Manhunt 2

Key events

Gamers' Voice slams Keith Vaz

Attacks "amateurish" early day motion.

UK gamer rights group Gamers' Voice has attacked notorious anti-video game MP Keith Vaz for tabling an "amateurish" early day motion.

Vaz: "Iíve never been against games"

Controversial MP speaks to Eurogamer.

He was the guest that no-one expected to see Ė and yet Keith Vaz MP, Parliament's most hostile critic of the industry, turned out last night at an event in support of gaming, claiming: "I've never been against games".


In search of Germany's virtual scapegoats.

An October Saturday and Stuttgart is pale with the cold. Outside the State Opera House, the city's grand attraction, a skip sits awkward and incongruous to its surroundings. The sides are spray-painted with graffiti, a hip hop-cum-youth club pastiche probably commissioned to soften the otherwise stark utilitarian appearance of this giant iron dustbin. While the murals may obscure the rust, they do not obscure the function, which remains as it ever was: a receptacle for unwanted rubbish. Except, rather than industrial waste or the assorted debris of home movers, this skip has been put here to collect videogames: "Killerspiele", the name given to violent games by Germany's tabloid press.

Manhunt 2 finally gets release date

Manhunt 2 finally gets release date

It's out sooner than you might think.

Rockstar has finally announced a release date for Manhunt 2 after months (in fact years, come to think of it) of waiting.

The game will be out on Friday October 31st, according to IGN. It'll be available for Wii, PS2 and PSP.

Manhunt 2 has already been out in the US for a whole year, but the UK release was delayed after the British Board of Film Classification refused to give it an age certificate.

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BBFC applies for judicial review

BBFC applies for judicial review

Contests Manhunt VAC ruling.

The British Board of Film Classification has applied for a judicial review regarding the successful appeal made by Rockstar Games against the Manhunt 2 ban, reports.

The Video Appeals Committee had previously overturned the BBFC's rejection of Manhunt 2, but now the Board is seeking to overturn that decision, as well as a suspension of the Committee's decision to grant the game a classification.

According to a statement released by the BBFC, the Board believes that if its original decision isn't allowed to stand there could be significant consequences on future classifications.

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Tiga, psychologist defend R*

BBFC told off for Daily Maily acts.

Tiga president Fred Hasson and psychologist Guy Cumberbatch were today called to speak in defence of Rockstar at the appeal against the BBFC's decision to refuse certification for Manhunt 2.

Rockstar rails against BBFC

Manhunt 2 appeal hearing begins.

Rockstar today launched its appeal against the BBFC's decision to refuse Manhunt 2 certification, accusing the board of putting its reputation above the interests of gamers.

ESRB on Manhunt PSP rating

Not a Hot Coffee repeat.

Following reports that hackers were able to reinstate violence censored from the PSP version of Manhunt 2, the ESRB issued a statement defending its "M" rating, reports.

Manhunt manual ignores Vienna

Producer cross at lack of credit.

Former Rockstar Vienna producer Jurie Horneman has spoken of his "outrage" that over 50 staff who worked on Manhunt 2 have not been acknowledged in the game credits, reports.

Manhunt violence reinstated

Hot Coffee all over again?

Hackers have already tampered with the code of Rockstar's Manhunt 2 to reinstate the violent scenes and images thought to have been removed from the game,

Itagaki doesn't feel censored

Backs classification systems.

Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki says that he doesn't feel "censored" by ratings boards, and believes that the difficult work undertaken by organisations like the ESRB and PEGI to classify what people find offensive, or too violent, is very positive for videogames as a whole.

BBFC: Who are they rating for?

Comparing the BBFC's attitude to film and games.

"Grisly gang film to be screened uncut - Britain's film censors are facing controversy over their decision to allow one of the most violent movies of recent years to be screened without any cuts." So ran an article in the Sunday Times last weekend that caught the eye between televised bursts of English sporting misery.

Manhunt 2

Don't ban this 'Sick Filth'?

Last week's routine trawl of the DVD trade-in dug up a £2.50 copy of Rob Zombie's horror film debut House Of 1000 Corpses. Like its demented follow-up The Devil's Rejects, it was a crass lesson in subversive terror, spooning out the splatter in big, thick globs. Limb amputation, bloody scalping and wide-awake brain surgery, all orchestrated on whiter-than-white victims by deranged, dribbling killers, whose mockery of classic genre convention saw them not only kick shit in such hideous fashion, but get away with the whole damn thing too. Another day in the age of the sado-horror flick.

Rockstar "proud" of Manhunt 2

Says thanks to fans.

In a message of thanks issued to its supporters, Rockstar has defended controversial title Manhunt 2 and argued that games should be judged in the same way as other forms of media, reports.

Take-Two shelves Manhunt 2

[Surely "kills"? - Ed]

Following bans on the sale of the game in the UK and Ireland, as well as a preliminary Adults Only rating in the US, Take-Two Interactive has temporarily shelved Manhunt 2, reports.

US platform holders refuse Manhunt sequel

US platform holders refuse Manhunt sequel

Won't allow AO-rated game.

Sony and Nintendo have confirmed that Manhunt 2 will not be appearing on consoles in the US following the ESRB's decision to give the game an Adults Only rating.

As reported by GameSpot, both platform holders have corporate policies which forbid the release of AO-rated games for their systems.

A Sony spokesperson has since confirmed to that Take-Two will not be allowed to publish Manhunt 2 for PSP or PS2.

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Rockstar upset by Manhunt ban

They "emphatically disagree".

Rockstar Games has stated its disappointment at the BBFC's recent decision to refuse Manhunt 2 a rating in the UK, effectively banning the game from sale, reports.

Manhunt 2 excuses in early

Rockstar leaps to own defence.

Rockstar has pre-empted the headline writers by pointing out that Manhunt 2 is clearly an adult game destined for an 18+ rating from classification bodies.

Manhunt 2 trailer

Manhunt 2 trailer

Kill murder frenzy death!

As those of you with eyes sharp enough to cut shadowy throats may have spotted, Rockstar has released a little teaser trailer to go with last night's announcement of Manhunt 2.

The game's due out on PlayStation 2, PSP and Nintendo Wii, a bit bizarrely, and as soon as this summer, but it doesn't look like it'll be gracing those other next generation consoles - even if they're usually quite fond of violence.

As for the trailer, it doesn't show us much of what the game will look like, but it does feature plenty of screaming and a man called Dan who reckons that tonight, we're all getting out.

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Rockstar is working on a follow-up to controversial 2003 stealth-action game Manhunt, where players were tasked with violently murdering gang members to help make underground snuff films.