Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror… toned down for the PS2?

By Spencer . August 23, 2007 . 1:36pm


Sony Computer Entertainment America has not released too much information on their PSP to PS2 port, but the ESRB rating suggests that Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror is getting content changes. The rating dropped from “M” to “T”. The violence was toned down from intense violence to just violence. There is less blood, milder language and the partial nudity got the axe. However, the game did pick up a drug reference. I’m not sure if that is a fair indication of new content, but something is clearly different between the two releases.

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  • I think most of the strong language in the PSP version is in the tutorials. Ya know, when you try out most of the weapons on trainees, and they complain?

    Some of it also could be changes in standards since it was originally released. Like “blood” going to “mild blood” could simply be in comparison to more violent games like Gears of War. And the “partial nudity” could have been a skimpy outfit (I think in the bonus levels?) which is now downgraded to “suggestive themes”.

  • You bring up an interesting point. I was actually thinking the ESRB might be toning down too, but after the whole Manhunt 2 thing I tend to lie on the edited side. Maybe Sony felt a “T” rating would sell Syphon Filter to a broader audience? We’ll find out soon though.

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