Aussie L4D2 Gets a Deep-Clean Sanitizing

Hey look! Disappearing bodies! No, this isn't some homage mod to the days of 8-bit fatalities, it's one of the features put into the Australian Left 4 Dead 2 so it could be approved for sale.

You can see for yourself in that video above. The scorecard, according to the Steam community forums is comprehensive: the Australian version of Left 4 Dead 2 will have no bloodspatter on the screen; there will be no zombie dismemberment; there will be nothing beyond a "small splash of blood" when you attack an infected - no guts or gore; infected won't light on fire if they get hit with a molotov, and corpses will disappear from the screen.

But wait, there's less! The bullet-proof Riot Cop uncommon infected will not spawn, I guess over cop-killing concerns? "If someone with an uncut version joins a game with Australians with the cut version, Uncommon Infected will NOT spawn," says the forums.

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Wow. I was thinking melee would be subject to the two-hand touch rule. Good thing they saved that!

Kotaku Australia wrote up the full scoop - with a workaround to defeat the censorship. Although they point out this was tested only on the demo and may not work with the full release.

What's Cut From Aussie Left 4 Dead 2, And How To Uncut It [Kotaku Australia]

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Why are Australians so paranoid about zombies specifically? It's not like you're killing mass amounts of some ethnic group or something that could be construed as politically incorrect.

They're fucking ZOMBIES, Australia. Deal with it. #left4dead2