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This is an incomplete (and constantly growing) list of games that been modified in order to receive a lower age rating. (This list does not apply for works that would have been banned if not censored or if the censoring of content is compulsory before getting a rating.)

The most common use for this is visual novels/eroge, in which censored mainstream editions without scenes of explicit sex are released with official CERO ratings on various consoles.

CERO Edit

  • 1/2 Summer - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PSP release.
  • 11eyes -Tsumi to Batsu to Aganai no Shoujo- - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the Xbox 360 release and a B (12+) rating on the PSP release.
  • Air - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the Dreamcast, PSP, PlayStation 2, PSP, and PlayStation Vita releases.
  • Alia's Carnival! - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation Vita release.
  • Akatsuki no Goei - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation 3 and PSP releases.
  • Ayakashibito - Censored for a B (12+) rating on the PlayStation 2 and PSP releases.
  • Canvas 2 - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PS2 release.
  • ChuSinGura 46+1 - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation Vita release.
  • Comic Party - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PSP release.
  • D.C. ~Da Capo~ - Censored for a B (12+) rating on the PlayStation 2 release and a C (15+) rating on the PSP release.
  • Dies irae - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PSP release.
  • DRAMAtical Murder - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PlayStation Vita release.
  • ef - a fairy tale of the two. - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation 2 release.
  • Eiyuu*Senki - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita releases.
  • The Evil Within - Censored for a D (17+) rating in all Japanese releases, though a Z-rated DLC is available which restores all the gore.
  • Fate/stay night - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PSP and PlayStation Vita releases. This censored version was later ported to PC due to its popularity, as well as iOS and Android.
  • The Fruit of Grisaia - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PSP and PlayStation Vita releases.
  • Kira☆Kira - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PlayStation 2 release.
  • Majikoi - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation 3 release.
  • Muv-Luv (all three games) - Censored for an "all ages" in one PC edition. This version received a D (17+) rating when released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
  • No More Heroes - Sequences of graphic violence and gore were significantly altered or removed all together in order to receive a D (17+) rating. This version was also released in Europe and Australia.
  • Phantom of Inferno - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation 2 release. This version was released as a DVD game in North America.
  • Princess Evangile - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PSP release.
  • School Days - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PlayStation 2 release.
  • Shin Koihime † Musou - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PlayStation 2 and PSP releases.
  • Shuffle! - Censored for a C (15+) rating on the PlayStation 2 release.
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - A day-one patch added clothes to a bathing scene in which there was originally nudity in order to maintain a B (12+) rating.
  • Tomoyo After ~It's a Wonderful Life~ - Censored for a B (12+) rating on the PlayStation 2, 3, PSP, and Xbox 360 release.
  • White Album 2 (both "chapters") - Censored for a D (17+) rating on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita release.

