'Left 4 Dead 2' Banned In Australia

"Left 4 Dead 2" would obviously love to one-up its predecessor as much as possible, but due to the game's violent content, it may have outdone itself in Australia. The zombie-hunting sequel earned a brick-wall "RC" rating from the Australian government, indicating that it has been refused classification, without which Valve will have a hard time putting in on Aussie shelves.

Australia, which currently does not offer an 18+ rating for video games, refused to classify "Left 4 Dead 2" due its "realistic, frenetic and unrelenting violence," according to Joystiq. The game joins such titles as Gameloft's "Sexy Poker" and Piranha Bytes' RPG "Risen" on the ban list in the Land Down Under.

Considering the gore level present in the first "Left 4 Dead," which got a green light into the Aussie market, the sequel must have really slammed on the gas pedal with its violent content to earn such a distinction -- that is of course unless the people making Australia's game-ratings choices just felt extra prudish the day the game floated across their desks. Gore-lovers, meanwhile, in Australia and the rest of the world over are a likely going to be extra curious to see what ultra-offensive ban-worthy content put "Left 4 Dead 2" over the bar.

Do you think Australia should have an adult rating available for video games? Are you shocked to hear that "Left 4 Dead 2" has been declared more mature than "Left 4 Dead"? Share your reactions in the comment section below.