Excerpt: Controversial? Yes. Bloody? Yes. Atmospheric? Yes. Worth the money? Not so much. When Manhunt 2 was first announced, you could have pretty much worked out what was going to happen. The first title courted controversy by the bucketload, and even though this sequel is absolutely nothing to do with that original in terms of storyline, there was always going to be a backlash. So, the subsequent banning wasn’t a surprise.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is one of the most graphically violent and gory titles in video game history. In it you must kill people to complete the adventure; you perform dramatic "execution" moves by following on-screen instructions; and on the Wii version, you mimic the murderous actions using the motion-sensing remote. There are many instances of swearing: the first two words in the game are "Holy f--k!
Excerpt: I wish I could talk about Manhunt 2 without addressing the endless debacle over its censorship. The press coverage of the game's AO rating, its near-cancellation, and eventual bowdlerized release has been so overpowering that it drowned out any discussion of the game's actual merits and flaws.
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: Violence in video games is a touchy subject. Politicians of all stripes love to point to games like Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto as evidence of an industry that fails to restrain itself. Manhunt gave them even more ammunition in 2003. Now that Manhunt 2 has been released on PS2, PSP and Wii, having had played it extensively, I can say this is one of the most violent games ever. The added interaction with the Wii underscores the controversial content.
Excerpt: What an utterly hollow and empty enterprise Manhunt 2 is. After months of controversy, with various bans being issued by various countries and the ESRB threatening to put an Adults Only (AO) rating on the box, in the end all that political posturing turns out to be far more exciting and interesting than the game itself. We played the original Manhunt from soup to nuts. It was impossible not to be shocked by the game's thrill-kill, sadistic gameplay.
Excerpt: Meet Daniel Lamb. He’s crazy. Insane. Not playing with a full deck. Loco en la cabeza . But hey, can you blame him? He’s been locked up in a corrupt mental institution for God knows how long. Between all the beatings, shocks, and serums, how could anyone not go nuts? However, such things are the least of Danny’s worries; he’s suffering from amnesia as well. It’s not all bad, though. Thanks to a breach in security, he and his pal Leo have escaped.
Excerpt: was a unique movie at the time it was released. It told its story of existentialism Zen and taking down the corporate world that tells us how to think and act quite well, and ended with a twist that few saw coming.