The BBFC has given Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), which is released, tomorrow, an uncut 18 certificate.
The BBFC states that the game, which involves chasing armed mercenaries through London Underground Tube carriages, establishes a context which may be unsettling and upsetting.
BBFC director, David Cooke, said they would not be restricting the game’s London scenes. The board’s decision to restrict the game to adults primarily reflects some moments of strong violence, but also takes account of these contextual elements.
When news of the game’s content leaked earlier this year, it was panned by the nutters of Mediawatch-UK for being in incredibly poor taste.
Some bloggers have also reacted against a teaser trailer released late last week by the game’s creators, which include gaming publisher Activision, stating it is heavy-handed and gratuitous.
The trailer shows a parked truck full of explosives vapourising next to a mother and child. It’s a somewhat heavy-handed approach to get some shock value out of the game’s story, said Pete Davison, contributing editor at gaming website GamePro.com