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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.


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."

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?


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
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rockstar Games
Release date:October 31, 2007
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLanmola November 16, 2011


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
Adult Written byOo XxX COD XxX oO April 8, 2011

Dont Play

I am pretty flexible when it comes to games... But this is just discusting.... Dont let your kids play this is a 17+
Adult Written byGeobil October 17, 2015

Its shocking mature and brutal

This game its defintetly not for kids people die in the most brutal ways you can imagine and its sometimes very shocking and The main charecter is not a good role model he is a killer a maniac that wont doubt about killing people don't buy this for your kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing