Fallout 3 is an American RPG that was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The video game was first released in North America on October 28, 2008. Due to controversy regarding drug use in Fallout 3, every region censored the game to tone down the drug references. The Japanese release was also edited to relieve concerns about atomic detonation in inhabited areas.



Fallout's Strange History of Censorship

International censorship[]

  • Due to Bethesda wanting ensure the game's release and avoid controversy, the drug "morphine" was renamed to "Med-X" worldwide.

Australian censorship[]


How Australia Got Fallout 3 Censored Worldwide

  • The game was originally banned in Australia due to the drug "morphine" being referenced in the game, as the Australian government determined that the game was rewarding players who took the drug. The game was eventually released after being censored.

German censorship[]

  • Blood and gore were removed from the release in Germany.
  • All other international censorship applies.

Indian censorship[]

  • The game was banned in India due to the presence of mutant cattle named "Brahmin", which could be seen as offensive to Hindus.[1][2]

Japanese censorship[]

  • The Mr. Burke side quest was removed from the "The Power of the Atom" side quest. As a result, it is impossible to detonate the nuclear bomb.
  • The "Fat Man" (named after the bomb dropped on Nagasaki) nuclear catapult weapon was renamed "Nuka Launcher". However, it is still referred as Fat Man in dialogue.
  • Humans cannot be decapitated.
  • All other international censorship applies.

Where to find it uncensored[]

After the ban in Australia, Bethesda ensured that the censored Australian version was released everywhere else in the world. Therefore, there is no completely uncensored version available to the public. Only unofficial mods can change the name of the item back. Also in Germany, the PC/Steam version has a patch that restores the blood & gore in the game.


  1. 'Cultural Sensitivities' Bar Fallout 3 from India by Earnest Cavalli, Wired. 2008-10-22.
  2. India subjected to Fallout 3 ban by Steven Williamson, HEXUS. 2008-10-23.

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