Mugen Souls’ Steam Censorship Gets Lambasted By User Reviews


Porting over a game from a home console to PC usually entails a lot of worries over bugs, compatibility issues, graphics glitches and performance hiccups. Well, in the case of Idea Factory’s Mugen Souls, the game is receiving a lot of high marks from PC gamers on Steam… save for the fact that some are giving it negative reviews for the fact that the game is heavily censored compared to its Japanese counterpart.

The game is hailed as a mix between Disgaea and Hyperdimension Neptunia. Players will travel around fighting monsters, customizing their characters from head to toe and doing combat in a free-roaming battle map where fights take place in turn-based sequences. Some gamers have compared it to Fairy Fencer F as well, so if you like positional turn-based JRPGs where you can move around your characters and force enemies to take up certain stances so you can unleash your strategic military wit on them, then you might enjoy Mugen Souls’ combat. You can see it in action with the gameplay video below from YouTuber tr1ppa.

Mugen Souls Gameplay PC HD [60FPS/1080p]

Mugen Souls PC Gameplay 1080p 60fps Platform: PC Video Game Genre: RPG, Adventure, Strategy Developer: Idea Factory Publisher: Ghostlight LTD Release Date: 22 Oct, 2015 Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/389870/ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/tr1ppa?sub_confirmation=1 Mugen Souls features a free-roaming battle map, turn-based combat, and massive amounts of customization and growth to maximize the fun players can have with the game.

The PC version sports keyboard and mouse support, dual channel audio for Japanese or English voice-overs and resolution and graphical effect upgrades to match up to today’s PCs. The developers have also handed out 30 pieces of free DLC, all for $19.99… well technically $11.99 for the first week of the game being on sale since it’s 40% off.

So how on Earth can a game with so much content find itself being ridiculed by the gaming audience? Well, that’s because some steps were taken to censor the game for western sensibilities.

It’s not even the publisher’s fault… Ghostlight. They apparently wanted to go all-in on the uncensored version of Mugen Souls but a banhammer was dropped on their erected pride and firm intentions. As LunarCainEX points out…

“Keep in mind this is the Western Localization Released also known as the Censored Version. As much as Ghostlight wanted to bring the Uncensored version, Steam denied it. So is this game worth your money? Yes because its at 40% launch and you will receive free DLC and its a LOT of DLC.”

Better frame-rate at 60fps, enhanced graphics, excellent playability and extra gamepad support wasn’t enough to sway lolicon09. The censorship was too much to bear…

“It’s a good port, i can’t deny that. My only issue with this game is that it’s the same freaking censored version that NISA released on PS3, so it kills 99% of my interest to play it and finish it.

 

“As someone who really is against censorship, i can’t recommend this game.”

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Akirih was in the same boat, making a curt but clear point about why they could not recommend the game…

“The game itself is not bad. But I refuse to pay for something with removed/censored content.”

Resi decided to offer a counterpoint to all the complaining about the loli nudity being removed, stating…

“People are mad about this game being censored. Oh no, they removed 120CG of loli from my game, whatever shall I do? I dunno, go move to Japan where you can look at loli pictures free of crime. Me and my poor Canadian ♥♥♥ will enjoy not being jailed for owning loli content.”

Madao wasn’t worried about the censorship, however. The fact that the game had so many different options and play-style features was enough to recommend it, along with the upgrade to 60fps…

“Combat is similar to the Neptunia and Fairy Fencer games, with its own additions, such as the Moe system where you take advantage of an enemies weakness using various anime character archetypes.

 

“If you’ve played a JRPG recently I don’t think it’ll surprise you too much, but I think its quite enjoyable if you’re into that sort of thing,”

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Zankuro was of a different mind, along with a few others, who didn’t even mind the game being censored but couldn’t stand the rest of the content, writing…

“This game is really uninspired and I would have rather seen Rebirth 3 or something else, anything but this. I don’t even care if it was censored, the scenes add nothing to the game and if I wanted something to stare at like that I would just see my good friend google. He and I go way back.
“I don’t know how these games sell well in japan (do they…?) when it is literally the same old ♥♥♥♥ every title they release. seriously, it all looks the same. Not impressed.”

Some people were disgusted with the “panty shots” and upfront yet censored nudity parsed throughout the game. Others constantly were angered about the game not offering enough nudity and that it was censored. Others felt the gameplay and nudity just weren’t worth it, censored or not, and that Hyperdimension Neptunia is the better game.

Either way, Mugen Souls is available right now over on the Steam store. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official website.



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  • Fenrir007

    “It’s not even the publisher’s fault… Ghostlight. They apparently wanted to go all-in on the uncensored version of Mugen Souls but a banhammer was dropped on their erected pride and firm intentions.”

    This is a filthy lie from Ghostlight. Games with much worse content are seen on Steam with an official patch pinned on the forums, all with Steam’s blessings. A restoration patch would be completely possible, and would placae all fans.

