Banned videogame Manhunt 2 looks like it’s finally going to see a UK release, more than a year after it was released in the USA, on October 31st. A successful appeal to the BBFC, and many modifications to the game, have finally gained it an 18 rating, meaning that it can be released.
The game is chock-full of gore, but most of the complaints made by the BBFC centred around the Wii version, which prompted players to swing the Wiimote to behead someone, or make a stabbing action to plunge a knife into an enemy’s back. The BBFC complained that the violence in the game had little motive or context, and was purely for the sake of it.
Of course, critics didn’t think it was that great either. Many blasted it for not improving significantly on the original, and Metacritic’s currently showing it scoring an average of 64%. Most reviews commented that it still makes you feel icky, but the storyline and AI are considerably weaker.
Manhunt 2 will be available on October 31st on the Wii, the PS2 and PSP.