It's not often that you hear about a PlayStation game being refused classification and therefore release in certain regions, but that's what's happened to Omega Labyrinth Z. The dungeon crawler sees you manage a party of girls as they search for the 'Holy Grail of Beauty'. Doesn't sound too out of the ordinary when it comes to niche Japanese role-playing games, right?
Fair warning: the below trailer isn't safe for work.
As evidenced by the video, it's fair to say that Omega Labyrinth Z really doubles down on anime boobies and nudity -- and that's what organisations like the Video Standards Council Rating Board aren't happy with. This is clear from the board's report on the game, which reads:
There are numerous mini-games which feature sexually explicit and ultimately problematic content. Examples include:
The player touches certain points on a female character’s body to arouse them. A successful action will activate a “shame break” where parts of their clothing come off revealing more of their bodies. The female characters respond with varying degrees of sexual innuendo and arousal.
The player places honey on the girls’ bodies. A fantastical dog-like creature then proceeds to lick the honey off their bodies which causes them to become aroused. Like the previous mini-game, when they reach a certain level of arousal parts of their clothing fall off or vanish. As the dog licks at the honey, the girls respond with sexualised language.
In both this mini-game and the previous one, if their breasts or thighs are touched a jiggle animation will be shown. Selecting the correct area on their body during a “shame break” will also result in the ‘E-spot’ being activated and the character will respond with heightened pleasure.
A crystal can be placed between a character’s breasts. The player must then fondle and rub the breasts together in order to identify what is in the crystal. The crystal itself has a clearly phallic quality to it. The player controls the breasts with the analogue sticks or touchpad. There is also a variation of this mini-game where the player can make a fairy-like character rub herself up and down on the crystal with accompanying moans of pleasure.
The hot-spring mini-game allows the player to fondle the girls’ breasts. There is no other interaction in these scenes. Before starting the scene, the player can select which female they wish to interact with and choose their breast size. For taking part in this optional mini-game the characters are cured of all ailments and receive stat boosts.
It's the fact that some girls are obviously underage that appears to be the real problem, though. The report continues:
The game is explicit in its setting within a “school” environment and the majority of the characters are young girls - one child is referred to as being a “first year” student and is seen holding a teddy bear. The game clearly promotes the sexualisation of children via the sexual interaction between the game player and the female characters. The style of the game is such that it will attract an audience below the age of 18.
As a result, Omega Labyrinth Z won't be launching in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, or New Zealand, publisher PQube confirmed on Twitter. Apparently, the company's appeal was also rejected, so the decision is final.
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