What Was Cut? Australian And Unmodified GTA IV Compared

What Was Cut? Australian And Unmodified GTA IV Compared
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The pre-launch days of Grand Theft Auto IV were interesting to say the least. Even more so for Australians and Kiwis who, much to their chagrin, discovered they’d be receiving a censored version of the game. NZ recently earned the right to make use of its R rating and sell the unmodified game, but Australia is still living with the consequences of its silly classification system.

We heard all sorts of stories about what was removed from our version – everything from guns and anuses, to stuff not involving guns and anuses. Regardless of what was real or not, Rockstar couldn’t be bothered telling us exactly what to expect.

That’s why we have people like reader Mick, who went to the trouble of comparing the Oz GTA IV with an uncut copy to find the differences. I can tell you, they’ll definitely come as a surprise.

Firstly, when picking up a hooker in the Australian version you’ll notice that you’re unable to select your services (i.e. hand job, blowjob or standard intercourse) and the sex animations for these services have been completely removed. You’ll merely see the car bounce from a locked rear-view. Although there are glitches one can perform to get a front view of the action, the animations are still non-existent. Therefore as in previous GTA games you’re only able to see the hooker and Niko sitting side by side doing absolutely nothing. In the uncut version you’re able to select your services after driving a hooker to a secluded location by cycling through the three different services. For which ever you choose the hooker will begin performing the act on Niko and you’re be able to rotate the camera to see the action as you see fit.

Secondly, in the Australian version no blood pools appear beneath a dead person after shooting or stabbing them to death. Although there are blood splatters, there are no blood pools. In the uncut version blood will slowly ooze out from under a body and you’re able to create bloody footprints by walking through it or bloody tyre-tracks by driving through it.

Finally, when Niko or other NPCs are injured in the uncut version light blood patches appear on their bodies which basically represent bruises/bullet wounds. After having played through both versions of the game I can confirm that no other alterations have been made. Although the changes to the sex scenes come as no surprise one must wonder why Rockstar censored blood pools and body injuries. These elements are present in numerous other games which have been released totally uncut in Australia.

So Rockstar, why couldn’t you tell us this yourself? Minor alterations that, if made public before the sale of the game, probably would have seen a lot less people importing. Ah well, we can only hope it’s a lesson learned by the publisher… but my fingers aren’t crossed.

[Big thanks to Mick]

UPDATE: Mick adds “there have been reports that the bloody tyre tracks and footprints ARE present in the censored version, albeit harder to initiate.” He’s also provided some side-by-side screenshots for comparison:

Bloody tyre tracks
Blood pools, bloody footprints and tyre marks
Prostitution changes


  • As long as I can get the game on import for half the price of the local copy, I will, censorship or not. I paid $65 to get the US copy, as opposed to $120 for the local edition.

  • Before release i remember reading OCAU and there was a massive group buy for the uncut version. Just goes to show that if you are a pervert and like animated “blow jobs/sex” then sure, order your version from the US/UK.

  • Blood makes a difference to me. Just feels that if I’m doing violent things, it should have violent consequences. If Ninja Gaiden II is censored I’m definately importing.

    The hooker thing doesn’t bother me. Real sex pwns virtual hookers 😉

  • Don’t worry G DOG, in a few years you’ll be 18 and you’ll understand why a lot of us like to be treated as adults and make our own decisions.

  • Hey guys, Mick here. I sent Logan these screen shots of the cut content but I’m not sure if he’s going to publish em’ so here ya go, straight from my uncut version I took the other night:




    Also Logan, there have been reports that the bloody tyre tracks and footprints ARE present in the censored version, albeit harder to initiate. You might want to note that at the bottom of the article. I personally can’t get it to work in my AU version but others claim to have.


    • They are all present in the AU Xbox360 release, although, it may get your age from your xbl account, and react accordingly. Or, as I got it preowned, it may be a UK version…

  • Nice reporting there Mick.

    Having bought the AU version I can’t say I’m too disappointed with what’s been cut.

    STILL….not having blood pooling and body damage is a real shame. You’d think if they thought having bloody splatter/spray on walls, residue on car bonnets and blood surrounding windscreen bullet holes was okay…

  • Thanks australia……… cant you guys get your game rating s##t together already

    My NZ ver has a dam R-18 label hiding the M15,yes with no hooker options etc

    Even my brother blurstation 3 had proper R18 game…

    god i might try refund this s##t for real r 18 ver,what a joke

  • DrGreenThumb:

    So buy from playasia or another online resource like everyone else did (incl your brother by the sounds of it). It was known well before release that NZ was getting the censored version.

    Not Australia’s fault NZ doesn’t register on the publisher’s radar.

    By all means though, contact this jerk and let him know his decisions effect NZ along with all of Australia (not just South Australia). He’s the one most actively blocking the rating.


  • ^ thanks
    I did send Mr atkinson a nice email…. What a goofy looking mofo

    Old timers like this have no clue about the games and technology of today… and what is new must be bad in there eyes

    As for my bro’s blurstation 3 ver, it has r18 on the actual blur ray disk,and has everythin init, he didnt import?

    anyways if anyone got a spare min, send him some greif @ http://www.ministers.sa.gov.au/ministers.php?id=7

  • this is a disgrace. I love killing and chopping the people and running them down when the wife and daughter is sleeping. The first time I played i did not have so much fun since I went to the tab wearing old pants and I had yesterdays underwear in it.

  • I think I have the Australian version and I choose my sexual activities and the blood patches came with a patch a long time ago, for me.

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