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In addition to a complete musical score replacement (almost certainly due to Kenji Yamamoto’s involvement), several other elements of the recently-released Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection — a port of Budokai and Budokai 3 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 — have been altered: some of the more graphic visuals.
Fans began picking up on some of the edits shortly after release in the first game’s cutscenes. Goku and Raditz’s death from Piccolo’s Makankōsappō has its bloody chest hole colored dark:
Interestingly, this is an edit similar to what happened in 2009’s “refreshed” version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series, Dragon Ball Kai.
UPDATE: Many of our European fans have told us that the above Raditz edit has always existed in their PS2 version; it, however, was obviously not present in the North American original (see above), and yet is indeed present in the North American HD Collection (also see above)! Despite the European and North American versions of the first Budokai game in this collection having branched developments at some point — as seen by the different language options (Japanese-only versus English-only, respectively), the same as back in its original PS2 release — it seems at least some of the graphical changes made their way into both regions this time around.
Edits extend even to in-game fights in the third game, with Broli’s ultimate attack flashing to a white screen as he pummels his opponent into the ground.
Which other examples of censoring have you seen crop up in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection? Does this, especially combined with the complete music replacement, affect your decision to pick it up?