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9 games you probably played and didn't even know were censored

Twisted Metal's head developer David Jaffe has said in an interview this week that a man strapped to a gurney laden with explosives found in the European version of the forthcoming PS3 Twisted Metal is to be replaced with a dead man strapped to a gurney laden with explosives. Also, the scissor/eye stabbing scene seen on the internet already is going to lose the actual stabbing imagery too in the final EU version of the game - all at the request of the game's publisher, Sony. But before you boo too hard, note that this is just the latest in a long line of pre-release censorship. For example...

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Censored in: Everywhere

This one is crazy. With the heavy restrictions on violence, the undead... and pretty much everything in the German media, the original The House of the Dead was refused classification in the country. But because game developers are not allowed to even reference games that were refused classification, all traces of the name The House of the Dead had to be removed from the friendlier Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. The result?

Above: 'Curien Mansion' is the name given in place of 'The House of the Dead'

Amazing, isn't it? If there's any horror game that simply cannot be taken seriously, it's HotD. But this neutering is shocking. Predictably, it extended to Sega All-Stars Tennis too. Speaking with the devs I was told the zombies don't bite you if they catch you... they 'give you a cuddle'. Aww.

Soul Blade/Soul Edge

Censored in: Europe

Soul Calibur's 32-bit predecessor was ace. Some even claim that it's the best game in the series. We're not so sure about that, but it does have Li Long in instead of Elvis impressionist Maxi. That's fine. But what's Li Long holding in his blocky little hands?


Above: The concept art for Li Long clearly shows him holding a skipping rope. Oh, wait...

NOT nunchaku, that's for sure. While things have got a little more relaxed in the UK in recent years, allowing us to buy DVDs of Enter The Dragon with the best scene uncut, the imagery of nunchaku was forbidden. We can't see how they're that different from any other lethal weapon, in honesty, but whatever the thinking, Li Long's nunchaku were replaced with a three-sectioned staff. That's like... so totally different, man.

Everybody's Golf: World Tour/Hot Shots Golf 5

Censored in: US and Europe

PANTSU! That's what went through the minds of randy Japanese teenagers, who used the camera's free movement and 'tilt' function of their version to look up more than just the lay of the land. The result? The slightly later Western version of this cute golfing classic sees the female anime-styled golfers wearing cycling shorts under their impeccable cloth physics skirts. Foiled!

Above: No, we said we like short shots, not short shorts. Look, why not just wear trousers?

Fallout 3

Censored in: Everywhere

That Med-X you kept pumping into your virtual self? It was meant to be morphine. And you were meant to see an animation of the injection taking place... until the Australian Classification Board got involved.

They saw the drug reference, accepted it was appropriate to the game but got sad about it anyway and refused the game classification, effectively banning the game in the country as nobody would actually dare to stock it. So Bethesda took the decision to not only remove the drug and injection animation from Australian versions of the game, but from every other version too.

Perhaps it averted a disastrous public outcry. Perhaps nobody would have cared. Perhaps it would have made everybody virtually itch like in that song by Pink. We just don't know.

34 comments

  • bamit11 - February 12, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    I'm a Fallout freak so I knew 3 was censored. But, I didn't play like any of the other games, so didn't know about them
  • Mezolitik - February 11, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    The Fallout 3 thing makes me laugh. It's like, 'sure, put that landmine in his pocket and blast his eyeballs into outer space, but DON'T DO DRUGS!!' Damn you, censorship cat!
  • musashi1596 - February 11, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    The weird thing about the nunchaku censorship in the EU is that nunchaku are legal to own in the EU, but illegal in the US. I own two pairs myself as a UK resident.
  • talleyXIV - February 11, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Ugh Australians, Fallout 3 could have been that much cooler without you.
  • delmariachi - February 10, 2012 4:38 a.m.

    Last Bronx on Saturn had a similar issue to Soul Calibur with one of the characters, I think their nunchuks turned into a three piece wooden weapon... Was very strange back then...
  • jiodjflak - February 9, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    For everyone who doesnt know, you can get the uncensored version on farenheight on GOG
  • morbiusdog - February 9, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    That girl in the last picture has a lovely pussy.
  • CitizenWolfie - February 9, 2012 1:36 a.m.

    Truly Pythonesque ending there. Well done!
  • Mamudo - February 9, 2012 1:12 a.m.

    I knew the Witcher was censored, had no idea about parappa and fallout though. and I din't know the Japanese version of no more heroes was either.
  • darnell-l-armstrong - February 8, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    some more games that were censored: Final Fantasy 4-The dancer that danced for you actually stripped in the JP version Snatcher-The part where the dog gets killed(you see twitching guts in the JP version)....And the "lolicon" shower scene....In the JP version of game, also....
  • FauxFurry - February 8, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    I'm guessing that Earthbound/Mother 2 wasn't included because not many people actually played that game(or was already mentioned in a previous article or something perfectly reasonable like that). Shame, that. Censorship is always wrong no matter what the content being obscured for whatever so-called 'noble' purpose. On the other hand, practical editing for content cohesion/correct continuity or humor factor is quite alright. Is not making people laugh truly the noblest goal of them all?
  • kyle94 - February 8, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    The Enhanced Edition of the Witcher had the uncensored cards, and was released in the US. ...not that I would know about that sort of stuff. *cough*
  • D0CCON - February 8, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    I knew all about the Fallout 3 and Witcher censorship. This title lied to me, there were only 7 games I didn't know were censored.
  • el.waxa - February 8, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    I was a bit bummed out that there was no gore in No more heroes but I guess the Censored version makes it look like the wounds are cauterised which is quite cool.
  • JMarsella09 - February 8, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    The PSP version of Two Thrones also had all the blood removed. It was definitely noticeable.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 8, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    At first I thought this was a joke. I had no idea about these censors.
  • skowronskim - February 8, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    Um...Saints Row the Third did have farts in a jar. Its on the last mission if you go and save your gang members.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - February 8, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    It's been fixed, but thanks (to everyone else as well) for pointing it out.
  • JSayonara - February 8, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    You forgot Manhunt 2 and the original non shitty Punisher game. Both had death scenes that were rendered in grainy black and white to avoid offending idiots who accidently misread the game titles as reading "Super Happy Fun Kitten game for small children".
  • wingsdjy - February 8, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    I remember the Indigo Prophecy censorship issue, but to be honest didn't care. I was just happy is got a US release.

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