Release: Mar 04, 2015 - Author: Once - Translator: DaxRider123
Shinji Mikami, co-founder of one of the best-known survival horror series Resident Evil, wanted to go back to the roots with The Evil Within. Unfortunately, he did not fully succeed, especially since there is not much horror to be experienced throughout the game. Instead of relying on a small amount of ammunition (as announced), the developers went for the mass market, thus you can win the game without greater frustrations - even when playing on harder difficulties. This makes the game a rather bad survival horror game and therefore a disappointment for eager gamers, still this does not mean that The Evil Within is a bad game. The plot can become confusing at times and also includes a few plotholes, yet there are way worse examples in this category. What we rather see as a critical problem is the fact that quite a few questions of the main game are only answered in parts of the DLCs.
If you approach The Evil Within not as a survival horror game but rather an action game with an interesting - albeit a little confusing - plot, you will be in for some fun.
Since the producers wanted to receive the - much more marketable - CERO: D rating in Japan, the game was released with quite a few changes. Critical hits will for example no longer result in the enemies losing their heads and explosions will neither rip enemies apart, nor the main character Sebastian. However, if you use the frostarrows of your Agony Crossbow, you can still shatter the enemies, thus this part of the game was not altered. Additionally, a few scenes were covered up or faded out with black screens. This does not only involve death scenes of Sebastian, but also a few cutscenes of the game. Several chapters also offer smaller altered details.
Uncensored CERO: Z Version via DLC
The Japanese first edition includes a special DLC which will undo the censorship that had been done for the rating. Just as usual, gamers can obtain this via the PSN Store, resulting in the game being patched back to its original form. Unlike the regular version from stores, this uncensored DLC was rated CERO: Z.
The Evil Within = PsychoBreak
In Japan, the game is known as "PsychoBreak", whereas international audiences know it under the title "The Evil Within". This of course is not only the case on the package, but also within the game.
For this report we compared the censored Japanese Version (CERO: D) with the uncensored German Version (Keine Jugendfreigabe).
Missing Menu ItemIn the Japanese Version you do not have the option to tone down the game's violence. This, however, can be done in the Uncensored Version in order to tone the game down to the level of the Japanese Version.
HeadshotsAimed and critical hits will make the enemies' heads explode. This is not the case in the Japanese Version. You do hear the sound and blood splashes just as in the Uncensored Version, however, the head stays where it belongs to.
Note: For whatever reason, the enemie „AlterEgo“ is not affected by this.
If a headshot is not deadly, it can happen in the Uncensored Version that you only shoot off parts of the head. This was taken out of the Japanese Version – just as the exploding heads.
All of the following images come from the Uncensored Version
ExplosionsExplosions (booby traps, exploding arrows, grenades) will in the Uncensored Version blow enemies to pieces. If an enemie is killed by an explosion in the Japanese Version, the body stays a solid piece and just flies away due to the blast wave.
The same goes for Sebastian if he dies from an explosion.
Sebastian's DeathsEach death scene that seemed to be too explicit was toned down in the Japanese Version.
Note: Since some of these scenes are pretty similar, we will not include ALL ways the character could die. Mainly, the censorship concerns a death resulting from an explosion or different ways in which his head is squashed. Additionally, death by explosion was already illustrated above.
Most alterations can be found when being killed by the Sadist. Here are three different ways to die which were censored in the Japanese Version (a fourth one could not be recrated again for this report).
Getting killed by the Sadist:
Sebastian has to get a key which is hanging above the slaughtering block. If the Sadist notices you, he will push Sebastian's head down and then decapitate him with a meat cleaver.
If you are standing right in front of the Sadist or directly approach him, Sebastian will lose his head by a cut with a chainsaw.
The Sadist rams his chainsaw through Sebastian's body. Overall, the camera tends to fade to black during this scene during the first chapter, however, in the sixth chapter it simply pans to the Sadist.
Example from Chapter 1:
The game fades to black just before the impact.
Example from Chapter 6:
The camera pans to the Sadist just before the impact.
Note: During one playthrough, the sadist had sawn through the middle of Sebastian's body. When trying to recreate this for a video capture, it simply did not happen again. Thus we just mention it for the sake of ccompleteness, however, all images solely result fron the Uncensored Version.