    Ghostlight is a censor-happy company, so I’d say its more likely they were personally offended at the content and didn’t want to offer this possibility to the community.

    • TheGreatGamerGod

      Spot on. Valve really don’t bother with policing steam to any real degree in any form, this is just an excuse.

      • Tristan (Chili1)

        Have you considered emailing Valve asking about the issue? They could confirm it as a lie and get Ghostlight in trouble, or confirm it to be true and be let known that people disapprove. valvesoftware.com/email.php

      • Ckarasu

        Yes they do. They actually do remove content. Are you even kidding? You can’t sell AO content on steam if it involves sexuality.

      • Fenrir007

        Valve allows official patches to be made and pinned on the oficial forums by game developers to restore censored content, though. As long as it is not deployed by Steam’s updater, its ok.

      • Ckarasu

        And? Ghostlight could create a patch. This was the weekend for them. Of course they weren’t going to respond yet.

      • Fenrir007

        “And? Ghostlight could create a patch.”

        Oh yeah, I’m sure they will. You better sit down to wait or you might get tired.

      • Ckarasu

        I’m saying could. Not that they would. At least give them that chance, though.

      • Fenrir007

        Its close to the end of the week and not a single statement from them. You can keep believeing – I’ll accept the cold, hard truth.

      • Ckarasu

        I honestly do not care for the content at all. But I at least give companies the chance to act. I’d honestly wait a month, at most. Even if the patch was being made, it’d take time. Also, they’ve been speaking on the Steam forum every once in a while.

      • V2

        >I’d honestly wait a month, at most.
        So, how did that go?

      • Ckarasu

        Fine. I didn’t really have a horse in that race, as they say. I just tend to give devs at least that long to fix what’s wrong.

    • zanmaru

      This seems unlikely. I mean I’ll be the first to criticize the lack of an uncensor patch, but you really need more evidence than that if you’re going to accuse the publisher of lying.

      “A restoration patch would be completely possible, and would placae all fans.”

      Completely possible, sure. Easy? I don’t know, I’m not a developer, nor do I know how much access Ghostlight had to the original code. Do you?

      I’m not happy about the censorship, but lets not let our emotions get the best of us.

      • Fenrir007

        Here is some evidence: their complete silence when multiple people point out the fact that many other devs did just that. Why didn’t they address that in their statement or afterwards when people brought it up? Why didn’t they explain “we can’t do a patch because X”?

        As for being easy, I’m sure it would not be harder than what they did (release it censored) or planned to do (release it uncensored).

        They have the option of dispelling any of these assumptions at any time. Their choice to not do so, as well as with their past stance on welcoming censorship (as seen on Agarest), points towards a general direction that makes consensual censorship very likely.

      • zanmaru

        Silence neither proves nor disproves anything. Plus, you’re the one making the accusations, I think the burden is on you to prove them, not on them to refute you.

      • Fenrir007

        There is enough evidence pointing towards this outcome.

        1- Steam has been getting more and more lenient about this kind of content, and when its not permitted, they still allow a patch to be made;

        2- There is 0 reason why a patch would be hard to make to decensor it. They said they wanted to make an uncensored version, so that means they are capable of doing it. They also did a censored version, proving they are capable of doing both. So why would a patch be something “hard to make”? It wouldn’t be any different from an update patch deployed on Steam, for instance.

        3- Ghostlight is no stranger to censorship or lying about it, as they did with the child version of Character Fiona from Agarest 2. This is the e-mail from PEGI countering their claims that PEGI had asked them to remove the character:

        https://i.imgur.com/1glQr3z.jpg

        https://techraptor.net/content/agarest-generations-war-2-censored-steam

        So there is a precedent of them lying through their teeth.

        4- Radio silence about the uncensoring patch.

        So yes, I’d say there is enough proof pointing towards this being Ghostlight’s fault, and worse, lying about it – again.

      • Ckarasu

        1 & 2 aren’t reasons. The facts show that, of at least 5 games, only two were censored. That’s nothing. 3 is an overblown statement detractors made by arguing semantics.

      • Fenrir007

        They aren’t reasons because you don’t want them to be? Okay, bro. And 3 is an overblown statement? Well, the picture is there for all to see and judge for themselves.

      • Ckarasu

        No, they aren’t reasons because they don’t relate to this situation. Steam still does not allow graphic depictions of sex, or sexualization of minors. That’s why, for example, The Witcher games don’t show actual penetration.

        PEGI said that Fiona was an issue, and had to be changed. This was, apparently, only after just hearing about the game from Ghostlight. Not from the submission.

      • Fenrir007

        “No, they aren’t reasons because they don’t relate to this situation.
        Steam still does not allow graphic depictions of sex, or sexualization
        of minors.”

