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“Tales of Arise” Reportedly Uncensored on PlayStation, or Is Bandai Namco Lying Again?

Rumors have recently swirled around the Internet that Bandai Namco’s upcoming RPG Tales of Arise would be censored for its PS4 and PS5 release across all territories. The rumors originated from an anonymous poster on 4chan’s /v/ board, and many gamers found the post to be credible given Sony’s recent censorship of Japanese third party games on PlayStation. Here are

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“Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water” Re-Release To Be Censored

Publisher Koei Tecmo recently announced that their horror title Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is scheduled for a digital release on 28 October for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, SeXbox, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC… and it will be censored on all platforms. Maiden of Black Water is an updated version of the Wii U release in 2014. Like other

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“Hentai Vs. Evil” Censored on Consoles, Especially PlayStation Platforms

Axyos Games’ risqué third-person horde shooter Hentai Vs. Evil was released for PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch in May. Originally available on PC (via Steam), Hentai Vs. Evil features several fetching heroines who must save other cute girls from a demon invasion. While the Steam version of Hentai Vs. Evil features a fully nude mode (up, down & all around),

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Illinois Lawmaker to Introduce Legislation Banning “Grand Theft Auto”, Other Violent Games

Earlier this week, an Illinois lawmaker announced that he will introduce a ban on violent videogames in response to a rise in carjackings in the Chicago area. State Representative Marcus Evans (Democrat) specifically noted Grand Theft Auto as his primary target, as it features vehicle theft as part of the gameplay. The legislation would ban sales of the game in

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Capcom Censored “Street Fighter II”, One of the Greatest Games of All Time

Last week, Capcom released Capcom Arcade Stadium on the Nintendo Switch, which includes a number of classic games from Capcom’s arcade library. However, it did not take long for gamers to notice that two key alterations had been made to the latest version of Street Fighter II, likely due to modern-day political concerns. Twitter user @pomegd posted screenshots of the

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“Mass Effect Legendary Edition” Censored According to Developers

Publisher Electronic Arts finally unveiled the first official trailer for Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remastered edition of the original Mass Effect trilogy that undoubtedly hopes to wash away the bad taste left behind by Mass Effect Andromeda and Anthem. In a recent interview with Metro, members of the MELE development team discussed their approach to updating the games for

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Risqué Dating Sim “HuniePop 2: Double Date” Coming to PC, Mac in February

After a substantial delay, developer HuniePot has announced that their puzzle/dating-sim mashup game HuniePop 2: Double Date is scheduled to release on 8 February for both PC and Mac. HuniePop 2 will be fully uncensored on platforms such as the Humble Bundle Store and Manga Gamer. However, HuniePot has confirmed that the game will be censored on Steam, not because

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Online Puritans be Damned! “Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story” Now Available on Nintendo Switch eShop

Developer Suzaku has officially released Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Successfully crowdfunded in 2018, Suzaku’s Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is inspired by retro horror classics Clock Tower and Fatal Frame, Sense is described as a 2.5D horror RPG that blends cyberpunk elements with Cantonese folklore. Here’s the full breakdown of

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Fully Uncensored Version of “Waifu Uncovered” Now Available for Nintendo Switch

The physical release of risqué “strip ’em up” Waifu Uncovered is now available for Nintendo Switch thanks to Eastasiasoft. As we noted in September, the physical release of Waifu Uncovered is the only way gamers can get the fully uncensored experience on consoles. The physical version offers three “censor” modes which are unlockable through gameplay: censored, uncensored, and fully uncensored.

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Western Release of PS4 Brawler “Uppers” Cancelled; Still Coming to PC

Late last week, publishers XSEED and Marvelous announced that their 3D brawling game Uppers will be headed to Steam PC on 21 October. In addition to the standard edition priced at $29.99, there will also be a Digital Deluxe Edition that includes a digital art book and a 46-track soundtrack for $39.99. Keen readers of The Splintering may recall that

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Who was Yuri Bezmenov, the Soviet Defector Featured in the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” Trailer?

In August, Activision released the reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which included actual footage from a 1984 interview with Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov. Many younger gamers may be surprised that Bezmenov was in fact a very real person, though some enthusiastic fans have already rediscovered this political personality from a bygone era, as is evidenced

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Noose Spray Item Censored from “Overwatch” in Latest Patch

Blizzard has removed McCree’s “noose spray” in the latest patch for Overwatch. The noose spray has instead been replaced by “bad luck spray”, which is represented by a horseshoe. The patch notes make no specific reference to the change. Once an unlockable cosmetic item found in loot boxes, McCree’s noose spray was almost certainly removed due to its association with

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Sony Censors “Aokana” on PS4; Nintendo Switch Version to Remain Uncensored

On Thursday, publisher PQube Asia announced that their upcoming game Aokana: Four Rhythms Across The Blue will be censored when it releases on PS4 in the west. Developed by Sprite and localized by NekoNyan, Aokana is a romance visual novel originally released in 2014, and has since been released uncensored across several platforms. However, due to Sony’s censorship policies put

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Hypocrisy much? Sony’s “The Last of Us Part II” to feature nudity, sexual situations while third parties get censored

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) recently assigned Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II an M/17+ Rating. While this was completely expected for a violent zombie apocalypse game, the specific content descriptors indicate that The Last of Us Part II will feature both “Sexual Content” and “Nudity”. This may come as a surprise to those who have followed

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“Mary Skelter 2” cleared for release in Australia fully uncensored

Game publisher Idea Factory has confirmed that their upcoming dungeon crawler title Mary Skelter 2 has been cleared for release in Australia by government’s Classification Board. The game was refused classification- effectively banned – last fall. The best part? According to Idea Factory, nothing in the game had to be altered or censored during the appeal process. Developed by Compile

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Capcom blames “Devil May Cry 5” censorship on European law; are they covering for Sony?

