Summary: In Manhunt 2 an experiment at a secret research facility has gone catastrophically wrong. Daniel Lamb and Leo Kasper are the only surviving subjects. The Pickman Project will stop at nothing to hunt them down and stop the truth from getting out.
Excerpt: Nothing like a little controversy to spur sales, eh? Manhunt 2 ranked in the Top 10 for sales in its first week across several platforms, which might surprise people that have written it off as an ultraviolent simulation of societal ills. In fact, it is a simulation of something much worse, putting the player in the head of a deranged killer released from an experimental facility and looking for answers at any price.
Excerpt: This game has been rated M for Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, and Use of Drugs by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Daniel Lamb and a friend named Leo are both prisoners at an asylum where the staff makes sport of abusing the inmates. One night turns violent when a thunderstorm causes all of the electronic gates to malfunction and open, setting the infuriated prisoners free.
The grit and gore will draw you in, but Manhunt 2's psychological thriller narrative and creepy levels will keep you playing till the last skull has been crushed.
Cheat Code Central
19 May 2008
Conclusion: Enter this title with an open mind, like you would any other game not saddled with this type of media attention, and you could have a similar experience. The gameplay isn't perfect and the gore might be a bit much for sensitive-stomached gamers, but the story, bite-sized chapters perfect for portable play, and the overall presentation makes this one of the year's best PSP offerings.
Excerpt: If you are reading this, it is almost a certainty that you've heard about Rockstar's Manhunt 2. The game was originally slated for a mid-summer release, but due to the most disturbing and violent content ever seen in a video game, the game was rated "Adults Only" by the ESRB. Rockstar took the game and toned down the brutality a bit to achieve a "Mature" rating, which effectively allowed the game to be released rather than banned.
Excerpt: Sick... twisted... capable of turning otherwise normal children into homicidal maniacs. Between attacks from headline-hungry journalists, overzealous parental groups and the usual ambulance chasers, we've heard nearly every charge in the book levied at Manhunt 2. However, the grim reality is simply this: It's just a decent action-adventure with an especially grisly hook, and one you'll probably tire of long before any killer instincts implant themselves within your...
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Conclusion: Controversy aside, Manhunt 2 doesn't deliver gameplay entertaining enough to justify its sophomoric sense of humour. A lack of technical polish and censored elements prevent it from being anything more than a fleeting talking point