AO-Rated Version of Manhunt 2 Coming to Direct2Drive

AO-Rated Version of Manhunt 2 Coming to Direct2Drive

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The most violent, bloody, and gross version of Manhunt 2 ever will be available on the PC within a week.

Manhunt 2 has already been released for the Wii, PSP, and PlayStation 2, but not in the way intended by its developer. Originally given an AO (Adults Only) rating by the ESRB, the game had to be toned down to receive an M (Mature) rating so that it could actually reach retail shelves. Retail will generally not touch an AO rated product, most likely to avoid the associated controversy that could come from any number of directions. If you were going to buy Manhunt 2, but just couldn't stomach purchasing a censored product, the full-on Adults Only PC version will be coming to Direct2Drive on November 6, 2009.

It was hinted at back in August that an AO Manhunt 2 would release on the PC somehow, somewhere, and Direct2Drive appears to be the distributor willing to take the chance on it. There are actually a few other AO-rated games already available on Direct2Drive, so this isn't a first for the the service. It certainly is easier to release AO games through digital download services, because these tend to get little to no attention from politicians and the like.

Manhunt 2 follows the story of Dr. Daniel Lamb as he kills the crap out of lots of people in an insane asylum. I can't really see the AO-rated version of the game being a huge seller, because most gamers tend to care about really good games rather than graphic violence. The game received mixed reviews when first released, possibly due in part to its graphic nature that may not have sat well with some reviewers. I would personally prefer that it actually be somewhat censored, rather than to give me gruesome nightmares, but I can barely watch a horror movie so I am not the game's intended audience. One positive of Manhunt 2 going up as a digital download is that it will probably go on sale for really cheap sometime soon. Currently priced at $29.95, the AO version of Manhunt 2 can be purchased here.

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TAKE THAT CENSORSHIP!!!

I won't be picking it up, but I have to admire their spirit for releasing the game they wanted to release. Uncut and all.

Nobody ever talks about the gameplay of titles like this... Is it any good?

Nimbus:
Nobody ever talks about the gameplay of titles like this... Is it any good?

its quite difficult and a little spooky but it controls very well and is very story driven instead of just being a mass murder a thon.

Gore that is so over the top it requires a XXX rating? Why? It's like this is being done just to flip the bird at game-violence haters. And there's really no legitimate reason for that. I am sincerely hoping D2D has a good verification system in place. Though nothing's perfect, and this could backfire on D2D and the publisher of Manhunt 2. We shall see.

I remember how disappointed I was when I picked this up for the Wii and saw how saturated the game was in censorship.

Honestly if you are going to release a game of this type AND you are going to end up censoring it... don't bother releasing it. It really does ruin the game. Or at the very least take out (don't censor) some of the content to drop the rating down. The use of blur filters and whatnot really were lame.

Personally I won't bother picking up the PC version even if it is AO.

Hmmm, well I have added this to favorites. I don't like supporting D2D services any more than absolutly nessicary, however I also agree with them finally releasing this game uncensored... If this was an indie title it would be a lot easier for me to decide <raps fingers>

Well it's still only pre-order so I'll decide when it's released.

As far as the gameplay on Manhunt 2, I can't say. I thought the first one played pretty well, but the second one I never even looked at because they censored it and I avoid giving any money to companies that censor their products.

Also I'll be honest in saying I *AM* both a horror fan and a pervert, games do not need to include sex and violence to be good by any means, but shying away from them intentionally or censorting them is wrong. If your doing a horror game, for horror fans, I expect it to be over the top, and Manhunt is pretty much a horror title.

Unfortunately that isn't going to make the game any good.

Maybe next they'll release a gta game with an E rating.
Oh yea, gta4.

samsonguy920:
Gore that is so over the top it requires a XXX rating? Why?

I second this. I've seen some gory stuff in games like Resident Evil, what could they possibly have in Manhunt to make it so over the top it needs this rating, and is it anything more than a gimmick really? Is there really that large of a core gamer group out there that needs that amount of gore to justify the experience?

Nimbus:
Nobody ever talks about the gameplay of titles like this... Is it any good?

methinks if you played the M rated one, you wont be missing much gameplay wise.

as for actual gameplay its a lot like splintercell in a few ways, just a little less hardcore stealth system.

I might be picking it up... rented it on Wii and never got to finish it... :/

Meh. MH2 wasn't a patch on the first. I find it hard to believe that people still care this much so long after the fact.

I always thought these games were mediocre at best, so no chance of getting the PC version.

The game wasn't even very good. I admit the first 3 levels are awesome beacuse you actually feel "hunted". The rest of the game feels like you're infiltrating MGS style on a bunch of unsuspecting guards

This game got an AO for gore? Is it really that bad? I wouldn't of thought a game would be able to get an AO without nudity and sex. Or does it have those too?

will be interesting to see what the difference is..
I own both the first and second there already pretty gruesome on their own...

Who cares about gore in a game? Why does it attract people to it?

Jack Thompson salivates.

chronobreak:

samsonguy920:
Gore that is so over the top it requires a XXX rating? Why?

I second this. I've seen some gory stuff in games like Resident Evil, what could they possibly have in Manhunt to make it so over the top it needs this rating, and is it anything more than a gimmick really? Is there really that large of a core gamer group out there that needs that amount of gore to justify the experience?

The A rating is mostly for stuff involving sex/sexual stuff these days. One of the original A-rated sequences involving genital mutilation (chopping of a man's bits with a pair of garden shears.)

Hence the A rating.

Tom Goldman:
I can't really see the AO-rated version of the game being a huge seller, because most gamers tend to care about really good games rather than graphic violence.

nah...

tellmeimaninja:
Jack Thompson salivates.

He can salivate all he wants he's still disbarred. And correct me if I'm wrong if he tries to do anything he'll go to jail.

CD-R:

tellmeimaninja:
Jack Thompson salivates.

He can salivate all he wants he's still disbarred. And correct me if I'm wrong if he tries to do anything he'll go to jail.

You haven't heard yet, have you?

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/95009-Jack-Thompson-Threatens-a-Comeback

He's been back. Technically, he never left.

OT: I wasn't really interested in the first game, to be honest. There is such a thing as too much gore for me, and the Manhunt games would indeed be considered as having far too much gore for my tastes. You will most likely not see me getting this game.

I'm not gonna buy the game, but I saw uncensored footage of it. It was pretty intense, I could see why it was rated AO, but after a while I started getting use to it, and before long it was pretty freakin' awesome.

DarK Gun:
I'm not gonna buy the game, but I saw uncensored footage of it. It was pretty intense, I could see why it was rated AO, but after a while I started getting use to it, and before long it was pretty freakin' awesome.

In psychology they call the progression from "prety intense" to "awesome" desensitization, and it's why they try to rate these things in the first place. While you and I can rationally agree that there is a big difference between, say putting a plastic bag over someone's head to kill them in a videogame to putting a plastic bag over someone's head to kill them in real life, but according to the psychology wonks, doing it in a videogame prepares you to do it in real life.

Might be crap, might not. They only way we can tell is through tests and empirical observation, but it's just not legal to kill people for science, so it's difficult to get a control group going.

It was fun playing this uncensored on the PSP. I hope it is just as fun on the PC, gonna give it a try.

 

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