ESRB Edit

  • Crazy Taxi - While initially able to slip past the radar on its original Dreamcast release, rereleases of the game feature a censored version of The Offspring's "Way Down the Line" in order to avoid an M rating.
  • Criminal Girls: Invite Only - Risque content (moans, positions) in a "motivation" mini game was censored to avoid an AO rating.
  • Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors - Sexually provocative images of girls and images that implied bondage were redrawn to avoid an AO rating.
  • Cruisin' USA - Some sexual innuendo and comic blood were removed from the Nintendo 64 port to receive an E rating.
  • Dance Dance Revolution - Two songs were changed to instrumentals ("After the Game of Love", "Injection of Love") in order to maintain an E rating.
  • Digimon Heroes - Some cards with skimpy clothing/suggestive undertones were censored to receive an E rating.
  • Discouraged Workers - The uncensored version of this game is rated AO, while the censored version (listed separately under "Discouraged Workers TEEN" on Steam) has explicit content removed and is rated T.
  • Disgaea 2 - A particularly brutal and disturbing audio clip involving cannibalism was removed from the English release of the game, likely to avoid an M rating from the ESRB. (Interestingly enough, the uncensored version of the game was rated for all ages in Japan.)
  • EarthBound - In the North American release, Ness is given pajamas instead of being naked. References to death and corporal punishment were also censored. This was to receive a "K-A" rating; however, this same version ended up receiving a "T" rating when rereleased for the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy - Two explicit sex scenes and a striptease were shortened in order to receive an M rating. Released uncensored with the same M rating as Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered.
  • God Eater Resurrection - Blood splatter slightly toned down to receive a T rating.
  • If My Heart Had Wings - Heavily edited by MoeNovel to receive a T rating, going as far as to remove open-mouth kisses and bikini CGs. A fan uncensor patch was later released.
  • Kingdom Hearts II - A recreation of a threatened suicide scene in Pirates of the Caribbean was censored for the international release of the game to avoid a T rating by the ESRB. In the original Japanese version (and the movie), a character holds a pistol to their head, while in the international version they hold it to their side. A sequence involving green blood with the Hydra from Hercules was also censored internationally, changing the blood to a sort of black/purple mist.
  • Manhunt 2 - Some extreme violence has been censored for console editions to receive an M rating. An uncensored AO-rated version for PC was also released.
  • Medabots - References to a strange man lifting up girls' skirts was removed to maintain an E rating.
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - The North American version censors two fatalities involving gunshots to the head, as well as one involving impalement to get a T rating. The uncensored version was released in Europe with a 16 rating by PEGI.
  • Ray Crisis - A boss' name was changed from Sem-Slut to to Sem-Strut to maintain an E rating.
  • Singles: Flirt Up Your Life - Some strong sexual content was censored in an M-rated version. A separate AO-rated version received a limited release. (It is also worth noting that the uncensored version of this game received a PEGI 16 rating.)
  • Siren: Blood Curse - Extreme violence censored by various camera filters and different angles in order to avoid an AO rating.
  • Street Fighter V - A brief sequence in which R. Mika slapped her own buttocks was removed in order to receive a T rating.
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - While an early promo of the game said it was "anticipated to be rated Mature", heavy censorship occurred in order to receive a T rating by the ESRB. This included the toning down of swimsuits, removal of all references to the sexually suggestive "gravure idol" culture, and a hot springs DLC that Nintendo has chosen to withhold from international versions of the game.
  • Um Jammer Lammy - An entire cutscene was heavily modified for the North American release to keep an "E" rating. In the international version of the game, Lammy slips on a banana peel, dies, and ends up in Hell. In the North American version, Lammy gets her waist stuck in a door, with stretches her to a tropical island.

iOS App Store Edit

  • Destiny Child - Several sexually suggestive/'fanservice' costumes were toned down for the iOS version in order to receive a 12+ rating. The uncensored version is rated M/PEGI 18 on Google Play.

PEGI Edit

  • Beyond: Two Souls - A fight scene was toned down and a camera angle was changed during a torture scene in order to get a PEGI 16 rating rather then an 18.
  • Mario Party 8 - The word 'spastic' was changed to 'erratic' to avoid a PEGI 12 rating.
  • Sonic Rush Adventure - The word 'bugger' was removed from later copies of the game in order to receive a PEGI 3 rating. Copies which carry a PEGI 12 rating have the word intact.
  • Tales of Berseria - A scene in which a young girl is impaled was removed in order to get a PEGI 16 rating.
  • World of Warcraft - Two seasonal "Brewfest" events were withheld on European servers to avoid a PEGI 16 rating.

USK Edit

  • Baldur's Gate (first two games) - Blood splatters during battle as well as a brief flash of blood in the intro of the first game was removed in order to maintain a USK 12 rating.
  • Cars 2 - An opening cutscene with some explosions and gun use was edited in order to receive a USK 6 rating.
  • Final Fantasy VIII - A villain's organs were recolored blue in order to reduce realism and maintain a USK 12 rating.
  • Flatout 2 - Defenseless human characters changed to crash test dummies in order to receive a USK 12 rating.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - Several of the game's most violent/controversial elements and the rewards that come with them (such as headshots or civilians dropping money after being killed) were removed in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Several of the game's most violent/controversial elements and the rewards that come with them (such as headshots or civilians dropping money after being killed) were removed in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Half-Life - In order to receive a USK 16 rating, several human characters in the game were changed to robots. Furthermore, blood was toned down, and corpses were made to disappear immediately after being killed.
  • Quake 4 - Violence heavily modified in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Resident Evil 3 - A number of scenes involving gore were removed or heavily altered in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Tortuga: Two Treasures - Listed in the USK database as having been modified for a USK 16 rating, though it's unknown exactly what changes are made.
  • Turok: Evolution - Blood color altered and humanoid enemies modified in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Unreal Tournament 2003 - Graphic violence and gore removed in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 - Graphic violence and gore removed in order to receive a USK 16 rating.
  • Unreal Tournament 3 - Graphic violence and gore removed in order to receive a USK 16 rating.

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