Criminal Girls 2 Heading West with Some Alterations

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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Today via press release NIS America announced that Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors would be heading West this September. The game will release in North America on September 20th and in Europe on the 23rd.  Just like with  the first game due the explicit nature of the Punishment mini game there will be some alterations made to it in order to bring the title West. Here are some details of all the changes straight from the NISA Blog.

 

1 – Redrawn art. 
We had a bit more time to work on this title. We didn’t want to make any alterations to the game that would be jarring to the experience or feel “off,” so we worked with the original artist of the game who redrew the art for the Motivation scenes that might have caused issues due to their explicit nature. We didn’t want the game experience to change though, so we are also investing the extra effort into incorporating Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors’s unique Live 2D effect into the new art.

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2 – Terminology changes. 
As with the first in the series, Criminal Girls: Invite Only, “Punishment” will be framed as “Motivation,” and other terminology changes from the first game will also apply here. There may be a few other translation changes as well. This reduces the power distance between the player character and the girls in the Reformation Program and makes the activities of the game more consensual.

3 – No native language dialogue.
Like with Criminal Girls: Invite Only, we will not be dubbing the game in English. The game’s text will be in English, but the spoken dialogue will be the original Japanese voice track.

4 – No Motivation scene dialogue.
Some of this could cause an issue with power distance, or perceived consent of the activities of the game. This dialogue also represented a technical challenge to localization, because there are no subtitles. Thus, another reason this dialogue was removed was to avoid a situation of no text to accompany several lines of untranslated Japanese being spoken.

I’m sure many of you noticed that I said things “could” be an issue. That’s a little vague, and not 100% saying something would cause, for example, an AO rating. And you’re right. However, we consult with rating boards, our developers, and a variety of other stakeholders before deciding on a course of action with a title, and we did so with Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors.

We hope that you can appreciate the effort that has gone into bringing Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors to North America and Europe, and will enjoy the game when it comes out this September.

We have and will continue to work hard to bring unique and entertaining content to North America and Europe. As I mentioned earlier, we have tried to make the experience you will have playing Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors as close to the original experience as possible. You’ll experience the same story, the same understanding of the characters and their histories, and the same gameplay mechanics as someone in Japan. Some nuances have changed, but we sincerely hope you will enjoy and appreciate the overall game.

Yours in Prinny,
– Jordan

 Drop us a comment below to let us know if these changes affect your purchase, and keep it here for information about this release

About Steve Baltimore

Steve started with oprainfall not long after the campaign moved from the IGN forums to Facebook. Ever since, he has been fighting to give all non-mainstream RPGs a fair voice. As the site admin, he will continue to do this and even show there is value in what some would deem "pure ecchi." He loves niche games and anime more than anything... well, except maybe Neptune.




  • Jiyoon Kim

    This is the country we live in. What happened to the days when Duke Nukem was Rated M and no one cared to give a damn?

    • iam16bits

      The cultural authoritarian SJW’s is what happened.

    • Kazkari

      I wouldn’t say no NISA has been censoring and altering their games for a long time now, plus those nutty woman only ever attack mainstream games. I’ve never seen them bother with anything niche or even anime based generally, maybe there is to much material to work with lol.

    • Tiredman

      It isn’t just women. Plenty of guys who love to waltz around with their SJW knickers so they can get them in a bunch when they feel like it.

    • Kazkari

      I haven’t really seen any men bar ones going “oh I hate fan service” but go off to wank to hentai or normal porn lol. The way I see it is if they aren’t gonna buy the game even after its been altered to their taste then why even state their option, its irrelevant. Why not chastise us who buy it atleast. As a female myself I find them utterly annoying and pointless, quite ignorant too.

    • Tiredman

      The trick to it is we don’t know they weren’t going to buy it, so we can’t tell em to get lost. I probably won’t buy it, I just prefer sticking up for games rights to be left alone in most instances. I understand loli characters being censored, but other than that, I think everything should be left alone. I still can’t get over the removal of the breast size change bar in Xenoblade Chronicles X. I still bought the game because I just plain didn’t care about it, but I still felt it was really, really stupid.

    • Tiredman

      Oh, also, as for men, there is one on another website I like called Destructoid.com. He gets a lot of people frustrated with him because he consistently tosses in feminist views in even normal reviews. Sadly, his articles get a lot of views, so folks criticizing him do nothing but make him more entrenched since he brings in the clicks.

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  • Icyevilchief

    As much as censorship sucks at least NISA is upfront about

    • Kazkari

      They’ve never been upfront about altering the writing for the games they published though.

  • RepeatingDigits

    Not buying. Same as with the first one or any of NISA’s titles.
    Get fucked.

  • Mr0303

    “makes the activities of the game more consensual.” – they are a bunch of pixels! They don’t have free will to violate! Is it that hard to understand?

    Reworking the art is a better solution than the idiotic pink smoke, but it still changes the whole dynamic of the Punishment scenes and demonstrates the pussyfication of the West.

    Asia import copy it is then.

  • Brimfyre

    I still don’t understand this. I downloaded the DOAX demo the other day and played for a bit, then I played the new Witcher DLC and was having hard core sex in no time. I’ll never understand why a game with no nudity is more scandalous than a game with sex and nudity… and graphic violence. Especially when they all get M ratings.

    • KissDisqus

      It may have to do with some of them looking like children. These kind of things get scrutinized a lot more.
      There’s also the current political climate where a game with sexual content that can be perceived as non-consensual could raise some alarms and stir up trouble.

