Resident Evil 7 is a pretty damn scary, not to mention brutal, game. From limb-cutting action to mutant monstrosities, it's so gory and unpleasant...though less so if you're playing the Japanese version which omits some of the more disturbing scenes in the game.
Ah yes, good ol' conservative Japan, trying to shield their population from the horrors of the fictitious world even though the country created Resident Evil, tentacle hentai, Silent Hill and the original The Ring.
A Less Mangled Police Officer
Poor David Anderson, proud member Dulvey Parish Police Department, meets a swift and horrendous end at the hands of the merciless Jack Baker in early stages of Resident Evil 7. In the western version of the game, Jack manages to cut off the upper half of Anderson's head with an apparently razor sharp snow shovel. The mangled body falls to the floor, while a small piece of scalp, brains, ear and eye sits graciously on top of the shovel.
David Anderson's death isn't as visually vicious in the Japanese version, though. The shovel still comes through most of the officer's head, but the scalp doesn't stick to the weapon as Jack slides it back, making the murder less vomit-inducing.
No Rotting Head In The Fridge
When you open the fridge in the trailer outside the Baker family's house, you'll usually find David Anderson's severed head with a cute little message attached to it. The head seems to be undergoing some kind of mutation process which makes it even more disgusting than a regular severed head.
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Though if you're playing the Japenese version, you won't have to examine the head with your hands. Instead you'll find a somewhat boring picture sporting a red, menacing "this guy's dead" cross.
To Avoid Rummaging Through Someone's Throat
We return to poor David Anderson to once again mangle his body. In the western version of Resident Evil 7 we're forced to stick most of our arm down the severed neck in order to retrieve a key from the corpse's throat. It's visual, noisey in the worst way imaginable and basically just an all round traumatizing experience.
The same can't be said about the same part of the game in the Japanese version. You just walk up to the corpse of the police officer, who even still has a head, and pick up the key which lies next to the body. Too easy!
The Blood Is Black
This example is the one that baffles us the most. Basically, a lot of the blood in the game turns from red to black in the Japanese version. It's not the first time this has been done in video games to censor the severity of the game's brutality, but it seems strange to do it in a horror-based game.
We somewhat understand why blood is black in World of Warcraft's Chinese version, since it's a game for children and adults alike, but why implement it in Resident Evil 7, a game where blood is literally impossible to avoid. It's not like they're fooling anybody trying to convince them that this severed hand is covered in black grease.
What are your thought on censorship in a game like Resident Evil 7?
[Video credit: Censored Gaming]