The censors decided yesterday that Manhunt 2, which tells the heart rending tale of an insane asylum escapee who kills enemies in gruesome ways, had no redeeming features and banned it.
While we are not big fans of censorship, it is not as if we are talking about bunch of retired army majors and nuns inflicting their will. This is the first time in 10 years that a computer game has managed to get itself banned in the UK and the first time in Ireland.
Yet Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick claimed that Manhunt 2 was "fine piece of art" bought a formerly unheard of cinematic quality to interactive entertainment.
He said that parents and consumers should be able to make their own choices once they are informed about a product. Unfortunately in the UK there is not a censorship category of "shite, nasty don't buy it" so the censors had to ban it.
Not only did Zelnick stand behind the game he said that the "Rockstar team has come up with a game that fits squarely within the horror genre and was intended to do so".
The game has received an adult's only rating in the US where violence is good but sex is bad. If the escapee dropped his pants it would have been banned we guess. Although to be fair, the "adults only" in the US is the kiss of death to a commercial game as many wholesome retailers will refuse to stock them on the grounds that the covers upset people when they go and buy their guns and ammunition. µ
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