      It’s curious why they’re localizing it if it was going through some changes of content that’s the primary focus of the game.

  • Daymon

    Totally not my type of game, but even I think the changes are unnecessary. At least they were upfront about it before people purchased it.

  • Burgersama

    I guess I’m the odd man out when I say I don’t mind the changes, understand them and appreciate them being so upfront about things.

  • Mr0303

    Meanwhile in a completely uncensored game brought to the West:

    http://s33.postimg.org/8jec2e2sv/SENRAN_KAGURA_ESTIVAL_VERSUS_20160506015121.jpg

    NSFW

    NSFW2

    • grgspunk

      Isn’t this modded/glitched?

    • Mr0303

      Nope. The Dressing room is a main feature of the game and the users can get creative in it.

    • grgspunk

      I’m talking about the bare breasts and nipples. My understanding is that the bare breasts were from a glitch.

      The nipples, though? Call me skeptical, but are you sure thats really in the game? The ESRB lists only lists the game as having “partial nudity”.

    • Mr0303

      You can place accessories anywhere on the girls, so if you place 2 pink balloons just where the nipples should be you get this.

    • grgspunk

      How do you even get rid of the bandages on certain kinds of lingerie to be small enough to be concealed by the balloons? Did they get smaller or something?

      Also, was that first NSFW image created using the glitch? If not, how the hell did they get rid of both the bra and panties?

    • Mr0303

      There are different tricks you can use and the community is quite creative. I think in both cases here the creators use a balloons with near skin colour to hide the panties and bra and pink ones for the nipples.

    • grgspunk

      Interesting. Glad I picked up the game on Vita a couple weeks ago.

      I was just wondering, is the game’s DLC cross-compatible between the PS4 and the Vita versions?

    • Mr0303

      Yes. The DLC is cross buy.

  • Kazkari

    For some reason changing “punishment” to “motivation” sounds very governmental so I had a laugh at that. Poverty is motivation not punishment lololololol.

    On another note why not just make it AO? I don’t see the point in sweetening it since its ment to be as bad as it appears. In reality they only alter them since they think kiddies will buy their things even though age rating never stops any one.

    • KissDisqus

      Not many stores would sell AO. Not sure if sony would allow this on their online store. Steam seems okay with AO games(not sure about ones with explicit sexual content) but NISA itself doesn’t want to have a AO game on their record.

    • Kazkari

      But barely any stores sell physical games atleast for Vita or our “weeb” games so I don’t see the issue there. I’m sure they would if they allowed it to come out physically. NISA just likes censoring and altering things, to some degrees I understand it but mainly for them its to make money rather than please the rating board.

    • chris

      The console makers do not allow AO rated games period.

    • Ayame Kajou

      Prison girls 1 was 18+ in europe which is our equivalent of AO.
      Games get 18+ ratings easier here, but because of that shops don’t have any problems stocking them. (Generally 18+ games tend to be the best selling ones. E.g. GTA, Call of Duty, and other violent shootey games).

  • Figuratively Shaking

    “This reduces the power distance between the player character and the
    girls in the Reformation Program and makes the activities of the game
    more consensual.”
    I’m genuinely curious how anyone that reads that can still consider supporting NISA. They are fully admitting to changing things entirely based on feeling. They have exactly zero interest in actually trying to keep things close to the original game.

    It is quite funny that they try to keep up the good old NISA “It’s totally the ratings boards guys” damage control after such an astoundingly revealing statement though.

  • forweg

    “Power distance”

    Wow. Just wow. Whoever wrote this needs to get out of the games industry and go back to Tumblr.

  • Ayame Kajou

    They mention making come changes to avoid an AO rating. though the first game was 18+ in europe, and this one will most likely be the same.
    Considering that, that means we will most likely have things changed in the EU version because they want to avoid and AO rating in America and they coulnd;t be bothered doing a different version for us…

  • Panpopo

    Has anyone played the japanese version? I was wondering if the gameplay was improved at all.

  • tBanzai

    I’m glad I got the uncensored Korean version.

  • grgspunk

    Certainly affected my decision. I sperged about it on their forum and it got deleted.

    Thankfully, I got it archived:

    http://archive.is/kapue

    • j0eeyy_p

      You linked to the Gakhthun page containing adult material. That’s why it got deleted.

    • Steve Baltimore

      No, they claimed he was aggressive.

  • Dgnfly

    Atleast this leaves me more money to spend on other games, And considering todays market there are plenty of other games and developer to support that actually don’t cater to the nutjobs of this new society.

  • Jake Martinez

    Well I for one am glad that NISA is making sure that we aren’t confused about the “consensual nature” of fictional BDSM-like activities between fictional characters.
    Last thing we want is anyone to believe it’s okay to sexually assault cartoon waifus.

  • BuzzardZ

    sigh… Another problem that could have been solved with the option to turn on/off lewd content.

  • Nicholas Perry

    “Some of this could cause an issue with power distance, or perceived consent of the activities of the game”

    But that’s just it, it’s a GAME. And you CHOSE to localize it. This isn’t reality, this isn’t an educational book. You should just let things be, if someone is so offended they won’t buy it because these things exist in the game, because let’s be real it doesn’t significantly change the creep factor at all. They weren’t a customer to begin with.

    The ESRB is hypocritical as fuck.