Manhunt 2 tweaked to beat US sales ban
Ultra-violent videogame Manhunt 2 has beaten the ban and will hit store shelves in the US at Halloween, publisher Take-Two Interactive has said.
Take-Two said that the game has been altered to achieve a lower age-rating than it was previously granted in the States. The US Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has now granted the game a Mature rating, marking it as suitable for players aged 17 or more.
In June, the ESRB awarded Manhunt 2 an Adults Only rating, signalling it to be suitable only for folk aged 18 or over. The US rating system is merely a guide - there's no legal weight behind it - but many major chains refuse to sell AO-rated titles, and the games console makers forbid games with that classification being branded as compatible with their systems.
The original rating effectively blocked Take-Two's plan to release Manhunt 2 in the US on 10 July for both the Nintendo Wii, and Sony's PS2 and PSP consoles.
Earlier in June, the UK's game rating body banned Manhunt 2 by refusing to award it a rating. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) certification is backed by legislation: it is illegal to sell an uncertified game here, or to sell a certified title to a buyer who's too young.
Take-Two did not say whether it has re-submitted Manhunt 2 to the BBFC.
Re: The mind boggles...
Wasn't the land of the free in the front of the queue in giving it an AO rating, which is as good as a ban?
Has everyone everywhere been able to play it apart from us Brits?
I hear this time round Darth and Obi Wan are fighting with plastic butter knives...
originals please, for those of us old enough to have common sense
So when can we download the originals :)
play.com still have it listed as a uk release on the 28th Sept
amazon haven't got the game listed at all as far as i could see
In other news....
There's a Wii controller enabled version of manhunt...!