        They do through patches as I said before over and over and over. And no, they are not making one, which is why they are radio silent the entire week.

      • Ckarasu

        Weekend, bro. They probably aren’t working at the moment. If they’re not working, then they can’t respond.

      • Derp Minos

        Except Ghostlight was caught lying at least once, blaming PEGI for censoring Agarest Wars 2 on PS3.

      • Ckarasu

        I read that. PEGI did suggest removing some content. It’s in the email, where they point out that the game as it was would have likely run afoul of some of the anti-paedophilia laws in the EU.

      • Fenrir007

        They didn’t suggest the removal of anything but the word “child”. Instead, they removed an entire character.

      • Ckarasu

        The suggestion was not even from a submission of the game, apparently. Ghostlight merely inquired about potential issues. And many agree that Fiona was an issue. She was implied pretty heavily to be a child, even without the word child.

    • Ckarasu

      Gonna repeat this:

      Agarest 1 wasn’t censored.
      Agarest 0 wasn’t censored.
      Way of the samurai 4 wasn’t censored.

      WotS4 is even more relevant, in that one of the nightcrawl minigames is for an underage girl. You have no point to make.

      • Fenrir007

        Agarest 2 was censored, though. And worst of all, they lied about it, blaming PEGI about Fiona’s child version removal when they never asked them to remove her in the first place..

        https://i.imgur.com/1glQr3z.jpg

      • Ckarasu

        Did you even read that? They even said that she was a potential issue. Heck, PEGI hadn’t even played the game yet. Ghostlight apparently described the game to them, and this was their response.

      • Scyris

        They only said it was an issue because she was refered to as a “child” if that one word was changed it would have been fine, but they went steps further and just removed her entirely from it, when all they had to do was change the word child that appeared only a few times referencing Fiona to something else to get a pass, yet they opted for the more work intensive part of removing her entirely.

      • Fenrir007

        No, you clearly didnt read it. That e-mail was from PEGI, and they clearly stated they should consider removing the words “child”. From that, they removed everything. How can you even defend this? And if my memory serves me right, they said PEGI told them to do what they did, which was incorrect and a blatant lie.

      • Derp Minos

        Kindly show me where PEGI says they’d refuse rating the game if they didn’t remove Fiona from the mini-games.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f97beb22cfd8daca40737bf5bf72876b7a6ad4bd8bfe7224e111465a9e1bc03e.jpg

      • Ckarasu

        The part where they said that it could run befoul of the laws in the EU is a huge issue. Like, a big freaking issue. Ross is CM, so I don’t think he was presenting the accurate story, but PEGI is proven to have said that Fiona was, indeed, an issue.

      • Derp Minos

        You have no reading comprehension don’t you? They merely said “it might cause issues”, which is wrong in the end. And I can’t believe you are actually defending Ross when he outright lied. How much does Ghostlight pay you to defend them? I hope you’re not doing it for free.

      • Ckarasu

        How adorable. I read it just fine. Still means that they shouldn’t ever take that risk. You never mess around with those laws.

      • Derp Minos

        So you’re dumb as expected. Thanks for confirming mate.

      • Ckarasu

        No actual argument, then? Just Ad Hominem? Pretty obvious who the unintelligent one is, and it’s not me.
        Good day, whoever you are.

      • Derp Minos

        You have absolutely no argument either. Point is they lied and there’s nothing excusing them for it. PEGI themselves said they never forced them to censor the game. Stop moving the goalpost. You have absolutely NO ARGUMENT WHATSOEVER.

      • Ckarasu

        They were right to take the safest option. That’s been my argument for quite some time.

        Also, no proof that they lied about Mugen Souls. Until there is proof, then you really have no leg to stand on.

      • Derp Minos

        Their argument was that they were forced by PEGI which was a lie. So there’s a precedent. So they’re lying until proven otherwise.

      • Ckarasu

        That’s actually not logical. Lying once does not mean they’re always lying.

        Also, Ross is just a CM. He can make mistakes.

      • Derp Minos

        Haha well, keep believing them I guess. They’re laughing at idiots like you who bought the game thinking it was really Valve forcing them to not censor it.

      • Ckarasu

        Literally no one does that. At all. They’re not some cartoonishly evil publishing firm with tons of money and a bunch of amoral employees. I mean, come on. Actually think before you say things like that.

        Also, no one cares. I’m not at a loss for the content at all. It had no merit to me. So, with it being cut, I couldn’t care less about it. Maybe if they censored out something worthwhile, then I might care. I lose nothing by buying Mugen Souls at all.

      • Derp Minos

        You lost your soul by doing that.

      • Ckarasu

        No.

      • C G Saturation

        Agarest is that game with the JP artwork cover changed to some ugly man, right? That probably says a lot about them.

