

  • jdc

    Good news. So when I turn 18 in Australia I can get my drivers license, go buy alcohol, and pick up a copy of BO 3……At least they didn’t ban the game like they do often in Australia….LOL

  • matt murdock

    Anyone from aus who is used to picking up from eb at midnight, do you know if there will be restrictions now? if i have already preordered i should be able to pick it up being under 18 right?

    • Kobrah

      Legally they can’t give it to you with out ID/guardian. Although how strict they will be I don’t know

      • matt murdock

        I’ll give them a ring before hand

  • Greasy Neckbeard

    Honestly, I don’t feel like ratings should exist. They serve no purpose.

    • Kobrah

      Usually used as more of a guide than rules

  • 3pac umaru shukar

    ima buy it but im only 9 xdddddd #fukdapiloce

    • You’re nine???? Children playing these games just makes me realized how sad parents can be. :/

  • Will

    Bit surprising it’s an 18 when CoD is aimed more at kids these days. BO3 looks extremely cartoony aswell.

  • ToonToons22

    You can only control the ratings of video games so much. Kids are still going to play this game anyway, it doesn’t matter if it’s rated 18+ or not. I have been playing these types of games since I was 7 years old, and yet I have never felt the need to kill someone or commit violent acts like these game classification boards say. In fact, I have actually found these games to be stress-relieving.

  • ScOott

    Keshav you spelt source wrong lol ..

    • FazalGaming

      lmfao i was drinking and you made me spit it out xd

    • ToonToons22

      He also spelled elaborate wrong, if you haven’t noticed.

      • FazalGaming

        keshav was high when writing this

        • ScOott

          Lmao!!

      • ScOott

        lol I’m far from a gramma nazi, my spelling is terrible, it was just that one was stupidly obvious xD

    • Kyle Soule

      Look at you calling Keshav out lol.

      • ScOott

        Lol it did say “siurce” … Eyem veri gud et spelin ..

        • Kyle Soule

          Yus ew er

  • Daniel

    I play GTA since I was 5 & I couldnt be mentally better, ratings mean nothing

    • Nathan Egan

      Ha lol! keep believing ratings mean nothing! Your probably an immature young boy with too much to say!

      • DeadZombieGaming 12

        If you are a kid that can handle gore and stuff, ratings aren’t important… except if you go out shopping! 😀

  • CoDforever

    and ironically halo 5 is the first halo to be rated T lol

    • MichiganerE

      Halo Wars was rated T, and to think that Halo is just now getting the proper rating. Maybe because of Destiny’s success as a rated T game, 343 and Microsoft believe Halo 5 will also be successful at the same rating.

      • CoDforever

        halo wars was something else entirely though. This is part of the main games.

    • Kyle Soule

      Are you serious?

      • CoDforever

        yep, its like destiny now

    • SpetsnazAIRBORNE

      Lol the whole time I read the article I’m like “HA! suck it Halo 5 your not as mature of a game as CoD!” 🙂 lol

      • GTA V

        Stupid fuck

        • SpetsnazAIRBORNE

          Lol what’s up your ass?

          • GTA V

            Your dad faggot

          • SpetsnazAIRBORNE

            Lol my dads up your ass?

          • GTA V

            Yeah balls deep so he’s a faggot

          • SpetsnazAIRBORNE

            well… Thanks for talking about him… He’s been dead for a few years now.

          • GTA V

            You brought him up…. but alrighty then

    • Kobrah

      What is T?

      • w

        T for Teen

        • Kobrah

          Thanks

  • Michael

    Wow such breaking news

  • Ak74u

    No nerf on black hat yet???

  • Ricardo Rodriguez

    Idk If they do it in Australia the same way kids do it here in America but a rating really doesn’t matter due to the fact that kids will eventually make their parents get it for them or just buy it digitally.. Hopefully more of the annoying bunch of squeakers stick to the MP side BO3 and not zombies(no offense) but I don’t wanna hear repeatedly “HELP! Revive me, I got the Ray Gun!” 20 times in a match… (this is just my opinion). P.S. I’m also new to CI so hello everyone!

    • Kyle Soule

      Welcome newcomer! Btw I agree with you.

      • Ricardo Rodriguez

        Thanks lol!

    • Ascending Legend

      Yea, parents still buy the kids the game. I remember a few years ago when picking up Black ops 2 there was this one kid who was about 8-9 years old ripping up the collectors edition box his Mum just bought him.

      • Ricardo Rodriguez

        Wow.. some parents buy whatever their child wants not knowing or caring about the ESRB rating or such… Parents should only buy it for kids who are suitable for it….

  • Ryumoau

    Is the game already complete enough to get fully rated? Guess i was expecting them to at least still be working on campaign right up till early October.

    • GTA V

      Bodies are exploding left and right sooooo yeah….

  • GTA V

    Rated 18 and target audience will be 10-17

    • Kyle Hubbard

      Lol, pretty much. Although parents seem to be more cautious with R ratings as they are with MA ratings, so less 10-17s and hopefully more 18+’s.

      • GTA V

        You look 13 faggot. How old is you? What’s your name? Reggie? Nigga you at least 30

  • Kyle Hubbard

    Both as an Australian, and a gamer, I am actually happy with this decision. The Australian Classifications Board may be known for giving the harshest ratings, but I would prefer for media to be given a harsher rating than a lighter one. There are a range of negative impacts with this decision, but CoD has always barely made it under the MA15+ rating. I believe this has made some parents more aware of the content of COD games, so they can make an informed decision for their child.

  • But I’ve already preordered like last month..
    Does this mean I need someone over 18 to pick it up?

    • Ascending Legend

      Yep. They’ll take your money if your’re under 18, but they’ll want an adult for pickup.

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    Map:Oldschool

  • Nathan Egan

    I’m really disappointing in the call of duty franchise! I recently turned 15 (20/9) and was super excited to go in and pre-order MY first MA rated game (you know flash that 15 year old ID lol!) but was really disappointing when the rating was R! I was informed by EB games Australia that the game was to be rated MA15+….. So i’m really disappointing in Call Of Duty (luckily there is Fall Out 4, Destiny, Battlefield, Just cause 3 etc…) But at least i can play the older ones…. I think a lot of people will be in the same situation as me! I am extremely disappointed, there is no need for excessive gore, blood is alright but having gore? With all the strife in the world (terrorist etc) this game didn’t need to encourage more gore into it!

  • BigDaddy75

    My son is 11 years of age and he has asked me if he could get “Black ops 3”. So I did some research, this is what I got.
    -Campaign is MA15+ According to the classification.
    -Multiplayer is M12+ According to the classification.
    -Zombies is R18+ According to the Classification.
    Its most likely that the cause of it being R18+ because of the “zombies” with it having gore, very high violence and horror themes.
    Multiplayer is M12+ because of high violence and online activity.
    Campaign is MA15+ because of high violence, mild language, gore and online activity.
    With the research, I only let my son play “campaign” and “multiplayer”

    • Joel Cooper

      Can you please show me the websites that said multiplayer is 12+? I am a 15 year old boy trying to convince my parents to allow me to get bo3 and I’m only interested in multiplayer. That would mean a lot thanks!