IGN Details Changes in M-Rated Manhunt 2

IGN Details Changes in M-Rated Manhunt 2

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IGN has published a hands-on preview of Rockstar's upcoming Manhunt 2, including details about changes the developer made in order to have its rating changed from Adults Only to Mature.

While the game is still brutally violent and bloody, some cuts have been made. The infamous scene in which the game's protagonist ripped an enemy's testicles off with a pair of pliers has been completely removed, according to IGN's Matt Casamassina, but he said the most disappointing changes took place in the game's depiction of the major death strikes. "When Danny sneaks up on an enemy, gamers will be given the option to pick from three different murder animations," he wrote. "In the AO-rated build of Manhunt 2, we could clearly see these over-the-top and horrific animations."

"In the M-rated version," he continued, "Rockstar has added both an extreme blur effect and in most cases darkened the graphics so that it is nearly impossible to make any sense of what is going on. Players will be able to see character movement, blood splatters, and sometimes they may catch a glimpse of an identifiable action (for example, Danny hammering nails into the legs of a chair-bound opponent), but mostly it's guesswork - a garbled, motiony mess that's far less satisfying." He called the changes "doubly unfortunate" because the gameplay payoff has been seriously compromised while everything else in the game remains unchanged.

According to Casamassina, the reactions of IGN office onlookers to the M-rated version were considerably more subdued than they were during a preview of the original AO version. In spite of that, the game is still fun and heavily atmospheric, he wrote, calling it "one of the grossest and most disturbing titles we've ever seen." The full text of the IGN preview is available here.

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So Rockstar gave an exclusive Wii copy of Manhunt 2 solely to IGN in order to openly compare to IGN's earlier previews of the game (and no doubt an in-house copy of the PS2 warez copy which of course IGN doesn't disclose, because they're worried about getting sued or whatever).

What a good deal for IGN!

I'm still holding out hope for a PC release of the AO version of Manhunt 2.

krysalist:
So Rockstar gave an exclusive Wii copy of Manhunt 2 solely to IGN in order to openly compare to IGN's earlier previews of the game (and no doubt an in-house copy of the PS2 warez copy which of course IGN doesn't disclose, because they're worried about getting sued or whatever).

Preview copies of the uncensored version were circulated to the press by rockstar in the weeks leading up to the unexpected British ban and American AO rating. There was even a full review of the uncut version published. They probably did the comparison using one of those old previews (where do you think the "warez" version most likely came from?)

Bonaparte, I'm not certain but I believe those were not full versions of the game, but builds containing one or two levels.

I can't find the full review that you linked to, though I've heard about it.

For those curious, there are some user-created movies of the leaked AO version of the game circulating. Because of the pretty severe level of violence in them, I'm not going to embed the video, but here's a link to one.

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/105018.html

Note that these are pretty disturbing. I do not recommend that anyone view them at all, but if you want to see what the AO rating was for, this makes it pretty obvious.

 

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