      • Ckarasu

        It really doesn’t. It’s just bad. JP artwork had no fanservice. I have no idea why they did that.

      • Ckarasu

        Oh, seems they didn’t keep the changes. They reverted to the JP artwork. A shame, really. That’s some god tier level bad boxart. Legendary, next to Ico’s original US release, and the old Megaman boxarts.

      • V2

        You can do the nightcrawl minigame for an underage girl (not underage by 1860 Japan standards, but that’s beside point) in WotS4. But if you do, you’ll find a (male) sailor in her bed instead.
        It’s also completely optional and not shoved in the face of the average player (in fact, it ranks amongst the hardest ones to trigger).
        So if you really want to, you can try to sneak into a little girl’s bed at night… only to fail miserably, unless you cheat/use a mod. But I’m sure there’s enough loli and rape mods for say, Fallout or Skyrim too.

  • Dr. Evil’s Brother’s Evil Twin

    I hope they release an uncensor patch. It would be the right thing to do.

    • zanmaru

      Right thing to do? I don’t think it’s a moral judgement. They’ve been upfront about the censorship, they aren’t ripping anyone off.

      It would certainly be the cool thing to do though.

    • Fenrir007

      They will not. They love dem censorships.

  • zanmaru

    Wow, a gaming news article that maintains a balanced, professional, and neutral tone? What a time to be alive.

    • Oh you must have veered off of “Game Journalism Ave” where Kotaku and Polygon and VICE line the street, and entered down a deep, dark, forested gravel road with a broken down sign with green and purple text that reads “GamerGate Approved Sites”.

      Welcome to that deep, dark, gravel road… I hope you enjoy your stay.

  • Unknown

    Oy oy oy!!!! They quoted my review! Omg They Quoted my review!! 😀
    I’m LunarCainEX ^_^ Thank you for using my Review!

  • Derp Minos

    As others said it’s obvious Ghostlight are outright lying sending the blame to Steam. Please for the love of god, can you at least research your news before making them? Ghostlight has already been seen lying before. First time for Agarest Wars 2 blaming PEGI (someone sent them a email and they responded by saying they never refused to rate the game), then blaming the ‘laws’ (funnily enough they seemed to say they’d consider to uncensor Mugen Souls, but what about the laws from their previous statement? was it a lie too after all?!?!), then now Valve is to blame? Please.

    • Ckarasu

      They didn’t censor Agarest 1 or 0. They didn’t censor WotS4, which had a nightcrawl segment with an underage girl. Logic bro, do you even?

      • Fenrir007

        They censored Agarest 2, which you conveniently missed. And lied about it.

      • Ckarasu

        He mentioned it. You missed my point. They’re not censor happy. That’s a dumb statement.

      • Fenrir007

        Well, they happily censor their games and seem to hide the real reason behind weasel words. Seems like a pretty accurate statement to me.

      • Ckarasu

        Can you prove that with uncircumstancial evidence? If not, I don’t care what you think. WotS4 was not censored by Ghostlight. Neither was Agarest 1 and 0.

      • Fenrir007

        If you want a confession from Ghostlight that will be kind of hard to produce, you know?

      • Ckarasu

        You’re free to believe what you want, but I can easily believe Ghostlight. Steam has, and still does, censor games. That’s why VNs have to sell the Alll Ages versions of their games.

      • Fenrir007

        …while posting patches and pinning them on the forums with Valve’s blessings, yeah.

  • Resi

    Thank you for posting my review this is the second time my review for a game has been featured on a games news/blog site. I feel special.

    • Do you know what special people get? They get cupcakes…

      https://i.imgur.com/Qo11ptH.jpg

      • Resi

        I love cupcakes. Thank you very much.

      • Scyris

        Those look good… I want some lol

  • C G Saturation

    I vaguely remember hearing about this game, glancing at it and thinking
    it didn’t look like my kind of thing, but reading this article talking
    about customizing character made me interested enough to try skimming the video. I was hoping to see some gameplay and literally almost threw up upon hearing but a few seconds of the English dubbing. Ugh.

    Anyway, I’m against censorship of any sort. I like to hope people are intelligent enough to deal with everything in a mature manner.

    • Scyris

      The dubbing is so-so at best but its honestly not the worse I have seen. NISA doesn’t really have a massive budget, so don’t ever really expect a amazing dub from them. Thankfully you can switch it to japanese if you want, but I think you’ll find the jp dub alot more annoying, I did, and this is coming from someone who only watches anime subtitled due to how piss-poor 98% of the dubs for anime are. Games seem to generally get better dubs though for some reason.

  • asasasasa

    Fairy fencer, neptunia, and this. SAME GAMEPLAY. I get bored easily -_-

  • DevilMayCry898

    People getting angry because they can’t see naked Loli characters. LMMFAO. If that’s all that it takes to get high reviews, it’s no wonder why these games are full of shit.

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