The Evil Within - Censorship Comparison - Eurogamer

The Evil Within is a third-person horror video game that was developed by Tango Gameworks. The game was first released in North America and Europe on October 14, 2014 by Bethesda Softworks. In order to get a D rating (for 17+, as opposed to adults only) in accordance with CERO's regulations, the Japanese release of the game was censored.


Japanese censorship[]

The game was released as Psycho Break (サイコブレイク) in Japan on October 23, 2014.

  • Headshots no longer cause heads to burst apart.
  • Explosions no longer can blast people apart instead they stay in one piece.
  • Sebastian's death is made less graphic.
  • Sebastian's head can no longer be smashed in by enemies.
  • Beheadings are no longer possible and/or no longer shown
  • Sebastian getting beaten to pieces by certain bosses is now less graphic.
  • Enemy models were changed to no longer have guts/gore.
  • Gore was removed. The "Gore Mode" DLC removes this censorship, resulting in a Z rating.
  • Severed heads are no longer severed and instead on a whole body.

Where to find it uncensored[]

Every other country has it uncensored. Japanese players who were 18-and-up and reserved a copy of Psycho Break ahead of time could obtain a redeemable code that restored the game's original graphic content, which was tentatively named "Gore Mode".

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