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A TRIUMPH OF ARBITRARY, IDIOTIC, CENSORSHIP
on 2 March 2009
The first manhunt game was far from being a complete masterpiece, but as far as treating adults like adults, and giving them some entertainment aimed directly at their demographic, it was a triumph. From the 70's style, nasty, low-budget, droning, synth sounds to the grainy, video nasty, VHS filters that sporadically clouded the screen so effectively and right down to the seedy underworld scenarios and warriors-esque, themed, street gangs: Finally gaming had reached beyond silly sprays of chunky, Mortal Kombat, blood to real adult entertainment. So naturally we all waited with bated breath in anticipation of the next installment. But something unfortunate happened between Manhunt and Manhunt 2, the censors lost, first their minds then, their spines.
I recently watched a comparison online of uncensored footage from this game and the kills from the original manhunt (Don't know why they haven't torn that video down already) and I have to say that the original was much, much nastier than this, and not just in the gore stakes but also in the realism of the story and overall characterisation. Fair enough the game has gone from serious nastiness to fantastical story telling and cartoonish schlock but there in lies my point - why cut this game and not the first? It's ridiculous hand holding nonsense like this that tells me I can't play what I want to, I am not free to indulge in something darker from time to time, which is just insulting and infuriating and we are being treated like idiots.
There are a few people on here saying that the headache inducing red blur that smears the screen every time I dispatch some very bad people doesn't take away from the game, and even adds some style: I'm sorry but there is enough style in here without this gaming equivalent of banging your head on a wall destroying your enjoyment. Secondly sometimes you can see a bit of the kills but the very fact that they are obscured is the total ruination of the entire point of waving your pads around like a fool, and destroys the payoff you get from spending your time hunting the hunters.
What this all boils down to is as follows: when you see imbeciles buying their screeching brats games like Grand Theft Auto and this, because their friends have got it and they're moaning, and these buffoons actually see what their kids are playing, instead of blaming themselves for not reading up on the game before they dumped their kids in front of it, they blame the makers of the games and thus this backwards censorship grows and gets out of control like a cancer, ruining everyone else's enjoyment. Two perfect examples of this madness can be seen on the Sim Animals page here on Amazon, two feckless parents blaming the game and not their bad judgment are featured right there and it's clueless people like them, and the pathetic old men running the BBFC, that are telling us what we can and can't watch and how we are allowed to entertain ourselves. It's ridiculous but they're getting there own way, and if this hollow shell of a game doesn't prove it then perhaps the banning of Natural Born Killers and Childs play back in the day may spring to mind and remind you why these people have to be stopped. Games do not make people do bad things, but these censors are making me want to. Everyone who bought this game, in hope that the cuts may not have been that bad, should receive the game as it was intended, coupled with a letter of apology, and be reimbursed from the pockets of these complete morons.
As far as the game goes, it's mediocre, not a patch on the viceral orignal (mostly down to the problems 'hinted at' above), and has AI that makes my cat look like a member of MENSA, but that's not the point now is it.