- Mar 13, 2007
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Manhunt 2 came under fire Tuesday in United States and Britain, where the government's ratings board banned sales of the title for what it called an "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone."
By Matt Slagle, Associated Press
An upcoming video game from the maker of the Grand Theft Auto series came under fire Tuesday in United States and Britain, where the government's ratings board banned sales for what it called an "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone."
Rockstar Games' Manhunt 2 was scheduled for a July 10 release on Nintendo's Wii and Sony.'s PlayStation 2 consoles.
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Players of Manhunt 2 assume the role of an escaped mental institution patient who goes on a killing spree as he fights his way to freedom. It includes special death moves players can perform by moving the Wii's wireless, motion-sensitive controller at just the right moment.
Manhunt 2 is the first game to be banned by the British Board of Film Classification since 1997, when it barred the sale of Carmageddon, in which players rack up points by driving vehicles over pedestrians.
In a statement, BBFC director David Cooke said the board was unable to approve the game because it was "distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing."
Rockstar spokesman Rodney Walker said Manhunt 2 was meant to be a horror game, something akin to gory films like Saw.
He called the BBFC's decision a form of censorship because the public would never get to decide for itself...