Call of Duty: Black Ops facing censor's cuts ahead of launch

Upcoming Call of Duty title to lose violent edge

Japan and Germany cull CoD's violent streak

The upcoming addition to the CoD franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops is reportedly facing further censor implemented cuts after Square Enix apologised to Japanese gamers over the edited version of the game they are set to receive.

The title’s Japanese publisher is believed to have been forced to remove a number of scenes from the upcoming wartime shooter so as to pass the country's strict CERO ratings board. These latest cuts follow news that last month the German edition of the game faced the censor’s chopping board.

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To pass Japanese rating constraints all swastikas in the game’s ‘Zombie mode’ will be replaced by iron crosses whilst scenes that include aspects of dismemberment or “expressions of brutality” are to find themselves left on the cutting room floor.

German gamers keen to get their hands and game pads locked on to Call of Duty: Black Ops when it hits stores next week will find themselves in possession of a game devoid of explosions that lead to limb loss, a slow motion scene of an enemy being shot, a prisoner torture scene, German ‘anti-constitutional symbols’ and somewhat surprisingly Mick Jagger’s song ‘Sympathy for the Devil’.

No reports as to edits of the UK-bound version of the game have yet been made.

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