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How The Evil Within Looks With Japan’s Gore Mode On And Off


In Japan, by default The Evil Within is edited to be a CERO D game. However, if you reserve The Evil Within and are 18 or over, you’ll get a DLC code for Gore Mode which restores elements in the Western release that were cut to keep the rating in Japan 17+ instead of adults only.


Director Shinji Mikami explained, the reason why The Evil Within has two modes is the game would have been rated CERO Z and he wanted The Evil Within to have broader distribution.


When a bomb detonates in the edited CERO D version of The Evil Within enemies stay in one piece…



… but in the Western version and with Gore Mode DLC explosions are more graphic.

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If you take out an enemy with a headshot their head stays on in the edited version of The Evil Within



… but in the Western version or if Gore Mode is on headshots are more graphic.

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Another change is corpses are covered in the edited version of The Evil Within while the Western version and in Gore Mode corpse are exposed.

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The Evil Within comes out in Japan on October 23. Bethesda will release the game in North America and Europe this week.

Siliconera Staff
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