Don't you think the console version over here should at least be marked with some sort of label saying it's censored. As I don't think everyone would know about this and also this would give the consumers the choice to make a purchase based on this fact. Just finding it unfair that consumers aren't fully informed before they make a purchase, but hey! that's business for you.
Theres a part of the game (Wont say which part for spoiler reasons) but they have complete censored it out and instead of showing you it, they basically bring up another screen where you read what happens lol I was quite dissappointed myself tbh. But the game is still amazing :)
I've often said the same thing about films: that any censorship should be required by law to be declared on the packaging, right next to the age-rating, so people can make an informed choice whether to buy or not.
In the case of "South Park: The Stick of Truth" that declaration would say "7 cuts totalling 20 seconds."
The censorship applies to the European (and Australian) console versions. The PC version is uncut, and the American console versions are uncut. Warning to anyone considering importing the American version: the Xbox 360 version is region-locked, the PS3 version isn't.
At least the South Park game doesn't attempt to hide the fact that it has been censored when you're actually PLAYING the game - in fact it goes out of its way to make it super-obvious, and apologises for it on-screen every time - but, of course, you've already bought it and played it by the time you see that admission, haven't you? By which time it's too late to return it.
Now just to clarify, was it a total of 20 secs for all cuts? or for each individual cuts. I'm thinking that its for each individual cut. Anyway, i agree with Neal. Even Matt & Trey has supposedly mentioned that the censored scenes would have easily been broadcasted on tv if it was aired as a normal episode. Since THQ went under, ubisoft has been pulling the strings and made the decision to cut the console versions outside of the US, due to the whole interactive nature of the content, which i think is a load of bull. Many are pointing their fingers at Germany as they are the second biggest gaming industry in Europe and are usually more sensitive to certain contents in film, games, general media. If we simply let this happen without making a fuss, there's no thinking of what else would be shorthanded to us next. If people get offended by it, then don't buy it. What i don't want is people imposing their values on others of what they can or can not have access to. Also retailers here not informing us about this censor is just criminal. If there is a variation of a product from its original production, consumers should be clearly informed. This is nothing short of a wide scale scam.
The censored scenes are mini-games (resisting a probe, performing an operation, etc) so that reported "20 seconds" is probably just the shortest possible time those scenes could last, if you did them perfectly on your first attempt.
And, because you can fail or succeed on those scenes, there's a couple of different ways each one could play out. I think the reported time was a very conservative estimate. The average player would probably fail those sequences at least once before they got them right - or go back and fail them deliberately, just to see what happens :-)
The most annoying thing is that the removed mini-game sequences were also part of the game's storyline - which is why they couldn't simply be "skipped" and had to be replaced with "sorry" screens explaining (in text) what just happened in the scenes you weren't allowed to see.
Aha! In an interview in Metro (7th March 2014) Matt Stone said "We're talking about 30 or 40 seconds" - that sounds a BIT more like it. He also called the censorship of the game "lame, ridiculous and stupid" :-)