PEGI 18 games now in Windows Store, starting with GTA IV and The Witcher 2

Following word earlier this year on the situation, Microsoft has begun accepting games to the Windows Store with a rating of PEGI 18, allowing Europeans access to mature content via the Store for the first time. Microsoft is calling this a "step forward in a rich tradition of supporting gaming on Windows", without mentioning the previous issue where ESRB M rated games were allowed on the Store while PEGI 18 games were not.

Two major games are now available for Europeans via the Windows Store: Take Two's Grand Theft Auto IV, and CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 2. These games were previously available only for those people outside Europe, as both games are rated PEGI 18 and weren't allowed in the Store until now. If you're a parent and you're worried your child might access these games, there are parental controls built in that can filter out mature content from the Store.

Of course it should also be noted that games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and The Witcher 2 have been available in Europe through other game distribution platforms, such as Steam, for some time now. The lifting of restrictions surrounding PEGI 18 games only affects the Windows Store, where you'll now be able to find all sorts of gory content all around the globe.

Source: Windows Store blog | Image via Rockstar

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I recommend the Witcher 2, i thought it was a good game. Stay away if you don't like games with lots of cut scenes and dialog.

I am still yet to finish Witcher 1.

If W2, is anything like W1, I have to say that it is a game meant for mature people.
Which means it is better than most RPGs.

never played the witcher, but witcher 2 is brilliant. once you get into it (the opening instroduction is a bit tedious and buggy) it gets really good.. and only gets better.

ArialBlue said,
Eww GTAIV

Horrible PC port. (or attempt at thereof)

GTA SA runs circles around IV in terms of fun and gameplay.

I wouldn't exactly "ewww" at GTA IV, though.

GS:mac

These games are all PC bases games im guessing yes? As in not RT but x86/x64?

Will be interesting to see how MS takes off with this considering the vendors now set the price 100%

brent3000 said,
These games are all PC bases games im guessing yes? As in not RT but x86/x64?

Will be interesting to see how MS takes off with this considering the vendors now set the price 100%


The store lists x86 apps for windows 8 aswell. The purchase and downloading/management just doesn't go through the store.

sagum said,
Unreal 3 engine runs on RT. Expect to see unreal engine based games as native metro apps.
Just don't expect them to run fast. ARM SoC don't have anything comparable to a good NVidia or ATA graphics card.