Dying Light 2: A USK age rating from 18 would have been enough!

On February 4th the time has finally come. Dying Light 2: Stay Human is out for PC, Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles. And that probably ends the long period of suffering of many players who have been longing for the open-world role-playing game for years.

Well, at least a little bit. Because even if it finally starts in a few weeks, fans, at least in this country, are still confronted with one last hurdle: choosing the version. As developer Techland announced in December, Dying Light 2 will appear in two different versions: as an uncut international version, which you can easily get in Austria and Switzerland, and as a cut, purely digital version for the German market.

Dying Light 2 | OPINION | We need an uncut version for Germany!

Gaming Germany remains conservative

Despite all efforts, the makers apparently could not find a compromise with the USK. The open-world RPG did not have an 18+ rating. So we will inevitably have to do without some content: Human enemies, for example, cannot be decapitated or dismembered. Neutral NPCs are completely invulnerable. And in co-op mode, you can only play with players from the same region. Only the story and the basic gameplay remain untouched.

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“So what?” one could say now. That doesn’t make the game significantly worse. And: still better than the predecessor. It was put directly on the index in 2015, so it wasn’t available at all on Steam or the Playstation Store. And yes, it may also be true that it’s good if the game comes out at all. The censorship is still annoying. And for two reasons. First of all, because the decision is absolutely exaggerated and outdated. Gaming Germany has become increasingly liberal in recent years: for example, the BPjM removed Left 4 Dead 2 from the index in 2021. Thanks to an uncut patch, you can now see the full extent of the blood and mutilation.

And the USK refused just 0.3 percent of all approval processes in 2020, i.e. the equivalent of four to five games. Even Dead Rising 4 or Mortal Kombat 11 are freely available in this country! And that, although there is also a lot of blood squirting – and worse. Thanks to the numerous fatalities, you can watch how the spines of characters are ripped out while they are still alive. Or the balls of a fighter are crushed in slow motion and with X-ray vision.