Looks like Take-Two invited the mainstream media over to play Manhunt 2
the other day, because not only did Newsweek and MTV
check it out, but so did the New York Times
. The NYT
essentially walked away saying that games like Manhunt 2
have a long way to go before they reach the gore found in modern "torture porn." Seth Schiesel writes, "Banning the original version of Manhunt 2
may be a good way to demonstrate that the industry can police itself. Side by side, though, movies seem to be way ahead of games in delivering top-notch gore."
Schiesel tests this by renting the R rated version of Saw II
, where the "first scene was of a young man in a bleak cell being taunted to find a key by digging into his own oozing eye socket. If he does not yank out the key in 60 seconds, his head will be crushed in a spiked metal 'death mask' around his neck." Scheisel points out that the game probably got the rating because all the ESRB sees is a highlight reel of the game, they don't actually play it. He says it'll be "fairly simple" to re-edit the game for an M rating in time for the holiday season. And the New York Times
isn't above going with the general conspiracy theory floating around about Manhunt 2
, saying, "Whenever it does ship, Manhunt 2
is likely to enjoy a level of public awareness (and potentially sales
) that it could never have attained without the ban. That of course may well have been what its makers intended all along."