We take a look at all the censor-related changes they’re bringing to punishingly naughty RPG Criminal Girls: Invite Only as it comes West.

Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a role playing game in which you give orders to a group of girls stuck in Hell and trying to get out – the twist being that they don’t always listen.That’s where the fun comes in, as you can change the stat which controls their “obedience” to your commands by using the punish system.

NIS America confirms that this (and all the core gameplay mechanics) will be present in the Western release version, as well as detailing what exactly is being cut. Here’s the full lowdown straight from a statement they sent to Siliconera;

“A key part of our localization philosophy is keeping games as true to the original as possible when we bring them to the West. Unfortunately due to rating issues and regional regulations, we sometimes have to work with our developers to make minor changes to game content.

 These decisions are never made lightly, and whenever we do make them, it comes after working closely with the various rating boards as well as the developer . Making the changes necessary to release some of our more niche titles in the West is not, and never has been, an attempt at making the game more appealing to a larger audience. We know that censoring a game would lose just as many fans as it may potentially bring in.

 For Criminal Girls, the changes the developer is making do not change any of the core game play mechanics. They are modifying the amount of fog that remains in some scenes as well as removing the Japanese audio from those same scenes.

 Ultimately, our goal is to make games available to our fans in the West, and to keep those same games as close to their original as is possible. Regrettably, without changes, some games would not be able to be released here—as is the case with Criminal Girls: Invite Only.

 We apologize for this situation and we hope that you will stand by us as we continue to bring as many creative, fun, and exciting products as we possibly can. Thank you for your support.”

So there you have it; more fog to cover up the naughty bits in certain scenes and the removal of some Japanese voice-over audio (which I believe contains noises of a sexual nature) from certain scenes.

Can you live with that, or is this censorship “too much” on something that should’ve been left alone?

Let us know in the comments, or voice you opinion farther on the forum.

  • DFC

    I could tolerate a little bit of steam, but I just can’t get over those removed audio tracks. I won’t be buying this game after all.

    • DFC

      NISA rep also pointed out on their forums that they are going to alter some of the dialogues and character bios, so that’s another thing I don’t like about this localization.

      • Dialogue is always altered in localizations, the key part here is the character bios being modified. That’s most likely to “Age up” the characters. Wouldn’t want to be punishing young girls ;D

  • nonscpo

    While I understand adding more fog for localization purposes (causes you know according to society its not people in their 30’s buying these games, instead its kids with irresponsible parents that buys these games), was it really necessary to take out the audio. Exactly how erotic was the dub? This is another example of why Adult or 18+ rated games should be allowed on Home/Portable consoles. If the developers dont feel restricted (within the confines of the law) they can better cater to their respective audiences AND have the moral argument in their favor to keep inapropriate games away from kids (not that it matters cause mom and dad of the year will buy it for their kids anyway).

    • The audio track for the scenes which are being removed is pretty much hentai level. It’d have slammed this game with the AO rating in a heart beat.

      • nonscpo

        If that is true then that only helps validate my point that the silly war against adult 18+ games needs to end, that console manufacturers need to start allowing games that have previously been barred; Otherwise we should expect this to be a continuos problem. Oh well I wasn’t originally looking at this game as a buy, just frustrates me that the ratings are affecting game localization/censorship, thanks for the answer though.