Spartacus Legends, a free-to-play XBLA and PSN game from Ubisoft, is now the Buzz Aldrin of Australian R18+ videogames.
The game bares significant similarities to Deadliest Warrior (both being based on a TV series and involving one-on-one historical battles), and is down for release some time in early 2013.
PlayerAttack first reported the R rating, which follows from Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for Wii U, which was the first title to receive the rating.
Much like with Razor’s Edge, however, I question the ease with which the R18+ rating is being used.
In the case of Razor’s Edge, the violence is action-oriented and lacks emotional depth. In the case of Spartacus Legends, while the trailer does make the game look plenty gory, it’s a one-on-one fighting game, which presents an inherent kitsch value from a gameplay perspective which removes some of the impact of the violence being depicted. Furthermore, such a genre is prone to extreme repetition of actions and cheesy preambles, further robbing the violence of much of its weight.
In any case, the R18+ rating is here and the Classification Board certainly isn’t afraid to use it. The MA15+ rating hasn’t been muted or ignored, however, with Castlevania and Defiance both receiving the classification.