Manhunt 2 "Suspended," Pushed out of July

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Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has "temporarily suspended" the release of its controversial game Manhunt 2 (PS2, Wii, PSP), which this week was Rated "Adults Only" by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The game will no longer ship July 10 as originally planned; a new release projection has not been given.

In a statement issued today, Take-Two expressed its confidence in the game, which but did not give any indication as to its planned course of action. "We continue to stand behind this extraordinary game," reads the statement. "We believe in freedom of creative expression, as well as responsible marketing, both of which are essential to our business of making great entertainment."

The rating refusal on the part of the BBFC effectively bans Manhunt 2 from sale entirely in the UK. The ESRB's AO rating does not legally preclude the game from being sold, but serves as de facto retail death, with console companies Sony and Nintendo forbidding AO-rated games on their systems and major retailers refusing to sell AO-rated products.

Take-Two is expected to appeal the ESRB's decision or resubmit a modified version of the game for reclassification.

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    June 21, 2007 10:28 PM

    I'm becoming more and more depressed by the state of the world. I can see the reason for the bans are to "protect the children" but that is the responsibility of the parents. Don't penalize the rest of us by cutting back on content..

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      June 21, 2007 10:43 PM

      Fact: Manhunt and Manhunt 2 are examples of games that should not be, they are just grotesque violence for violence's sake, plus they have shitty design, graphics and just plain suck balls.

      Less games like manhunt please.

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        June 21, 2007 11:16 PM

        Ok, Mr. Thompson.

        The games are entertainment. They have a plot and are story driven. The hook is the violence, same as it is with movies like Saw (which are hugely successful). I'm also so glad you opted to judge a game using graphics as a criteria, given how it's purposely given a dark and gritty look. Oh, and it's only on the PS2 and Wii, two not very powerful machines. But you know how that is.

        Sorry, but your "fact" is fantasy and made largely of your opinion.

        More games like Manhunt. More games that push the limits, please.

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        June 22, 2007 12:20 AM

        How does it affect you if it does come out? What's so fucking hard about ignoring stuff in the media/entertainment business that doesn't appeal to you?

        By bringing up graphics and a generalized comment that it "suck balls" you're totally ignoring the concept of different people enjoying different things.

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        June 22, 2007 12:37 AM

        Violence for violence's sake therefore the AO rating, adults are still able to buy the game, it is just not suited for minors - whch is fine. Games can be much more immersive than movies and in the case of Manhunt this could be very disturbing for a minor, even with 33 years I personally find Manhunt a very sick game. Yeah I also think SAW is boring.

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      June 22, 2007 12:38 AM

      yeah, there's only one thing to say; :(

      I was really looking forward to this. loved the first game and this one seemed to have a more interesting story. what am I going to do with my wii machine now? haha. they better get it out very soon, this is insane.

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      June 22, 2007 6:44 AM

      whats sad about the state of the world is that there are people like you who think that a game being censored/banned is what is sad about the world today...

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        June 22, 2007 6:59 AM

        Yeah, freedom to choose and freedom of speech are baaaaad. What am I thinking?!

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          June 22, 2007 10:13 AM

          The game was not banned, it was given a AO rating, thats it. It's like giving a movie a NC-17 rating. Will movie theaters play them, nope, but that is the theaters choice. Will Walmart sell it, nope but that is their choice. No where has it been said that the government has stepped in and infringed upon the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of choice or freedom of expression. This is a choice by the corporations, and they have the complete right to do that.

          I personally think that Rockstar should go ahead and tell take-two to publish the game as is, and try and find a way of distributing the game to retailers that are willing to sell the game, or do it online. I know this means it will probably be a PC only game as the console makers have already said that they won't allow it on their console.

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      June 22, 2007 6:46 AM

      yeah i'm just hoping nothing like this happens with GTA IV

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      June 22, 2007 7:08 AM

      The reality is that parents are working and not very informed when it comes to games. Unless they actually sit down and watch what their kids are playing, they think it is all Mario Bros. I have talked to 6 year-olds that play GTA Vice City and he tells me how cool it is to steal cars and shoot people. I know that he can play these games because he has an older brother. I don't want elementary school children using the Wiimote to mimic killing actions which will be depicted in gritty detail.

      The real issue is how to get this game into the hands of adult gamers while preventing minors from playing it. I don't have a good answer.

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        June 22, 2007 8:50 AM

        Parental controls, which, iirc are already in play on the new consoles. Parents just don't know about them.

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      June 22, 2007 11:13 AM

      As long as games like manhunt, that are trying to push the envelope are censored or outright denied we will never be able get our past time out of a perspective as childish hobby.

      I have never played the game but I don't really like watching the gore porn of something like hostel either. But I do respect people's right to see it if they want to.

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