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Call of Duty: Black Ops gets a Cero Z rating

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Call of Duty Black OpsAn interesting tidbit concerning Call of Duty: Black Ops was revealed by Square Enix today. While Activision and Treyarch’s FPS received a Mature rating in North America and deemed appropriate for gamers ages 17 and up, it’s received a Cero Z rating in Japan. Cero Z is equivalent to the ESRB’s Adults Only rating here, for people over the age of 18. Square Enix made the announcement because it’s responsible for bringing the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops to Japan.

The Cero Z rating comes even after the announcement that Call of Duty: Black Ops will be censored, due violence, in Japan. It’ll still be bloody and there’ll be harsh language. Japan just made Square Enix remove any scenes that might show soldier’s arms or legs being blown off. Apparently, those kinds of images aren’t considered appropriate in Japanese video games.

In case you’re curious, Call of Duty: Black Ops received downright lenient ratings in both Europe and Australia. It has a BBFC rating of 15, meaning it’s recommended for gamers over the age of 15. The OFLC gave it an M rating, which means the game has been deemed appropriate for players 13 and over.

Call of Duty: Black Ops will be appearing at Square Enix’s booth at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show this year, and debuting in Japan in Winter 2010. Except for the Windows version, which has a TBA release date. People in Japan will be able to choose between dubbed and subtitled versions of the games. Call of Duty: Black Ops makes its US debut November 9, 2010.

Read [Square Enix Extreme Edges (Japanese)] Via [Kotaku] Also Read [Siliconera]

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  • The Shepherd

    Well actually an 'M' in Australia means 'Recomended for Mature Audiences' but any age is still legally allowed access to it while a UK's '15' rating means it is illegal for anyone under the age of 15 to play it even with an adult.

    Either way though they are still much more leniant than no one under the age of 18.

  • George

    I didn't think that bbfc had rated it yet?(in Europe btw) I have been searching to find the answer to the age rating of black ops for about a week now. I live in the UK. Where did you get this information? is it a guess? is that certain or is that a rumour? i would like to know as soon as posible. Thanks alot :D

  • chris

    i'd love to know too because my mum just won't let me pre-order it unless iprove to her that it is a 15 please would you let me know too as soon as possible

  • Jenni Lada

    I googled and saw the rating at a European video game website. I thought it was Game.co.uk, but when I checked back at the link today I saw that only the PEGI rating was shown and the BBFC wasn't. The PEGI rating is 18+, so no Call of Duty Black Ops for you if you're under 18, I guess.