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: A lot has been made about Manhunt 2's supposedly ultraviolent content. Like its predecessor, it depicts its share of grisly murders, gruesome decapitations, and a few swift kicks to the genitals for good measure. It's visually less grisly than the original Manhunt: The much-ballyhooed blurring added to the most extreme acts often makes it difficult to see exactly what bloodthirsty rages you're subjecting your victims to--particularly in the Wii version.
Pros: Compelling stealth mechanics that require real skill, Execution moves serve as a grisly reward for a job well done, Gritty visual design sets just the right tone of anxiety and dread
Cons: In most of the executions, you can't really see what's going on, Loose gunplay isn't as tight or as satisfying as the sneaking, The story isn't very scary or foreboding
Excerpt: When Manhunt 2 was due for release last year, I remember hearing a lot of fuss from the press and censor groups over the game’s extremely violent premise and graphic depictions of death. As usual, I thought to myself whether the game (unknown to me at the time) actually deserved this kind of negative attention or if the whole uproar was just a ritualistic reaction.
Pros: Good voice acting and b/g music, Insanely eerie atmosphere, Immersive
Cons: Repetitive game-play, Filtered executions, Some slightly dodgy controls