South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally released; here’s our glowing South Park: The Stick of Truth review.
South Park: The Stick of Truth has been hit by the censorship stick in the UK, Europe, Australia, parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. But according the the European Video Standards body, the folk behind PEGI, this has nothing to do with them.
In the UK, the game in its entirety was deemed acceptable for an 18 rating. But Ubisoft decided to censor their own game, a Video Standards rep informed VG24/7, for marketing reasons.
Anal probing and abortion scenes were removed by Ubisoft, along with swastikas just for Germany – the latter is for legal reasons as it remains against the law in Germany to display Nazi iconography.
“The game was assessed by us and deemed acceptable for a PEGI 18 rating,” said the Video Standards rep. While the body can refuse to rate a game, making it illegal to be sold, it has no control over what is or isn’t censored. And in this case, they did not refuse to give South Park: The Stick of Truth a rating.
But what makes this situation a little strange is the inconsistency of the censorship. Console versions of the game are affected, but the PC version is free from the censorship in some regions where the console version is not.
We’re reviewing it right now, and I can confirm I’ve seen more anal probing scenes than any person should ever see.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is out on March 7th in the UK and March 4th in the US.