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The BBFC - who are usually very reasonable - have rejected it's release.
British Classification body rules Rockstar cannot release upcoming PS2 and Wii sequel in the UK
With Take 2 already in turmoil following the recent company-wide restructuring, the group has been dealt another blow with the news that Rockstarâ€™s upcoming sequel Manhunt 2 has been rejected by the BBFC, meaning it cannot legally be supplied anywhere in the UK.
The only other game to ever be rejected by the body was Carmageddon in 1997, though that decision was overturned by the Video Appeals Committee.
â€œRejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly,â€ BBFC director David Cooke stated. â€œWhere possible we try to consider cuts or, in the case of games, modifications which remove the material which contravenes the Boardâ€™s published Guidelines.
â€œIn the case of Manhunt 2 this has not been possible. Manhunt 2 is 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.
â€œThere is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game.
â€œAlthough the difference should not be exaggerated the fact of the gameâ€™s unrelenting focus on stalking and brutal slaying and the sheer lack of alternative pleasures on offer to the gamer, together with the different overall narrative context, contribute towards differentiating this submission from the original Manhunt game.
â€œThat work was classified â€˜18â€™ in 2003, before the BBFCâ€™s recent games research had been undertaken, but was already at the very top end of what the Board judged to be acceptable at that category.
â€œAgainst this background, the Boardâ€™s carefully considered view is that to issue a certificate to Manhunt 2, on either platform, would involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks, to both adults and minors, within the terms of the Video Recordings Act, and accordingly that its availability, even if statutorily confined to adults, would be unacceptable to the public.â€
The BBFC are very good and... I actually trust their decision. While I'm sure that many of us can play it just fine, it probably IS too violent for general release. The original Manhunt was, in my opinion, violent for the sake of it and not in a way I found particularly compelling. But whatever. News.