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Manhunt 2 Banned in UK

So the incredibly visceral survival/action-horror/thriller-murder-fest that is Manhunt 2 for the Wii has been banned in the UK.

The BBFC has rejected the video game Manhunt 2. This means that it cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. The game was submitted in both a PS2 and a Nintendo Wii version. The decision was taken by the Director and the Presidential Team of Sir Quentin Thomas, Lord Taylor of Warwick and Janet Lewis-Jones.

David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:

“Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly. Where possible we try to consider cuts or, in the case of games, modifications which remove the material which contravenes the Board’s published Guidelines. In 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. There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game.

“Although the difference should not be exaggerated the fact of the game’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. That work was classified ‘18’ in 2003, before the BBFC’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.”

“Against this background, the Board’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.”
Under the terms of the Video Recordings Act distributors have the right to appeal the Board’s decision.

~ GamesPress

Wowzers, eh? Guess this game really must be pretty violent for mindless reasons if Europe banned it, huh?


The ESRB has issued an initial rating of AO (Adults Only) for Manhunt 2.

We believe the process of rating videogames is to help people make informed entertainment choices and not to limit them.

Manhunt 2 was created for mature audiences and we strongly believe it should receive an M (Mature) rating, aligning it with similar content created in other forms of media. We are exploring our options with regard to the rating of Manhunt 2.

~ TakeTwo

So, basically, the game has been effectively removed from retail in the US, since most stores don’t carry Adult Only rated games.

Many gamers, especially those in Europe, are already firing complaints, claiming that they should decide what they can and cannot play and that the government(ish) shouldn’t be deciding that for them. So why is the game banned?

My personal view? If developers want to make pure violence games, go for it. I just (probably) won’t play it, and many people won’t be able to due to its rating. I think banning the game is a bit much, personally. People who are old enough to buy the game are entitled to it, and people young enough shouldn’t be getting their hands on it because their parents need to pay attention.

I think it’s the parent’s job, not the government’s, to enforce such restrictions. If the government starts trying to babysit, then they’re taking away the parenting roles and, in a way, insulting their intelligence, I think. Either way, this game really does look totally gross (meaning the sadistic side of me would probably enjoy it to some extent, as I tend to love gore and violence in fantasy settings just for fun–don’t look at me, because I don’t know why).

The war between developers, customers, and the government wages on…


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