Naughty Dog have confirmed that the European version of The Last of Us is censored and does not include the violent executions found the American version of the game.
American players caught in the explosion of a nail bomb will find their limbs flying off but gamers in Europe remain in one piece. Rather strangely the single player game is not censored and enemies can be dismembered in both versions of the game.
Eurogamer spotted the differences and also noted that the shotgun execution in multiplayer results in a spurt of blood in our version whilst Americans get an exploding head animation. The video above shows some of the violence edited from the European game, skip to 17m 40s to see the exploding head.
A letter posted on the official PlayStation Forums from Naughty Dog explains the reason for the edits:
“The gore and violence ratings are subject to local regulatory boards in various countries, so the game must be slightly changed in order to accomodate those choices.”