The Last of Us is not the type of game that you should play while devouring a plate of spaghetti bolognese. Naughty Dog’s survival horror opus is packed with more blood, guts, and gore than a butcher’s backroom. Alas, the European release doesn’t quite boast the same level of spew-inducing viscera as its North American counterpart.

Hot on the heels of a handful of bemused forum posts, the fine folks over at Movie-Censorship.com have run a sequence of comparison tests on the first-party favourite, and learned that the PAL version of the PlayStation 3 exclusive lacks the multiplayer dismemberment details of its overseas alternative, making online deaths slightly less grisly in the old world.

This is not the first time that a Sony published title has been censored in Europe, with last year’s Twisted Metal reboot and God of War: Ascension also succumbing to a slightly less brutal fate. The issue appears to stem from the platform holder’s reluctance to publish multiple versions of the same game in a single territory, with more lenient locations such as the UK held to the stricter standards of other nations. Still, we suppose that the PS3 is region-free for a reason, huh?

[via movie-censorship.com]