Psychological thriller Martha is Dead made the headlines earlier this month after it was announced that Sony was censoring parts of the game while Xbox and PC would remain "unedited", and now we've got a bit more insight into that.

The game releases today, and the reviews have been dropping across the web, revealing what was cut out of the PlayStation version compared to Xbox. As per Video Games Chronicle, here's the full list of censored content:

Note: The following list contains graphic descriptions and spoilers for Martha is Dead:

  • The face peeling scene is no longer interactive
  • The scene whereby Giulia cuts open Martha’s womb is no longer interactive
  • Option has been added to skip the censored scenes while they are playing
  • Disclaimer text at the start of the game has been updated. It is now more sensitive, clearer and includes the warning of miscarriage references
  • The Safe In Our World message which appears at the end providing a link where help can be found now also appears after the disclaimer at the start (all platforms)
  • Any mention of masturbation has been totally removed during The Church chapter as VO and text

According to VGC, there's also an option in the game to skip certain distressing scenes entirely, which can be activated by a prompt when you first start it up. Again, this expanded censored mode is only available on PlayStation. Despite this, all versions including Xbox reportedly offer the ability to censor scenes relating to self-harm.

In a statement to IGN, publisher Wired Productions explained that "the changes in content were made as a result of conversations with PlayStation in the lead up to our launch," leading to a slight delay for the physical release.

As for the reviews, Martha is Dead currently has a 64 rating on Metacritic based on 8 reviews for the Xbox Series X version, and 67 based on 5 reviews for the PlayStation 5 version. Our sister site Push Square called its gameplay "such blatant artifice that it does the narrative a disservice to partake in it", giving the game a 6/10 score.

Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, that blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war. As conflict intensifies between German and Allied forces, the desecrated body of a woman is found drowned… Martha!

Martha is dead, and her twin sister Giulia, the young daughter of a German soldier, must alone deal with the acute trauma of loss and the fallout from her murder. The hunt for the truth is shrouded by mysterious folklore and the extreme horror of war that draws ever closer.

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