Manhunt 2 Banned In UK

In a move that has not happened in the country since the 1997 release of Carmageddon, which wasn’t all that bad in hindsight, MCV are reporting that the BBFC has rejected Manhunt 2 and ruled that Rockstar cannot release the upcoming PS2 and Wii sequel to the original, which itself caused much controversy. This ruling effectively means the game cannot legally be supplied anywhere in the UK and unless something get sorted out very quickly, the game has no chance of hitting store shelves on July 13th. Rockstar, of course, has the right to appeal against the BBFC’s decision if they so wish. This shock move also leads us to believe the game will be also banned in Australia, as the original did not even get released there, and we have a hunch that Germany will probably say no as well! It is currently unknown if the PSP version of the game will also be affected by this ruling.

Rejecting a work is a very serious action and one which we do not take lightly,” BBFC director David Cooke stated. “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.