Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively).I'll try to post entries at least all two weeks or so. Feel free to comment for suggestions, corrections or critique.
This episode is about: Saints Row
Now from what I've been writing so far, many of you might think that Saints Row could have impossibly arrived uncut over here. And oh boy, are you right. Considering what I wrote in earlier entries, Saints Row
is the definition of stuff the USK doesn't like. Unlike GTA
the Saints Row-series never left any doubt that the "Gangsta style" is the one right way for life. If you want something, you take it. If it's someone else's, waste him, then take it. Fuck bitches, get money. It glorified the life as a career criminal with no even the slightest ethical questioning. And don't get me wrong, I love it for it. But the things I love are rarely what our ratings board loved. So it came as no surprise that all three parts for the series so far have been heavily censored. So let's take a look, shall we?
The first censorship concerns money dropped by killed civilians. Those are removed in all three parts. Thus killing of innocents isn't encouraged in any way any more, since it won't give you anything but a wanted level.
While the blood was still in part 1 and again in part 3, Saints Row 2 removed the blood splatters when shooting at someone. It also removed the blood splatters when the player was hit. The Zombie Uprising arcade machine is just not interactable at all in the german version - notice the missing prompt.
The kicker of all this? Even with all those censorship, ALL THREE
games so far got rated 18+ in their censored version. Yep, they still got the highest rating possible. From all three parts the uncensored version is indexed and Saints Row 2
still has the possibility of getting confiscated.
Funnily enough the last Humble Bundle, called Humble Deep Silver Bundle, contained Saints Row 2 and 3 (including DLC) and also Dead Island
and Dead Island Riptide
(both Dead Island games never released in Germany and were indexed). While a previous Humble Bundle was censored for german users, this time it was all there. We could activate Dead Island
without a problem and Saints Row 2 and 3 were completely uncensored. Thumbs up for this, it made a LOT of german players really happy. Saints Row 4
, by the way, was announce to come completly uncut.
LOOK WHO CAME: