Criminal Girls: Invite Only is a game on the slowly dying PlayStation Vita. Released by NISA, this is the first time a “Criminal Girls” game will be released in America! I know a lot of you are thinking “So what?” or if you’ve seen the game you might be thinking “What the fuck is wrong with them!?” and that’s totally fine. It’s definitely not a game on my radar. I think it’s pretty gross and repugnant. Some of the girls look waaay too young to be in this game. There were a few things censored in “Criminal Girls”, such as:
- Artwork. No more rope bondage porn! The art was softened up.
- Terminology changes: It’s no longer “Punishment”. It’s “Motivation”!
- No native dialogue: This is probably for the best. It’s even creepier sounding in Japanese though.
- No “Motivation” scene dialogue: This one I understand a little less. Since the game has no subtitles, I guess it’s just easier to not have this at all.
The nature of this game is “consent”. That’s probably why it was changed from “Punishment” to “Motivation”. If these girls are tied up and being punished and you’re just having your way, I can definitely see the need to possibly soften this game up a bit, so it can even be released in American on a console. The ratings system for consoles is pretty damn tough. Even if it were a digital only release, it would have to get an MA/Adults Only rating which would mean sales would tank. And tank hard. But there were choices, Nippon Ichi! Choices! You could have ported a game that didn’t feel like bondage porn/something darker! Port it to the PC where the restrictions aren’t as horrific! Still a chance it could get the dreaded “AO” stamp on PC, but they could have thought this through a bit more. You could import it yourself! It’s not the first time a game came out on a Sony console that people imported because they couldn’t have it in America! There’s no region lock there! The point is, even if I don’t agree with the game, I’m not going to try and tell people not to get it/that it should be censored. There were other choices than pushing this to the Vita with a bunch of edits. The Vita’s basically a dying handheld in America [No matter how much I love it], so I don’t think it’s going to make the money you think it might.
Touching young girls who are criminals and “fulfil the girls’ special requests”. Jesus F. Lord. It’s a pretty fucking perverted game, but you don’t have to buy it, it doesn’t have commercials on TV, or on YouTube that I’ve seen. You have to actively seek this game out. I don’t understand the need to make this game, but if you’re going to create a creepy, obscure game and release it in America, leave it as is, or don’t do it at all. I don’t judge peoples’ tastes, but damnit, America. You knew what this was going to entail [pun not intended, I swear] before you decided to port it.
Should they have bothered? Risked the “Adults Only” rating? Should they have just ported yet another version of “Disgaea 1” instead? What do you think?