Marvel’s Midnight Suns Has Been Rated Overseas

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns has been given a 16+ rating in Singapore and a mature rating in Australia. Developed by Firaxis Games (XCOM), it was announced in August 2021. It was given a mature rating in Australia for mature themes and supernatural violence. This rating means the game is not recommended for children under the age of 15. Regulators in Singapore say it has realistic but not graphic violence, crude language, and sexual themes. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is expected to release later this year.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns’ is a turn-based, strategy roleplaying game set in the Marvel universe. It follows the protagonist (the Hunter) and a group of superheroes as they battle the demon Lilith and the villainous Hydra organization, to prevent the resurrection of an evil being known as Chthon.

The game is rated Advisory 16 (Suitable for 16 & Above).

The main protagonist Hunter can be customized as a male or female hero, and will fight alongside other superheroes against demons, Hydra soldiers and supervillains. Gameplay takes place in two parts – a hub section known as The Abbey, and the battle stages. In the Abbey, the player will control only the Hunter in third-person perspective to explore the hub, interact with other characters, choose missions to undertake, manage inventory and items, decorate the protagonist’s room and customize his/her appearance and outfits. The narrative is progressed through intermittent cinematic scenes, and when the player completes main missions.

The Hunter and two other superheroes will take on enemies in turn-based combat that employs a card-battle system. The player will choose from a deck of cards to play during each turn, which translate to combat actions and attacks with melee and ranged weapons, or special superhuman abilities. There are limited blood effects in some sequences. The stronger scenes depict characters being slashed or stabbed, without explicit details. The Advisory 16 guidelines allow “realistic but not excessively graphic violence with depiction of blood.”

The player may encounter scenes of female characters wearing bikinis or cleavage-revealing outfits. During certain dialogue scenes, in journal notes and in-game text messages, the player may come across references to romantic affection between female characters, without any actual depictions of intimacy.

In some scenes, characters can be heard using crude language such as “asshole”, “bastard” and “bitch”. During battles, there is also inferred use of expletives, but the utterances are incomplete in the audio and subtitles – E.g. “mother~ ” and “fu~”.

Sources: Australian Classification, IMDA (via Twisted Voxel)

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As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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