Manhunt 2

 
Extreme graphic violence and gore – adults only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gamers play as a psychotic killer who must murder in order to stay alive. There is no positive messages here.

Positive role models

You kill people in the most graphically violent way possible to win this game. No positive role models.

Violence

One of the most -- if not the most -- graphically violent and gory titles in video game history. Not only can you kill people with knives, maces, sledgehammers, and your bare hands, but in the Wii version you are mimicking the actions using the motion-sensing controllers in front of the TV. Execution moves are also possible by following on-screen prompts at the right time and players will be "rewarded" with dramatic kills that, while blurry (as if you are in a psychotic episode), are brutal, such as slashing a body while hearing tearing sounds and screaming, and in one instance, pushing a person's head in a toilet when murdered.

Sex

Players will see nearly nude women in strip clubs, including exposed buttocks and breasts.

Language

Many instances of profanities including "f--k," "s--t," "blow job," "damn," "piss," "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Players inject themselves with needles. Alcohol can also be seen in the game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is one of the most graphically violent and gory titles in video game history. In it you must kill people to complete the adventure; you perform dramatic "execution" moves by following on-screen instructions; and on the Wii version, you mimic the murderous actions using the motion-sensing remote. There are many instances of swearing: the first two words in the game are "Holy f--k!" Drugs, alcohol, and partial nudity are also part of this game.

What's it about?

Available for the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 2, and Sony PlayStation Portable, MANHUNT 2 begins as your character, Dr. Daniel Lamb, escapes the Dixmor Asylum for the Criminally Insane, after being injected with a mysterious drug that unleashes his homicidal tendencies. Without giving much of the plot away, Lamb finds himself outside in the real world, beginning with a visit to the now-dilapidated home of his youth. But not without going on a killing spree first. Even though the killings appear to be out of Lamb's control, it's not unusual for him to vomit and utter remorseful words after committing these grotesque murders.

Is it any good?

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This disturbing psychological story is even more controversial on the Nintendo Wii: With the Wii's wireless motion-sensing controllers all of your killing is performed by mimicking the movements with your hands in front of the TV. This includes stabbing by thrusting the controller forward, slashing up and down, or whacking someone over the head with a sledgehammer by moving your arms accordingly.

If the developers who created Manhunt 2 put half as much effort into making the game fun as they did into making it shocking, then maybe it would be worth picking up -- if you were a grown-up who was into truly violent entertainment. But this is not the case. What you're left with is a game that's an appalling choice for kid gamers who manage to get their hands on it and a mediocre yet disgusting experience for everyone else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ultra-violent gaming. What do your kids think is appealing? Why do they think people play games like this? If your kids say they know the difference between "real" and "fantasy" violence, you might point out the fact that studies show engaging in this kind of violent material increases aggression. Is this just a way to live out a horror movie or does this fulfill violent tendencies?

Game details

Platforms:PSP, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rockstar Games
Release date:October 31, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP)

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Written byAnonymous January 31, 2013
age 18+
 

Between NC-17 & X. This game is bad for anyone.

The Violence is a 5 which means this game is bad for anyone. The Sex is a 4 and the Violence in it took that away. The Language is a 5 and Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking is a 4. Illegal Drugs, & Violence is Bad for Anyone and the Language, & Sex is for Adults Only. But this Video Game is bad for anyone.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byLanmola November 16, 2011
age 18+
 

NEVER PLAY THIS!

Sorry, I meant PERFECT FOR YOUR THREE YEAR OLD KID!!!!!!!! I must say, the day me and my cousin discoverd that the rating of the game was changed from AO to M, was like the worst day of my life! Not becouse of our sake, but for the sake of all children and even teens around the world. I never play AO rated games but my cousin does, and he told me that this game should have gotten EVEN HIGHER RATING! We both played "Manhunt 1" and we didn't like it so much. Cousin says that this game is better than the first game, but that you need to be made of iron to resist the urge to vomit at some scenes. I don't know if he exaggerated a bit there, but there's one thing I DO know:EVEN IF YOU SURVIVED TO WATCH SEX SCENES AS A KID YOUR'E STILL NOT READY FOR THIS!(There I exaggerated a bit)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byanimeotaku7 August 1, 2014
age 17+
 

no. just no.

I have never played this game, but i know a lot about it. It was originally an AO (adults only) but then, rockstar games edited it so it could be classified as an m-rated game. pushes the m rating to the extreme limits. It is horrible and is one of the most infamous games ever created. Never buy it, it will traumatize you. Trust me on this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old December 31, 2010
age 17+
 

Not for anyone.

This game WAS rated A.O. for Adults Only! No joke. Unfortunately,though,Rockstar Games EDITED the game to make it just barely within the limits of M for Mature. NEVER play this!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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