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Germany Cuts Bulletstorm's Legs Off

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Upcoming shooter Bulletstorm, which is revelling in its violent trimmings, has had to face a reckoning of sorts in Germany, with much of the game's trademark content cut just so it could be released.

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In order to get even a USK18+ rating — one which prohibits sale of the game to those under the age of 18 — the game had to lose the blood. And the ragdoll effects. And the splatter. Oh, and any kind of dismemberment as well.

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For a game that bears the advertising tagline "Kill With Skill", those are some fairly important edits. Maybe they should change it to "Handbags At Ten Paces With Skill".

It's far from the first game to run into this kind of trouble in Germany recent years. Left 4 Dead, Aliens vs Predator, Army of Two, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Medal Of Honor have all had to make some kind of edit in order to be cleared for German release.

Sucks for Germans who like to buy things from stores, but as we're sure German readers will point out in the comments below, there's little stopping people importing versions from elsewhere in Europe. Like, say, neighbouring Austria.

Censored Bulletstorm given 18+ rating in Germany [GI.biz]

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Its articles like this that make me so glad to live in the US. I know the US is far from perfect... FAR from perfect, but when it comes to civil liberties it’s this kind of thing that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. When you think of Germany or Australia you think of progressive societies, until you encounter their stance on content censorship. The line between social engineering and oppression is very thin indeed.