Well, here’s a humongous head-scratcher of a story: PS1 titles Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 have been rated for release on, er, the PlayStation 3. New information published by European classifications board PEGI shows the two classic crime simulations have been awarded a 16 and an 18 age rating respectively.
“2D top down view free roam action game,” the synopsis reads. “Gameplay is based around being a criminal and includes stealing cars, shooting other gangsters, shooting pedestrians, [and] driving over people.” The consumer advice for the first title continues: “Contains glamorisation of crime and occasional strong bad language.”
To be honest, we don’t have a clue what’s going on here. There’s some speculation that the titles may have been rated for PlayStation Now, but that doesn’t seem all that likely to us. The alternative is that this is licensing related or an outright mistake. We’ll reach out to Rockstar to try and learn more, and we’ll let you know when hear back.