Manhunt 2 denied classification in UK again

By on October 8, 2007, 12:55 PM
Back in June, the controversial Rockstar title Manhunt 2 was denied a rating in the UK and Ireland, while on the US the ESRB gave the game a rating of AO (Adults Only) – leaving the game with no console systems willing to host it. This forced the company back into development to tone down the title in order to resubmit it for a new rating. While the revised edition garnered an M rating in the United States, the British Board of Film Classification in the UK has once again denied to give the game a rating.

The BBFC acknowledges that some of the "execution kills" have been toned down, but maintains that the overall tone of the game has not been changed. David Cooke, Director of the BBFC said:

"The impact of the revisions on the bleakness and callousness of tone, or the essential nature of the gameplay, is clearly insufficient. There has been a reduction in the visual detail in some of the ‘execution kills’, but in others they retain their original visceral and casually sadistic nature."
Cooke said the BBFC had suggested changes to Rockstar that the company chose not to make. Rockstar is reportedly preparing to appeal the decision and said that the changes suggested by the BBFC to get the game approved "are unacceptable to us and represent a setback for video games."




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bushwhacker said:
Oh please! Rockstar need to stop making such stup-id games.They need to learn how to make a good game, like EA Games and Ubisoft did.P.S. I have added the hyphen to stup id, due to their censorship. Thank you.
Eddie_42 said:
Thank you BBFC!! Its about time a gaming commission drew a line in the sand.
nz_skater said:
The fact this game got an "M" rating in the US is disturbing, but a testament to the mindset of the US censorship board. Now if this had a, dare I say it, naked girl, lesbian relationship or some other sexual content it would have been frowned upon. But hey, extreme violence is much less offensive than naked people and relationships...
Julio said:
I believe the problem with these games are not the games themselves but the poor protection to children on the stores that sell the games. Just like in movies, you have all kinds of genres and ultimately is the consumer who decides what he likes and finds suitable, but because that is a more established industry with better defined channels of distribution that is not as much of a problem.
rgreen said:
This is stupid, I'm an adult and I want adult content in games. Video games are not just for children and it's about time everyone realizes that. Walmart sells R rated movies right? Well why is it a big deal to sell an AO rated game? I say release the first copy of the game, why should I get a watered down copy?
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