Capcom recently responded to a customer inquiry regarding the censorship of Devil May Cry V, indicating that a brief glimpse of Trish’s posterior censored in the PS4 version of the game due to restrictions imposed by European law. A “day one” patch added a garish purple lens flare to about two seconds of a non-interactive cutscene, though the censorship was

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DC Comics bends the knee to China, censors “The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child” promo art

Late last week, DC Comics deleted promotional images from its social media pages after Chinese backlash. The image in question is artwork by Rafael Grampá for Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child, which is scheduled for release on 11 December. The image (which you can see below) displays a young hero of the “bat”

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Nearly 30 years later, “Wolfenstein 3D” unbanned in Germany

Originally released in 1992, id Software’s Wolfenstein 3D pushed the first-person shooter genre into the mainstream, pacing the way for Doom, Quake, and many other FPS titles that followed. And if you live in Germany, your government has prevented you from playing Wolfenstein 3D until now. For those unaware, Wolfenstein 3D is a World War II shooter which takes place

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Coffin Comics’ “Hellwitch: the Forsaken” graphic novel “banned” by printer

Over the weekend, Coffin Comics founder and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido announced that their upcoming graphic novel Hellwitch: the Forsaken has been unceremoniously dropped by their printer. According to Pulido, the printing company took issue with some of the mature imagery in the book, and requested that Coffin Comics & Co. either revise it or remove it altogether. Pulido

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Dungeon crawler “Mary Skelter 2” banned in Australia

Late last week, game publisher Idea Factory revealed that their upcoming dungeon crawler title Mary Skelter 2 would not be coming to Australia as the game has been refused classification by Australia’s Classification Board, which is effectively a government ban in the land down under. Developed by Compile Heart, Mary Skelter 2 is a dungeon crawler in which players traverse

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Nintendo confirms that “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore” will be censored both in Japan and the West

Nintendo has made an important update to the Japanese website for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore confirming that the updated Switch port of the game is based on the Western version of the Wii U original. That means the upcoming Encore re-release will be censored no matter which region in which of you reside. This revelation won’t come as a

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Communist Vietnam bans “Abominable” film over South China Sea map; promises to be “more vigorous in censorship”

The communist government of Vietnam has pulled the family-friendly animated movie “Abominable” from theaters nationwide. Why? The movie has a scene which shows a map that the government doesn’t like. What’s the big deal? The map as shown includes a feature which has come to be known as the “nine-dash-line,” which demarcates the territorial claims of China in the resource-rich

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Australia banned 4 games in August, and you probably didn’t even notice

Australia sure is taking its history as a prison colony seriously, as those in charge simply can’t trust their adult population with video games featuring sex, violence or drug use. Even after introducing an R18+ rating in 2013, Australia has still banned a significant number of video games, and the Aussie ban hammer has been very busy as of late..

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The Japanese version of “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore” could be censored, too

We reported last week that the Switch remake of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE appears to be censored based on its reveal trailer from last week’s Nintendo Direct. However, information has started to surface which suggests that not only could the western release be affected, but the Japanese version could very well be censored, too. According to Sankaku Complex, the Tokyo

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is coming to Nintendo Switch- and it’s still censored

One of the big reveals during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct presentation was an updated port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Atlus’ mashup of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem originally released for the Wii U in 2015. This time titled Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, the Switch version will include new story segments and an all-new song. However, if the game’s

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Square Enix has censored ”Final Fantasy 8 Remastered”

It looks as though Square Enix’s upcoming remaster of Final Fantasy VIII will indeed be censored. Japanese outlet Dengeki Online recently posted several screenshots of the new version on PS4, and as you can see from the comparison images below (provided by Hiecchi), the Siren enemy character model in Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has additional feathers placed on her waist

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We asked gay icon Jack McFarland: What exactly is “Ogay”?

Last week, Ion Fury developer Voidpoint apologized after individuals from Reset Era criticized content in the game that they found offensive, including an image of a personal skincare bottle jokingly labeled “Ogay” (an “Olay” pun, in case you needed it spelled out). After the complaints surfaced, Voidpoint announced that they would donate $10,000 to The Trevor Project (an LGBT anti-suicide

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Visual novel “Raspberry Cube” now the 30th PS4 product to be censored by Sony; Switch version remains unaltered

The Japanese website Switchsoku has revealed that iMel’s upcoming visual novel Raspberry Cube is censored on PS4, while the Nintendo Switch version remains intact. According to Raspberry Cube‘s official product listing, the changes are significant enough for the PS4 version to receive a CERO C (15+) age rating while the Switch version has a CERO D (17+). So what was

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