GTA V’s Sex And Violence Toned Down In Japan

Two weeks back, I picked up a Japanese copy of Grand Theft Auto V and began leisurely working my way through the game. After a few hours of playing it, I started to notice that some things were curiously missing in the sex and violence department.

[Note: Video is NSFW and contains major spoilers for GTA V.]

That’s not to say that sex and violence are completely cut from the game—it is Grand Theft Auto after all—but the most extreme examples have their fair share of cuts and edits in the Japanese version.

To see some of the most egregious edits I have found in action, check out the video above.

(And if you are wondering why the Japanese footage is in English with English subtitles, it’s because the Japanese game always has English voices but allows you to pick the subtitle language. I picked English.)

Kotaku has contacted the game’s creators at Rockstar, asking the reason for these cuts and edits in the Japanese version of the game but have yet to receive a response. This article will be updated if and when a reply is received.

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