Sony Opens Adults Only Game Section For PS3 In Japan

By Spencer . October 24, 2013 . 2:41am

imageJapan has strict regulations when it comes to games rated CERO Z. These games cannot be sold to anyone under 18 and are usually kept behind the counter. The taboo about CERO Z games have declined since more companies are releasing them, even Japanese developers like Tecmo Koei with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge and Killer is Dead from Kadokawa Games. However, the same restrictions applied to digital distribution and most CERO Z games are not sold online.


Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is taking a leap forward by opening an 18+ game section on PlayStation Network in Japan. This part of the PlayStation Store will carry CERO Z rated games like The Last of Us. The new section will go live on October 31 with the following titles:


The Last of Us
God of War: Ascension
Killer is Dead
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Sleeping Dogs
Hitman Absolution


The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension will be discounted from 5,145 yen to 3,980 yen until November 13 as a launch promotion. PlayStation Plus members will be able to purchase either title for 3,480 yen.


Future CERO Z games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Retro City Rampage, Saints Row IV, and Onechanbara Z: Kagura with NoNoNo will be available in this shop.


Unfortunately, this won’t make importing Onechanbara Z any easier since you can only purchase CERO Z games with a master account and a credit card. Still this is a notable policy change that will increase distribution for CERO Z titles, many of which are developed in the West. Microsoft tried a similar strategy for Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, but did not push CERO Z digital distribution even though they held events specifically for CERO Z games in Japan.

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  • School Idol Addict

    Titles are so often misleading here…

    The titles start by Sony opens Adults only games section for PS3, which would point toward NA since that’s ESRB who use the AO rating, but then you finish by “in japan”.

    Why no just write “Sony Opens CERO Z Game Section For PS3 In Japan”

    • malek86

      Well, CERO Z games in Japan are for adults only, you can’t buy them unless you are 18 or older. So it’s the same thing.

      • Atmey

        IMO they should be categorized differently than 18+ non-game material, they are nowhere as explicit as some AO PC games (from Japan too),

        • malek86

          There’s a different rating system for PC games. CERO only rates console games, and those don’t allow hentai to begin with.

        • Odin

          Yeah, the system is different like malek said. Instead of CERO over there for everything, there’s the EOCS for PC Software.

          Had a copy of Clannad handy…

    • Antonio C. R. Murray

      Sometimes that’s what it takes. At one time In My Lifetime, I wrote an article titled “A game to end the console wars?” when in fact it was about the then announced Chou Jigen Game Neptune which of course would later be known as Hyperdimension Neptunia.

      Funny story is that I ran into a person years ago that bought the game because of my article. He said that he was about JPN RPGs but hardly anyone talked about them.

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  • DyLaN

    ………Am I the only one who thought of seeing some H-Vns here?

    • Weeb

      I opened the article only to be disappointed.

      • Penguin

        same here…..

    • Spider-Man

      I’m more than disappointed.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Saya No Uta HD 3D Edition with a trophy popping up in every disturbing scene of the game and 3D sexual violence with surround sound.


  • cyberkinghardy

    The title is too misleading !!

    • lozffvii

      No it isn’t.

    • Manny Being Manny

      You’re just assuming that Japan is like your culture. Extreme violence is adult material over there.

      • cyberkinghardy

        so p0rn is for kids right? ok i got it..

  • Shippoyasha

    Kind of a stark reminder that Japanese authorities are overtly prickly on violence in games while American authorities tends to absolutely FEAR sex in games.

    Just makes me sad. Censorship in any form makes me sad. If you have adult ratings systems and adult-only tags in games, USE IT and don’t expect adult games to pander and soften their edges for young kids. Media censorship hypocrisy just drives me up the wall….

    • Warren

      You’re right, with all the b**bs, d***s, and a** they show on tv in the US showing them in games shouldn’t be worse than that.

    • PreyMantis

      They can do that, but that means losing sales.

      • Shippoyasha

        I agree. It’s just sad that the market just makes an utter mockery of game ratings. It is like with Hollywood making movies have PG 13 to attract viewers. It is never an honest effort to rate entertainment. It’s a bunch of political hullabaloo.

  • We need AO sections around the world. That way perhaps people will stop complaining so much about certain content in games, weather it’s too gory or ecchi or whatever, because they’ll be in their own section.

  • Manzoku

    Heh, wasn’t expecting to see mostly Western (and all violent action) games on the list >.>

  • Dokuro

    I was expecting some porn.

    • British_Otaku

      Eroge and those sorts of games on PC tend to be censored greatly for consoles and portables and rated by a separate group (probably connected to CERO anyway) known as the EOCS (Ethics Organization of Computer Software.

      Violence (specifically how it is done, like decapitation, removing limbs in general and lingering looks at injury of human characters I guess) is the primary element in high ratings from CERO, not sexual content I assume as well.

  • Am I the only one—-
    *sees below*
    Nope lol.

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      *raises up hand* Yeah, quite disappointing.

  • Areuto

    How is GTA V not on this list?

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    Apparently The Last Of Us, God Of War: Ascension and even Assassin’s Creed are as graphic as Retro City Rampage. WTF happened there?

  • katamari damacy

    Last of Us is 18+ Adults Only? I thought we’d be seeing the full H version of Clannad and Little Busters

    • xAtKx

      Well to be fair, Clannad never had a full H version just a spinoff with some.

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