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Manhunt 2
Manhunt 2 Wii Box Art FINAL.jpg
Developer(s) Rockstar North (overseeing development)
Rockstar London (PS2, PSP, PC)
Rockstar Leeds
Rockstar Toronto (Wii)
Rockstar Vienna (former developer)[1]
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Designer(s) Christian Cantamessa
Series Manhunt
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) NA October 29, 2007[2]
UK October 31, 2008[3]
NA November 6, 2009 (PC)
Genre(s) Action, Stealth, Psychological, Survival Horror
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) BBFC: Rejected[4]
BBFC: 18 (re-rating)[5]
ESRB: AO (uncut)
ESRB: M (cut)[6]
IFCO: Prohibited
Media DVD, UMD, Wii Optical Disc
Input methods Gamepad, Wii Remote and Nunchuk, Keyboard & Mouse

Manhunt 2 is an action/adventure video game developed by Rockstar Games and the sequel to 2003's Manhunt. The game was released in North America for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Wii on October 29, 2007.

Originally scheduled for release in July, it was suspended by Take-Two due to a rating rejection in the United Kingdom and Ireland and an AO rating in the United States.[7] Rockstar eventually submitted a modified version of the game, which was re-rated with an M by the ESRB and allowed for an October 29 release date in North America.[6][8][9]

Contents

Plot

Characters

Main Page: List of characters in Manhunt 2

Setting

The game takes place in Cottonmouth, a city of corruption. Gangs roam the city.

Story

The Pickman Project deals with a top secret weapon experiment and is led by Dr. Whyte. Everything looked to be going well until the project suddenly had its government funding cut due to its controversial work methods, which meant that ‘The Project’ would be shut down indefinitely. Dr. Pickman believed he was close to a break through and decided to do one last experiment, however he needed a subject in order to carry out his work. Daniel volunteered to becoming one of the many subjects for the experiments.

Six years later, Daniel finds himself locked away, with no memory of who he is or his past. Due to a defect in the treatment, unforeseen side effects began to appear in many of the subjects. It was decided to hide those with side effects in Dixmor's Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

Finding himself locked away in the asylum, Daniel begins to question his own sanity and if in fact his family and his life before being put into the asylum actually existed. Just at that moment of doubt an electrical storm knocks out the power in the asylum resulting in the security system shutting down and freeing the inmates from their cells.

Inmate Leo Kasper decides this would be a perfect time to escape the asylum and urges Daniel to follow his lead. They escape the asylum and go to Danny's old house where he finds a drug called Cortexa.

Afterwards, Daniel and Leo go on a killing rampage while Daniel slowly starts to begins to remember more of his past.

Development and censorship

Manhunt 2 entered development in 2004 at Rockstar Games' Vienna studio with a PSP port entering development shortly after at Rockstar Games' Leeds studio .[1] In 2006, Rockstar Vienna was closed by Rockstar and main development of the game was handed to London studio. A little while later, Rockstar Games' Toronto studio was tasked with developing a Nintendo Wii version.

On June 19, 2007, the game received an ESRB rating of Adults Only, effectively blocking the game from being sold in the US, with the UK ratings board BBFC preventing it from being sold. As a result, Rockstar was forced to censor the game in order to get a Mature rating. In August 2007, Rockstar submitted a censored version of the game to the ESRB and received a Mature rating allowing the game to be sold in the US. This modified version was again rejected by the BBFC;[10] Rockstar won its appeal against this rejection on December 10, 2007,[11] but the BBFC challenged that decision through the courts.[12]

On January 25, 2008, the BBFC won their case in the High Court that the game had been approved for release on a misinterpretation of the law. The VAC, however, approved the game for release a second time on March 14[13] and the game was released on October 31, 2008 in the United Kingdom[3], a year after the game was released in the US.

Five voice actors were confirmed to have recorded dialogue for the game. Even though two of them chose to remain anonymous, the third voice actor James Urbaniak publicly announced it on his blog on March 16, 2006, only to remove it days later. Of the other two voice actors said to have recorded dialogue for the game, one of them also recorded dialogue for the original Manhunt, like Urbaniak.[14]

Windows version

On October 31, 2009, Rockstar started taking pre-orders for a PC version of the game. The PC version was released on November 6, 2009.[15]

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 67%[16] (PS2)
69%[17] (PSP)
65% (Wii)
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com D+[18]
Game Informer 7.75/10[19] (Wii)
GamesMaster 88% (Wii)
GameSpot 7.5/10 (PS2)
7.5/10[20] (PSP)
7.0/10[21] (Wii)
IGN 7.5/10[22] (PS2)
7.5/10[23] (PSP)
7.7/10[24] (Wii)
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 80% (PS2)
Play Magazine 82% (PS2)
PSM3 83% (PS2)
X-Play 2/5[25] (Wii)

