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#1 compl3x

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 12:23

Sony has confirmed that the European release of Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls has been censored. Sony says that around 5-10 seconds of footage has been edited in the European release so that the game could get a PEGI 16 rating. Sony did not say just what exactly censors in Europe found so offensive as to have it altered to avoid a higher rating, but one would guess it relates to gratuitously violent scenes. As a general rule, having wanton violence in a game is a good way to get a PEGI 18 rating under the European ratings system...

 

"There are only two amends between the EU and US versions of the game, amounting to about 5-10 seconds of gameplay that’s not been removed, just edited slightly to be in line with a PEGI 16 rating," said Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Ross Alexander on thePlayStation EU Blog.

 

"For Beyond we wanted to make the game available to as many people as possible," continued Alexander, "hence applying for a PEGI 16 rating. The 5-10 seconds I mention above would have upped our rating to a PEGI 18, so it made perfect sense to make these two VERY minimal changes to get our planned 16 rating."

 

"I can assure you that this does not affect the game’s story at all, and that if you didn’t know these scenes had been amended, you wouldn’t even notice," he added.

 

Beyond: Two Souls is set for release on October 8 in North America and October 11 in Europe. It is a PlayStation console family exclusive.

 

Source: PlayStation EU Blog

 

 

http://gamepolitics....pe#.UkwP-oanpOY

 




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Posted 02 October 2013 - 13:03

Nipples. I bet it's nipples.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 13:10

Can't fap to Ellen Pages digital nips? Shame.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 13:20

Do PEGI ratings actually influence purchase decisions in any way? I'd swear about 99% of Battlefield or CoD players are well under the PEGI recomended age.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 13:44

I played the Demo for this game last night. It is a truly Beautiful game when it comes to characters but the environment is rather barren and not very detailed. (except for when it rains) I will not be buying the game when it comes out simply because it is an on rails game that is essentially a movie with QuickTime events that if you fail them the whole scene starts over again.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 13:46

I played the Demo for this game last night. It is a truly Beautiful game when it comes to characters but the environment is rather barren and not very detailed. (except for when it rains) I will not be buying the game when it comes out simply because it is an on rails game that is essentially a movie with QuickTime events that if you fail them the whole scene starts over again.

 

Ah so it's in the "pretty much all video games post-2008" genre. Disappointing.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 13:59

Ah so it's in the "pretty much all video games post-2008" genre. Disappointing.

no i actually mean on rails as in you just watch it. and it runs around for itself for most of the game. its not like a typical game where you are linear moving where it wants you. You do not even get to control the movement of the character for most of it. 



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 14:03

That's sad.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 14:59

EU still has nudity, it's US that's censored it. EU has a scene of violence censored.

Basically

EU: Boobs!
US: Violence!

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 15:41

Hmm, would I rather have more boobs or more violence?  That's a tough choice lol

 

I may have to import the EU version!



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 17:01

EU: Boobs!
US: Violence!

 

...just the way God intended.



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 17:52

BOOBIES!!!



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Posted 02 October 2013 - 23:51

I played the Demo for this game last night. It is a truly Beautiful game when it comes to characters but the environment is rather barren and not very detailed. (except for when it rains) I will not be buying the game when it comes out simply because it is an on rails game that is essentially a movie with QuickTime events that if you fail them the whole scene starts over again.

 

It's a spiritual successor to Heavy Rain, a very story and choice driven game.



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 13:51

 

Sony did not say just what exactly censors in Europe found so offensive as to have it altered to avoid a higher rating, but one would guess it relates to gratuitously violent scenes. As a general rule, having wanton violence in a game is a good way to get a PEGI 18 rating under the European ratings system...

 

So basically they were trying to sneak things past the censors and got caught? :D



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Posted 26 October 2013 - 00:00

 

Guess what? It WAS nipples.