Apparently, it seems we now have an addition to the genres of games; religious action characters, coming next in Street Fighter or Tekken maybe?
Let's just consider this for a moment - what if some developer made a game featuring Jesus Christ fighting and dying if mission failed, and killing people, like in GTA. As far as i know, Jesus never killed, bad or good. This might prove funny to some, but i don't think all the Christians around the world would agree with allowing this game to exist and demean their God. There would be a definite uproar and probably the game company would have to close down, with public apologies for their shortsightedness. Or worse, for all the religious extremists which concentrate mainly in the Middle East, what if some game developer created a character from Muslim's Allah or some of their strong religious figures, and then plastered that in a game, with controllable consequences on what could happen to these emblematic popular religious figures.... There might be bombs going off in all of these game stores, and i wouldn't be surprised if it did happen. And no, i'm not Muslim, i just watch the news regularly (it's not really a secret after 9/11).
I don't know guys... i'm in no way a religious fanatic, BUT the beliefs of all gamers or even the non-gaming community, should NOT be tested via the release of this kind of entertainment. This just feels WRONG. For non-gamers, knowing this kind of entertainment even exists and is freely allowed to circulate or bought by anyone, is not pleasing or even acceptable.
To play with characters created for the sake of the game, is perfectly OK. But to implement highly controversial and opinionated religious figures or representations into a game, i'm really surprised that Sony could think it's alright to publish or even develop that kind of game in the first place. I mean, look at all the unrest in the world. In the Middle East, for instance, it's all about religion and different beliefs, that made people kill each other. They hate each other, not because either side of the war have bad people that they know personally, but mostly because of their religion which they were born with. So, it doesn't matter who they blow up; innocent men, women or children - as long as they are not part of these terrorists' own beliefs. Knowing this, making a game which trivializes faith of massive number of people, is seriously adding fuel to the fire and in some parts of the world, this could end up being gravely criticized and pointed at as demeaning and insulting.
Something is going to come down on this attitude at game development. Hopefully the game is pulled and the hate/protests spree is averted by the game developers. There are many hundred millions of Hindus in the world and most of them hold true to their beliefs, so i don't see how this game is ever going to get around the world without some resistance, that is, if it's not pulled.