Japan Gets Just Cause 2 Instead Of Sleeping Dogs As A Games With Gold Freebie

By Spencer . January 2, 2014 . 10:40pm

imageTwo Square Enix titles will be freebies for Xbox Live Gold Members this month. However, Japanese gamers won’t get Sleeping Dogs like other regions. Why? Because Sleeping Dogs is rated CERO Z, which is like an adults only game.


Microsoft and Square Enix selected Just Cause 2 to replace Sleeping Dogs aka Sleeping Dogs. A similar thing happened with Dead Rising 2, which is also rated CERO Z. Japanese gamers got the HD version of Resident Evil Code: Veronica instead.

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  • Kimo Force

    Damn you, Japan. So lucky.

  • Shippoyasha

    I just don’t get Cero ratings sometimes. While Western standards are way too strict and outright neurotically controlling of sexual content, Japanese standards just go haywire when a game has violence, drugs and criminal setting involved.

    Both games are incredible, somewhat overlooked games though. Can’t freaking wait for sequels to both.

    • Matthew Brannock

      drugs and extreme violence are rated more harshly in japan

    • Aoshi00

      yeah, the Cero rating isn’t that logical and puzzles even Jpn gamers, there’s no one standard, varies from game to game.. Violence in A-ok in Jpn movies.. I mean Sleeping Dogs is not even that violent compared to other yakuza stuffs (well the Cantonese curses from the random pedestrians are vulgar lol). Some brief or partial nudity like in Heavy Rain was censored, the gore in Tomb Raider heavily censored as well w/ textures altered. But nothing was taken out from Gears of War.. anyway, just d/led it, still need to play Year of the Snake.. game felt a bit clunky after I played GTAV lol..

    • Red Veron

      That and I believe that Sleeping Dogs handles the organized crime theme a little too dark compared to something like the Yakuza games. The Yakuza games can’t don’t allow you to hurt innocent people.

  • Yan Zhao

    Well, congrats to the few hundred Xbox owners in Japan I guess.

  • k.b.a.

    i’ve got sleeping dogs through plus. i want just cause 2 however

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