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Heavy Rain banned in the UAE

Submitted by on Tuesday, 23 February 20103 Comments

UAE flag e1266868427578 Heavy Rain banned in the UAESony have confirmed that Heavy Rain will not go on sale in the United Arab Emirates – another one bites the dust?

Many  of us have been looking forward to Heavy Rain’s release – Team Attitude certainly have.

The game is flying high in the Metacritic ratings, despite splitting critic’s opinions.

Not everyone is happy to see it though.  Sony have released a statement saying;

“The UAE’s National Media Council (NMC) has banned Heavy Rain on PlayStation 3. Heavy Rain has an 18+ PEGI rating and has been conceived from the earliest stages as a genuinely adult experience.

This means that it deals with strong content including blood and nudity, but treats this content in a mature and sensitive manner. The game is not intentionally controversial or sensationalist, and all the themes and content are consistent with what consumers would expect to see in a mainstream Hollywood thriller.”

We think it is a real shame that the people of the UAE won’t be able to experience this epic thriller – isn’t this the type of mass censorship that encourages piracy?

And no, the irony of Heavy Rain not appearing in a desert country isn’t lost on us either.