"Sleeping Dogs" Rated Adults-Only in Japan

Square Enix-published Hong Kong action gets a Z from CERO

Japan's Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO) recently slapped the Square Enix-published Hong Kong action title Sleeping Dogs with its not-so-coveted Z rating, which is essentially adults-only. It's not unheard of—titles from GTA: Chinatown Wars to the premium edition of Lollipop Chainsaw have received a Z—but it does keep the title off display on store shelves. 

 

Thus, a few measures are being taken to modify Sleeping Dogs for Japan. As CVG details, players will be penalized for attacking civilians in certain missions. A character that signals the beginning of a street race has also been removed, and a sex scene has been softened. 

 

If you're new to Sleeping Dogs' open-world brutality, check out "Sleeping Dogs 101" and the E3 2012 trailer below:

 

 

Sleeping Dogs hits Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in North America on August 14.

 

Via Joystiq

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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