- Late last night, the ESRB forced the removal of several gruesome God of War III [Register or Login to view links]
and replaced them with censored versions.
Two of the more notorious scenes shown thus far from the game, one where Kratos rips the eye out of a cyclops and one where Kratos tears the head of Helios from his body, were blocked out by a big 'censored by the ESRB' logo.
To quote: The two scenes both showed detailed flesh tearing and gore.
Though the trailers can still be found uncensored elsewhere on the 'net, this does bring up concerns as to what may happen to the content in the final game, both in these scenes and ones that haven't been shown.
In an interview from PlayStation Magazine, the God of War team was quoted saying "Some of these scenes are so violent, they are never going on the Internet", meaning we haven't even seen the worst of it yet, but the ESRB is already stepping in.
In 2007, Manhunt was barred from release because of excessive and bleak violence - could God of War III be headed down the same path?