The New York Times
called this one -- a slimmer, sleeker, and we can only guess happier Manhunt 2
will hit shelves, appropriately enough, on Halloween. The ESRB issued a new rating for the game, lowering the Adults Only
tag to Mature, which clears the game for release.
The game's fate in Europe, where it was banned
in several countries, is as yet unknown, but we expect to hear some news on that front soon.
The entire debacle, though cleared up, is still disheartening. With the number of adult gamers
increasing all the time, and comparisons between game and film content demonstrating the vast difference in standards, we hope that someday, something in the system will change. For now, however, it seems publishers and developers, and indeed, all of us, are at the mercy of the ESRB
and the standards of Sony, Nintendo
, and Microsoft.
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