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EA Japan Exec Criticises Japanese Ratings Board

An executive of Electronic Arts Japan has criticised the Japanese video game ratings board for allowing upcoming action game Stellar Blade to be released uncensored while EA's own Dead Space was banned in the country.

CrimsonWing6926d ago

He’s got a point. If a game is M-Rated, which is the equivalent of an R rating, I don’t get why you need to censor anything. The rating is the indicator of the content and the age appropriate. If it’s appropriate for adults… why treat them like children? 🤷‍♂️

Eonjay25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

This is about gore... not about anything sexual. And specifically I think it is about the realistic depiction of gore. Unfortunately I don't know the nuance of the CERO board or how it is relevant their specific culture (as a prohibition on gore may transcend age) so I hesitate to make a statement. Can anyone else provide insight to what kind of gore is considered unacceptable?

CrimsonWing6925d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Yea, I know this is about gore, but thanks for pointing that out.

My point still stands, if a game is essentially rated for a mature audience then why censor for them as if they’re too young to view it? Makes no sense.

To answer your question: Decapitation, dismemberment, like… anything gore. They have been censoring that since CERO was established. Look up RE4 chainsaw decapitation or any MK games that made it there.

Cacabunga25d ago

EA Japan? Wtf never heard of that

ZwVw25d ago

Yet, the Oneechanbara series (y'know, the game with half-naked samurai females slicing up zombies to bloody pieces) get released in Japan uncensored.

The CERO ratings board is an equilibrium.

Smellsforfree24d ago

This confuses me since I've seen so many gory Japanese movies and anime. For example, Battle Royale.

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gold_drake25d ago

definitely has a point.

but .. its japan. are we really surprised?

VersusDMC25d ago

I don't know if the EA executive is going off the one close up of an arm being cut off in the demo. Maybe it's uncensored because it's the arm of a cyborg or it doesn't happen that often (didn’t see EVE dismemberment when killed in the demo) .

In the states there's a certain amount of swear words allowed to a PG13 movie before it is deemed R. So maybe it's the same in Japan for gore?

Eonjay25d ago

Yes I think you may be on to something. The violence is gory but I wouldn't call it gruesome.

Retroman25d ago

Ea Japan please make Knack 3
in the future

Eonjay25d ago (Edited 25d ago )

Does EA Japan actually make games at all? Or are they just a regional publisher?

Retroman24d ago

I'm sorry Japan Studio made Knack

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Famitsu: Stellar Blade Shines At #1 For Second Week

Another week, another Famitsu chart, as Stellar Blade manages to keep the top spot for a second week, crossing over 80,000 units sold.

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Cacabunga23h ago

Good numbers! I'm wondering what Platinum Games are doing

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Famitsu Sales: 5/6/24 – 5/12/24

Stellar Blade for PlayStation 5 was the highest selling title last week, moving an additional 13,033 retail copies. It was followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Switch, which moved an additional 9,652 units.

H92d ago

I love how Ring Fit Adventure pops it's head back in the top 10 telling us that people ate too much during golden week!

Sonic18812d ago

Stellar Blade was awesome! I hope they make a sequel in the future

ZeekQuattro2d ago

Hardware Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

Switch OLED Model – 35,575 (7,231,271)
PlayStation 5 – 18,166 (4,827,074)
Switch Lite – 7,604 (5,841,449)
Switch – 3,885 (19,790,275)
Xbox Series X – 3,466 (274,587)
PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 3,352 (770,755)
Xbox Series S – 982 (311,834)
PlayStation 4 – 80 (7,925,861)

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Edge Issue #398 Review Scores: Stellar Blade, Eiyuden Chronicle, and More

Edge Magazine's latest issue is out now and they have shared reviews on some of the recent games including Stellar Blade.

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Levii_923d ago

I laughed my ass of at the score.

coolbeans2d ago

Yeah. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and read what they have to say, but it's suspicious in the face of other recent indies that've been praised.

Levii_923d ago

I bet Edge is gonna give Breath of the Wild 3.0 a 10 again.

Tacoboto3d ago

Anyone else playing Stellar Blade and made it to the Great Desert?

I felt the story barely had us do anything here but there are a lot of side quests taking us back and the framerate is kind of all over the place. Curious if anyone else is noticing the same?

It's the only blemish so far in what's surprisingly become my current GOTY.

Levii_923d ago

I don't see how can the framerate be all over place? It's litteraly one of the most stable games released, unless maybe you have it on Balanced mode, put it on Resolution or Framerate mode.

And yes the Great Desert is almost exclusively just a gorgeous big zone for side quests and fun.

Tacoboto3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

Yeah that's what's surprising me - the rest of the game even on Balanced feels like a solid 60fps (and my display is 120hz VRR).

But even on Prioritize Performance it feels like it struggles in certain spots only in the Great Desert. The Buried Ruins section felt like the roughest area but another one was more into the desert near a statue with scaffolding wrapped around (and a dozen or so enemies including the tentacles).

All the side quests I had there are done now so I may only return now to fish again. But framerate aside I agree - it's one of the more beautiful gaming deserts and this game's side quests have been way more nice and varied than I thought they'd be.

Levii_923d ago

I have to say i haven't explored the Great Desert 100% maybe just 40%, i plan on exploring everything there on NG+ so i don't know how Buried Ruins feel yet and also i'm running the game unpatched so maybe that's it i don't know but for me the Great Desert is perfect framerate wise if it's not on Balanced mode.

I absolutely agree man, the game is much more than i thought it would be in terms of content, exploration, collectables, secrets and side quests. Classic video game stuff! None of the modern BS. It's my GOTY as well so far.