Manhunt 2 was met with mixed reviews. 1UP.com stated that "really, the game warrants a 4 [out of 10] because it's technically playable and, despite its best efforts, probably won't plunge the industry into a period of navel-gazing and political sanction. Everything else about it is largely forgettable."[26] Gamespot said the game's "not as shocking as you'd expect, but Manhunt 2 still satisfies your primal instincts." IGN declared that "Manhunt 2 isn't the tour de force title that will grab your attention and keep you there like the first one did." The review went on to state that "the AI doesn't feel as good as the first game, the setting and environments don't feel as menacing, and the story is definitely weaker. That isn't to say that Manhunt 2 isn't a good game, because it is." GamesRadar reviewed "if you're in the mood for something creepy and horrific that'll leave you feeling a little dirty, Manhunt 2's still-shocking murders and eerie, is-it-real-or-am-I-just-insane storyline won't disappoint."[27] Game Informer gave the Wii version of the game 7.75/10,[19] saying "Manhunt 2 is every bit as grim and brutal as the first... the writing, as is typical of Rockstar's games, is top-notch, and Daniel and the rest of the characters do come off the screen as very real and human. ... It's a testament to this quality that I was really driven to see the tale out to its end." Similarly, Nintendo Power gave the Wii version 7.5/10, stating that while the game does deliver for the most part, they were disappointed by the way external influences led Rockstar to change the game, and that the story, while interesting, is "highly predictable." They did praise the game's audio and uses of the Wii Remote. X-Play's unforgiving review simply stated that "the only thing you need to know is that this...game...BLOWS!"[25] Yahoo! reviewed the PSP version, saying "there's simply never been a game quite as squeamishly immersive as this... it's even more terrifying for seeming like the most real thing in a game this year."[28]

Controversy

Following Manhunt 2's announcement, former attorney Jack Thompson promised to file suit to block the sale of Manhunt 2 and Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV. Take-Two petitioned U.S. District Court, SD FL to block Thompson's pending lawsuit.[29] Thompson immediately filed a counter-suit, accusing Take-Two and various other prominent game media outlets of racketeering.[30] The dispute was later settled: Thompson agreed to not sue or threaten to sue to block sale or distribution of any game published by Take-Two. In turn, Take-Two agreed to drop a prior suit accusing Thompson of contempt-of-court in a previous suit over Take-Two's Bully.[31]

In a letter to Wendy's CEO Kerrii Anderson, Thompson demanded that the restaurant drop an upcoming promotion featuring children's toys designed after the Wii games Excite Truck, Wii Sports and Super Mario Galaxy because Manhunt 2 was scheduled for release on the console. An excerpt from Thompson's letter states: "Dave Thomas never would have tolerated the use of Wendy’s good name to promote Nintendo’s Wii, not with this game available on the Wii platform."[32] Particular controversy was repeatedly heaped upon the Wii version of the game due to the console's highly immersive nature, with certain gaming sites that had a hands-on preview of the game reporting that Manhunt 2 used the Wii Remote in an interactive manner; for instance, in order to stab someone in the game the player would have to flick the Wii Remote forward, in much the same fashion one would do when actually stabbing with a knife.[33][34]

Uncensoring

A method that removed the game's censoring code of the M rated PSP and PS2 version thus restoring parts of the AO state was released by a group of PSP crackers.[35] ESRB commented on this crack stating that it was not Rockstar's fault that this occurred and stuck with the M rating. Later, it was discovered the same method also works on the Wii version of the game.[36]

In September 2007, an uncensored PAL PS2 copy of the game was leaked onto the internet[37] by an employee of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, who was later fired.[38]

