Manhunt 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extreme graphic violence and gore – adults only.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 61 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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


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.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byroseknight73508 April 9, 2008

Use judgment!

Rock Star and all of their other games (except for table tennis) are going for a more extreme game intended for adults. There are only 23 AO rated games, don... Continue reading
Adult Written byNarwhalAttack July 14, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byanimeotaku7 August 1, 2014

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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

To people complaining that this game is bad for kids

Of course it is. For pete's sake, the game is rated M! Any parents saying that the game should be taken off the market are mistaken. YOU should watch what... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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