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"M" rated Manhunt 2 previewed

"M" rated Manhunt 2 previewed

Manhunt 2 is coming...albeit in a slightly edited form.

Manhunt 2 has been hounded by the press ever since it was announced. "Too much gore! Too much violence!" has been the common decrees from everyone that has tried to prevent the game from being released. Rockstar almost won too, with the game getting an "AO" rating from the ESRB which meant that even if any of the consoles agreed to releasing the game, there wouldn't be many stores that would actually stock it.

Many of us thought that would be the end of the game or, if it managed to come out, it would be a dramatically stripped down version of its former gory self. Well, it is still coming and this time with an "M" rating - in order to get this new rating, Rockstar had to cut out some of the content.

Just what did they cut out? Well, IGN had the chance to preview both versions of the game and you'll be happy to know that this isn't going to be some watered down version of the original "AO" title.

In fact, not a whole lot has changed in the game; blood splattering, decapitations, and stabbings are all present and correct. You'll still be able to use the environments to kill your enemies in a variety of ways such as using a manhole cover to decapitate a hunter or bludgeon them to death with an enormous variety of blunt objects.

What has changed, however, has been the death strikes. Much like the fatalities in Mortal Kombat, you'll be able to go through a sequence of button presses or motions in order to murder your opponent in a variety of gruesome fashions. In the original, "AO" version of the game, these scenes were as clear as everything else.

Now Rockstar has used a combination of heavy blur effects and darkening the graphics in order to make it nearly indistinguishable. You'll be able to see the basic motions of the murder but IGN states that you'll have a hard time making out just what is happening.

While it may be disappointing to some that the scenes have been edited to the point of not being able to see them, at least the game is shipping without tonnes of content being removed. Planning on picking up a copy of the game when it's released this Halloween? Does the slight editing effect your decision to pick it up? Discuss it with us over in the forums.

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cjoyce1980 13th September 2007, 08:42 Quote
about time too! hope there is a cheat to get it back to its original from.... after all there must be a switch to turn these new dulling effects off.
mmorgue 13th September 2007, 08:43 Quote
Someone will have the Manhunt2 "Hot Death" mod out at some point....
BioSniper 13th September 2007, 08:46 Quote
The caption doesn't make sense.
Quote:
Manhunt 2 is coming...only slightly edited then what it originally was.
At the very least the word "then" should be replaced with "than".

Either that or my English skills are a lot worse than I think they are and I should be ignored :P
Kenny_McCormick 13th September 2007, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
hope there is a cheat to get it back to its original from.
I'm sure they implemented that cheat before doing the blur motion and darkening effects. They're Rockstar, they want us to see their original game like always.
Tim S 13th September 2007, 11:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BioSniper
The caption doesn't make sense.
Quote:
Manhunt 2 is coming...only slightly edited then what it originally was.
At the very least the word "then" should be replaced with "than".

Either that or my English skills are a lot worse than I think they are and I should be ignored :P

Thanks, I missed that one :p
Zombie 13th September 2007, 14:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kenny_McCormick
I'm sure they implemented that cheat before doing the blur motion and darkening effects. They're Rockstar, they want us to see their original game like always.

I was going to say:

"Not a chance after the trouble they got into over hot coffee. New submission rules mean you have to show everything on the disc, not just everything accessible through normal gameplay. Rockstar don't want to fund another recall for what is after all just a small game in their portfolio - they've spent enough on it as is they'll want to get it out and forget about it."

but now i think about it, if they are just engine effects it'd be quite easy to change values for light levels and motion blur. maybe there will be a simpleish work around.
chrisb2e9 13th September 2007, 14:27 Quote
it sounds fine to me, I dont think that it will effect the gameplay. Personally I never got the hack to open up the sex scene in GTA. I didn't see a point. I do have a girlfriend after all.
yakyb 13th September 2007, 15:47 Quote
i played manhunt one for a while but got bored of the repetition i wont be touching this as hellgate is out around halloween
DXR_13KE 13th September 2007, 16:34 Quote
i think with those effects the deaths become more violent in my head.... and i almost bet that they will launch some uncut version in the future to certain countries....
dire_wolf 13th September 2007, 19:48 Quote
Lol I give it 3 days tops for someone to release a crack to disable the blur. I should imagine it's only an engine effect so a simple value switcheroo should show you the combo in it's full bloody glory.
docodine 14th September 2007, 06:51 Quote
Well, as was just said, I'm pretty sure Rockstar will be making sure that the game stays rated M this time, even though I would prefer the game in its full bloody goodness. :P

But still, three days tops.
wolff000 14th September 2007, 20:13 Quote
I sure hope someone hacks it. I want see all the gore. In the words of Metallica, "Give me fuel! Give me fire! Give me that which I desire." In this case what I desire is to play the game the way it was intended. I don't need some government official to tell me something is too violent to watch. I say haul all the complainers and politicians in to the streets and be head the lot of them. Bloody censors!
Daniel114 14th September 2007, 20:19 Quote
I thought the original beef was the whole premise of Manhunt 2 that had given it the problems with the rating? Fairly certain either the certification board or Rockstar themsleves said they wouln't be able to make an 'M' rated game without actually ripping the very guts out of it.

Manhunt was always about the mood, this was what they had objected to, fairly certain the graphic death scenes just took a backseat to everything else... kinda lost all hope in this now, decapitating someone kinda looses the edge when they cut it to the Benny Hill tune, talk about dumbing down...
Rebourne 15th September 2007, 23:13 Quote
I didn't want it in the first place but censorship really sucks.
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