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Video: Wolfenstein: The New Order censored version comparison

Take a look at the Nazi-free version.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is the first title in the series to be granted an official release in Germany - not surprising, really, when you consider that the use of Nazi imagery and slogans has been restricted in the country for over 60 years.

Swastikas and other Nazi images aren't banned in TV and movies, but video games are a different case as the German government doesn't class them as art in the same way.

Even then, game characters can still be portrayed as Nazis (as they were in Call of Duty 2, for example) although The New Order goes a step further and replaces references to the Nazis as simply 'The Reigime'.

Meanwhile, the game's international version - the one released here in the UK - has been geo-locked on PC so it can't be played within Germany itself.

How much of an impact does this all really make? Eurogamer's YouTube editor Ian Higton has been recording his playthrough of the game to find out.

Fair warning - the video below doesn't show any pivotal plot moments but it does include sections of gameplay from throughout the campaign, just in case you want to remain spoiler-free. There's a fair amount of violence, too.

Watch on YouTube

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