What are the biggest titles banned around the world? We take a look at some of our favorite games and where you can’t play them. Or you can but you must be using some VPNs which are becoming bigger business than ever before, with a wide range on the market to help beat geoblocks and play the titles you love no matter where in the world. Of course not everyone is willing to pay and install VPN but nowadays it is not a difficult task. They’re easy to download and you can find a wide range reviewed here.
Battlefield 4 is still a hugely popular first-person shooter despite being released a number of years ago. The sequel to 2011's Battlefield 3 and was released in October 2013 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360; then later in November for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was met with very positive reception and it was praised for its multiplayer mode, gameplay, and graphics. It was a commercial success, selling over 7 million copies worldwide.
Few of those, however, came from China, with the government quick to block it claiming it was a national security risk that could force a cultural invasion on the country. That came following an additional DLC pack to the game called China Rising, forcing the government to pull it off the shelves and requesting any gamers owning it to hand it in.
For any Pokemon fans, you won’t be able to play the popular Pokemon Go in Iran for security reasons. Much has been said about the game and the safety surrounding it, with a number of countries logging hundreds of incidents with the police. However, in Iran it is completely banned.
In China, it’s also more difficult to access. Pokemon uses Google Maps to work, and with Google being banned in China, a VPN is needed to be able to use Google and then play the game.
Rockstar Games are no strangers to controversy, and Manhunt 2 was perhaps their most universally banned game in history. After the first game was inaccurately connected with a murder in the UK, a number of countries banned the title based on its violent nature.
The uncut version became the first ever game to be refused classification by the British Board of Film Classification, but an edited version was finally accepted.
It’s banned in South Korea to this day still, as well as a number of other countries.
GRAND THEFT AUTO (VARIOUS TITLES)
Grand Theft Auto is another Rockstar title that has various banning orders across the world. Practically every title is banned in the UAE, meaning a VPN is absolutely essential, while you’ll also find it banned in China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Meanwhile in Japan, you’ll only find heavily edited versions to minimize the violence within the game. It’s also been banned in Australia a number of times but has generally been edited to suit classifications, meaning you won’t get the full game.