Thursday, June 21st 2007

Manhunt 2 needs a platform

So, you may have heard the news about Manhunt 2. Getting a complete ban, subject to appeal, by the BBFC in the UK, followed swiftly by a AO rating from the ESRB in America - which effectively places great restrictions on where the game can retail although the ESRB is a voluntary system.

Recently contacted by gaming bloggers at Kotaku, both Nintendo of America and Sony Computer Entertainment of America have now confirmed that they will not be allowing titles with an Adults Only rating onto their respective platforms, the Wii and PlayStation 2 and PSP.

With no PC version of the game currently planned, the game is essentially homeless and Rockstar is left with the options of either abandoning the game completely, re-developing it with a less violent theme, or hope to God that an ESRB appeal will lead to a different outcome (not likely).Source: Bit-tech
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30 Comments on Manhunt 2 needs a platform

#1
cjoyce1980
OMG!!! a game isn't going to make people thing its ok to kill people, if you think it is ok to kill you are already beyond help!

stupid censors! :banghead:

I was actual looking forward to playing this on my wii after all the positive reviews
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
They didnt mention the PS3 or the Xbox 360, so its still possible to be used. I dont know why folks cant let others make up their minds about video games. I know parents are smart enough to pick out games appropriate for their kids' ages. Hell, I know alot of young kids love pokemon, but they know they arent real!.
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#3
Wile E
Power User
I don't care about the AO rating, but I think it's dumb for console manufacturers to ban them from their, umm, well, consoles. lol.

I say there's another option for Rockstar. They should just go rogue, and release titles for what they want, when they want. lol
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#4
mdm-adph
by: WarEagleAU
I know parents are smart enough to pick out games appropriate for their kids' ages.
*BUZZER NOISE* Wrong! :laugh: Most parents know bugger-all about what video games their children are playing -- games are just something to keep children out of parents' hair.

The wording of this article puzzles me, though -- what does the writer mean about the Playstation 2 being Sony's "respective platform?" Is this just a typo or a nod from Sony that it might be seen on the PS3?
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#5
Alcpone
Is the ESRB the BBFC for USA? If so could i still not be released in any other country other than US and UK? Then we will still beable to get it :)
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#6
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
I remember a time when there was no ESRB.

They should just release it on PC, and make it even worse than it is now.
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#7
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

ADULTS ONLY
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
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#8
demonbrawn
Originally posted by WarEagleAU: I know parents are smart enough to pick out games appropriate for their kids' ages.
Trust me, there are a lot of dumb/ignorant/careless parents out there when it comes to that.
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#10
bruins004
I can see why the Wii might not want this game since they are marketing it as a family console for everyone.

However, I would imagine that Sony would want any game that would sell since they are losing on the PS3.

Hmm XBOX360 would def. be good to make this game for as well since they have a nice spot in the market.
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#11
newbielives
As rap musics makes wannabe gangstas out of some, this game will probably be taken to the next level by a small group of idiots.

In other words I'm okay with the ban
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#12
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Well lets put it this way, most PArents I know, especially mine, knew what games they were buying. I know when I didnt have a job and was younger, my parents bought my games. There were some I didnt get. OF course, when I have kids, it will be the same way with me.
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#13
ChaoticBlankness
by: DaMulta
I remember a time when there was no ESRB.

They should just release it on PC, and make it even worse than it is now.
You my friend, are a genius. :rockout:
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#14

I was 10 when Grand Theft Auto 3 was released, and i played that game almost constently, i am 16 now and have never thought about doing anything you do in Grand Theft Auto. Now IMHO, if a violent game, like manhunt makes you want to go out and kill somone, the you are messed up in the head, and just need an excuse for your actions, and the perfect excuse is a video game. Also, your parents should see the game you are playing, if your parents do not agree with the game you are playing, then they can take it back to the shop were it was bought from and get you Pokemon or somthing instead.
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#15
x2mA mPn
by: zekrahminator
They're forgetting Xbox360 :p.
nope sorry! but its already been said by the ESRB that XBOX or X360 does not support AO games on there platform
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#16

Is an "AO" game an 18+ game (thats what we have here in UK).
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#17
theonetruewill
Damn, I was looking forward to whacking people with a Wii controller:p
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#18
AT-2500
Is the ESRB the BBFC for USA? If so could i still not be released in any other country other than US and UK? Then we will still beable to get it
bad news: ^^
Germany is (of course :( ) out.
let me see, ireland, new zealand, australia are out to. sell-restrictions.

maybe you should learn french


edit: did you know that manhunt 1 inspired an 14-year old boy in the UK to kill a 17-year old? february 2004...
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#19
Alcpone
If they are going to ban this game then where will it end? I hope it gets leaked onto the net that would stick to fingers up to the censor arseholes :laugh:
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#20
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: Alcpone
If they are going to ban this game then where will it end? I hope it gets leaked onto the net that would stick to fingers up to the censor arseholes :laugh:
I agree, I hope someone does a "Thrill Kill" on this one :D
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#21
Steevo
by: AT-2500
bad news: ^^
Germany is (of course :( ) out.
let me see, ireland, new zealand, australia are out to. sell-restrictions.

maybe you should learn french


edit: did you know that manhunt 1 inspired an 14-year old boy in the UK to kill a 17-year old? february 2004...
Did you know that smoking pot, proven to make people relax and feel calm, causes people to go crazy, it is proven when all the other facts are ignored.


Again, we have been over this argument, and blaming a game for making you do something is like blaming mcdonalds for making you fat.
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#22
stordoff
did you know that manhunt 1 inspired an 14-year old boy in the UK to kill a 17-year old? february 2004...
False, See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/3538066.stm
Generally well received by critics, the game created a media frenzy on release, was banned in several countries and was blamed by media as a cause in a UK murder investigation, though police stated it was the victim who owned a copy of the game, not the murderer, and was not connected in any way
(From Wikipedia)
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#23
AT-2500
ok, i am corrected.
i thought my source would be relieable -.-
:twitch:
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#24

I'm glad it's been banned in the UK - companys shouldn't be allowed to make shite games full of pointless gore and have that the main selling point... Rockstar have gone astray, they seem keen to keep their "bad-boy" reputation well remembered.
#25
erocker
You are a moron, it's ADULTS ONLY! Why in the fuck can't we ADULTS make our own choices?! I'm not getting any further into that, anyways we will be seeing this on the PC, possibly Xbox.
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