I was excited to discover recently that Manhunt has been released on the PSN store. I loved that game as a kid and really wanted to have another attempt at finishing it. Then I discovered; it's still banned in New Zealand. How could I forget that we begged my dodgy uncle to get us a copy on his trip to Thailand to obtain it? Bugger.
We have all heard the ludicrous tales of censorship worldwide. Harry Potter banned for promoting witchcraft, Google banned in China, the list goes on. A way to get around this in games has been to simply exclude certain missions. Giving us unlucky chumps incomplete games in order to adhere to whatever ridiculous rules our governments have imposed on us. Below are some of the best missions and cut scenes you may not have seen.
South Park: Stick of Truth - Randy Abortion Scene (Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Middle East and Africa)
It is not surprising that a South Park game would be censored. The TV Show is known for pushing the boundaries and intending to offend. It makes sense that the game would be no different. In fact, depending on the country, as many as 7 scenes throughout the game were censored worldwide. The only country to receive a full, uncensored game was The United States.
While the majority of banned scenes involve anal probing, the scene in particular that I have chosen to highlight, is the fantastic male abortion scene. Because let's be honest, who doesn't love a good abortion?
Saints Row IV - Girls Night Out Mission (Australia)
I can still remember the drama of Saints Row IV being banned in Australia. But what was the reasoning?
In the Board’s opinion, Saints Row IV, includes interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context. In addition, the game includes elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards. Such depictions are prohibited by the computer games guidelines.
To combat the game being "refused classification" the developers decided to resubmit the game in an altered form. The above loyalty side-mission for Shaundi was removed and the game repackaged for Australian audiences.
Until Dawn - Circular Saw Death Scene (Japan)
Until Dawn is an amazing horror game, where your choices and actions can mean the death of someone. One of these deaths was considered too gory for Japan though. Instead, this death scene was "trimmed down" and thus, all of the juicy bits were cut out!
While the Japanese still got to feast their eyes on this brutal death, it just didn't pack the same punch with all the gore edited out.
Fallout 3 - Destroy Megaton (Japan)
One of the first big decisions you have to make in the wasteland is what to do about Megaton. A dodgy character (Mister Burke) offers you a great deal if you blow the town up. Morals (or lack of) kick in and you must decide whether to defuse the nuclear bomb, or denote it and destroy the township.
In Japan however, Mister Burke simply does not exist! What does this mean? Well it means Megaton is safe from your psychopathic grips.
Wolfenstein: The New Order - All Nazi References (Germany)
Making a Nazi game is difficult in Germany, where it is illegal to display Nazi symbols. Even if the purpose of the game is to kill as many Nazi bastards as possible, there is no leeway for video games.
Seeing as the entire plot of Wolfenstein is killing Nazis, the game needed to be altered in order to be released in Germany. So, throughout the game all mention of Nazis and Hitler have been replaced with the German population instead played the game fighting and killing "The Regime".