Developers of the twice banned video game ManHunt 2 have won an appeal which means that the British Board of Film Classification will have to review it’s ban on the game’s release.
The game has already been released in the US but received an Adults Only rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The BBFC refused to give the title a classification as they felt the game was too “brutal” for release. Man Hunt developer, Rockstar, made changes to the content of the game in an attempt to tone down the level of violence but the board felt that adequate changes had not been made to the game and so, rejected it a second time.
Although, gamers will be gamers. Hackers in the U.S. recently found a way to get around the censoring and unlock the forbidden content. Having said that, this does involve a but of technical know-how and an unlocked PSP.
Rockstar took the two rejections to the Video Appeals Committee. The game will be released if there is no further action from the BBFC. The VAC ruled that the game was well within the bounds of the 18+ rating set by other games of its genre.
The original Manhunt (2003) was allegedly linked to the murder of a 14 year old boy in Leicester, although it was never presented as evidence in trial.