References

  1. ^ a b Development summary of Manhunt 2 at Projectmanhunt.com
    Intelligent Artifice, November 1, 2007: Rockstar Vienna's missing credits for Manhunt 2
  2. ^ Manhunt 2 Info - Manhunt 2 Information - Manhunt 2 Release Date
  3. ^ a b Wales, Matt (October 3, 2008). "Manhunt 2 Dated in UK". IGN. http://uk.ps2.ign.com/articles/915/915952p1.html. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  4. ^ Manhunt 2 Rejected by the BBFC
  5. ^ Manhunt 2 rated 18 by the BBFC
  6. ^ a b Manhunt 2 given M rating in US // GamesIndustry.biz
  7. ^ Take Two Shelves Manhunt 2
  8. ^ "IGN Manhunt 2 game info". wii.ign.com. 2007-10-30. http://wii.ign.com/objects/883/883115.html. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  9. ^ "GameFAQs Page". www.gamefaqs.com. 2007-10-31. http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/data/938207.html. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  10. ^ Martin, Matt (2007-10-08). "BBFC rejects latest Manhunt 2". gamesindustry.biz. http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=29347. Retrieved 2007-10-08. 
  11. ^ "Manhunt 2 title wins ban appeal". London: BBC. 2007-12-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7137212.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-10. "Developers Rockstar contested the ban at the Video Appeals Committee, which ruled in the firm's favor. The game could now go on sale, if the BBFC, which is "considering the judgment", takes no further action." 
  12. ^ "Manhunt 2 to face court challenge". London: BBC. 2007-12-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7156169.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-21. "A judge accepted the British Board of Film Classification's argument that the game had been approved for release on a misinterpretation of the law... The judge also suspended the VAC's decision that the game should be classified, halting any possibility of it going on sale until after the High Court challenge, due to take place before 31 January next year." 
  13. ^ Waters, Darren (2008-03-14). "Manhunt 2 wins battle for release". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7296278.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  14. ^ www.imdb.com "Manhunt 2"
  15. ^ Collins, Aj (2009-10-31). "Manhunt 2 PC confirmed by D2D, coming November 6th". RockstarWatch. http://www.rockstarwatch.net/news/848/Manhunt-2-PC-confirmed-by-D2D-coming-November-6th/. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  16. ^ Metacritic page for Manhunt 2 for PS2
  17. ^ Metacritic page for Manhunt 2 for PSP
  18. ^ 1UP.com Review of Manhunt 2
  19. ^ a b Game Informer Review of Manhunt 2 Wii
  20. ^ GameSpot Review of Manhunt 2 for PSP
  21. ^ GameSpot Review for Manhunt 2 for Wii
  22. ^ IGN Review of Manhunt 2 for PS2
  23. ^ IGN Review of Manhunt 2 for PSP
  24. ^ IGN Review of Manhunt 2 for Wii
  25. ^ a b X-Play Review for Manhunt 2 Wii
  26. ^ 1UP.com Review of Manhunt 2
  27. ^ GamesRadar Review for Manhunt PS2
  28. ^ Yahoo! Videogames Review for Manhunt 2 PSP
  29. ^ BREAKING: Take Two Sues Jack Thompson over Manhunt 2, GTA4, Gamepolitics.com, March 16th, 2007
  30. ^ GTA Publisher, Jack Thompson Settle Lawsuit, Gamepolitics.com, April 19th, 2007
  31. ^ Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. v. John B. Thompson
  32. ^ Thompson Demands Wendy's Cut Wii Promotion, Shacknews.com, May 8, 2007
  33. ^ IGN reporting on Manhunt 2's Wii version
  34. ^ Gamespot goes hands-on with Manhunt 2's Wii version
  35. ^ Unlock Manhunt 2 to Show Uncensored Uncut ‘Adult-Only’ Violent Portion Hack » My Digital Life
  36. ^ Modify and Re-sign Wii isos - GBAtemp.net
  37. ^ Wilson, Mark (2007-09-07). "Uh Oh: Uncensored Manhunt 2 Leaks Online". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/gaming/uh-oh/uncensored-manhunt-2-leaks-online-297558.php. Retrieved 2007-09-14. "Projectmanhunt.com is reporting that an early PS2 build of Manhunt 2 has leaked online." 
  38. ^ "Manhunt 2 Leak Came From PlayStation Europe Employee". GamePolitics. 2007-10-22. http://www.gamepolitics.com/2007/10/22/manhunt-2-leak-came-from-playstation-europe-employee. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 

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Quotes

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Manhunt 2

[As Daniel Lamb enters the deviant sex club]
Leo Kasper:The Pervs run that joint. They're pure sleaze. Guys go in expecting a blowjob, they walk out Project zombies.

[Hunter is looking for Danny]
Pervert:I bet your butt meat tastes REAL good...

[Hunter is looking for Danny]
Police Officer:The longer I wait, the more bones I break.

[Hunter is looking for Danny]
Escaped Inmate:I know this sounds crazy, but if you don't help me, my head is going to split WIDE open!

[repeated line]
Dr. Pickman:What seest thou else in the dark and backward abysm of time?

Leo Kasper:No one wants to be Daniel Lamb...
Daniel Lamb: I do!

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Manhunt 2
Box artwork for Manhunt 2.
Developer(s)
Rockstar London
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Release date(s)
Windows
Genre(s) Survival horror
System(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Windows
Rating(s)
BBFC: File:BBFC RC.png Refused Classification
ESRB: Adults Only
IFCO: Prohibited
Preceded by Manhunt
Series Manhunt

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Manhunt 2

Developer(s) Rockstar London
Rockstar North
Rockstar Toronto (Wii)
Rockstar Leeds (PSP)
Rockstar Vienna (Former developer)
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Release date October 31, 2007
Genre Action
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: M
ESRB: AO(Uncut)
BBFC: Rejected(Original rating)
BBFC: 18(Re-rating after it was toned down)
OFLC: RC
IFCO: Prohibited
PEGI: 18+
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
Media DVD, UMD, Wii Optical Disc
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Manhunt 2 is the sequel to Manhunt. It is an adult video game and excessively violent. The objective in this game is to quietly kill a person before anybody finds out. This has been banned in many countries, including Ireland and Australia, and at one point even the United Kingdom

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