The Last of Us gets R18+ rating for Australia

Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic thriller scores itself an adult rating from the Australian Classification Board.

The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic thriller (complete with psychotic mushroom men ), has joined the select ranks of video games that have been classified R18+ under the new options given to the Australian Classification Board (ACB).

(Credit: Naughty Dog)

According to the ACB website, the R18+ was given for its "high-impact violence", but it also noted that the game has a "strong impact" in terms of its themes and "moderate impact" for language.

Given the fairly brutal and visceral nature of the combat in the small section we played, we're not too surprised. But given the dark tone of the game (from what we've seen so far), we think an adult rating is a good call, thanks to the more "Cormac McCarthy" elements of the story.

The Last of Us arrives on 14 June, and is exclusive to the PlayStation 3.

About the author

Nic Healey is a Senior Editor with CNET, based in the Australia office. His passions include bourbon, video games and boring strangers with photos of his cat.


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