Heavy Rain gets toned down edition for France

Monday, 8th August 2011 15:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

European game ratings body PEGI’s rated a toned down version of Heavy Rain. The Quantic Dream thriller was given a PEGI 18 (BBFC 15) when it launched last February. Now the new version, Heavy Rain Edition Modifiée, has been given a PEGI 16. This new version does feature “realistic looking violence, nudity of a sexual nature, and strong language,” however. Sony’s told Eurogamer it’s a French-only thing, though.



  1. DirtEHarry

    Does this make ANY sense?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. alterecho

    So what IS toned down?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I don’t think it makes any kind of sense.

    I mean, we all know that the french are cowards and that they can’t handle violence in any way, shape or form, but we also know that they’re oversexed, debaucherous rapists with no semblance of shame what so ever.

    Really, it’s a complete mystery. Maybe someone eats a croissant the wrong way at some point.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. manamana

    DSB = racist, right?
    Or maybe I didn’t catch your deep hidden irony…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. jnms

    @4 – The French aren’t a race. Being French is a nationality.

    Or maybe I missed your deep hidden irony…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. manamana

    Well I used it in a common, modern way, where you could also mix some xenophobia in it. And I assume that you get what I meant, you know, people downtalking foreigners, especially on the american/french side of things. I was just wondering what big DSB intended to say with all that cowards and croissant stuff….

    No irony in it.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    As far as I know racism or xenophobia implies a deliberate and sincerely felt hatred of a different race or nationality… As opposed to common-as-dirt satire.

    Everybody knows the French aren’t actually afraid of violence, just look at the massacres perpetrated by french forces in Algeria or Indochina. That’s not satire, that’s just history.

    I guess whereever manamana is from, they don’t get jokes very much. Feel free to insert your nationality in there somewhere. Once you start adding major implications to things like baked goods, maybe it’s time you take a deep breath.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gurdil

    Maybe they just got rid of actual sex scenes or something. I don’t know if there were any in Heavy Rain since I didn’t play the game but that’s the only thing I can imagine. Sex mimicry is 16+ in France, so the only things 18+ are extreme gore and actual sex (well porn basically), even if it’s a bit more strict for video games than video games (Resident Evil, the first game, was 18+ for example and I don’t think it was that gore…). Well, of course, all things considered to encourage violence are 18+ too but I don’t think it’s that kind of game either, so…

    #8 3 years ago

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