Silent Hill: Homecoming May Be Toned Down for Australia

By Blake Ellison, Sep 30, 2008 2:26pm PDT Double Helix's Silent Hill: Homecoming (PC, 360, PS3), which was refused classification in Australia last week, may get a less violent release in early 2009.

Atari, which is distributing the game in Australia, hopes to get the violence modified by publisher Konami so that it can be classified and released during Q1 2009 according to IGN.

Quoting IGN, Australia's ratings body "cited several high impact scenes in the game, mostly focusing on drilling into and severing body parts."

In a rather graphic description, "one scene in particular that was highlighted as a problem involved Alex (the main character) having a drill forced into his right eye socket, which caused a lot of blood to spray out."

Meanwhile, in North America, the drill-filled version of the newest Silent Hill ships to stores today and releases on Steam.

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  • This always cracks me up... I live in New Zealand and we usually escape Australia's "dumbed down" versions of games like the GTA series. When I worked at EBgames, back in the day, people would purchase copies of GTAIII to take back to Australia or to send to loved ones to get the unedited version of the game.

    However, if ever this happens, I would order the PAL version from or (if it's region free) and circumvent that crap.

    Australia's censorship board needs to get i through their heads, you can't stop people from getting their games the way they were meant to be played!