Friday, August 24, 2007

It Looks Like Manhunt 2 Will Come Out After All

Manhunt 2, the sequel to the deliciously violent exploitation-video game Manhunt, will finally see the light of day. The game will be released simultaneously on three platforms -- the PS2, Wii, and PSP -- on October 31, 2007. It was originally slated for release last July, but acclaimed lawyer and cockfag Jack Thompson had his panties up in a bunch, declaring the game too violent and PROMISING to prevent the sales of Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV. To make the story short, Mr. Thompson ultimately failed, and MH2 was given an AO (Adults-only) rating by the ESRB. So eat shit, Thompson.

Good thing, too, for Manhunt 2 has a bunch of cool new features and an all-new story. We no longer follow the previous installment's protagonist, Johnny Cash, nor is it another tale of Death Row prisoners being sent out to kill people in the most glorious of ways to make a snuff film. Instead, it will be a tale of a controversial research that was shut down, but the scientists decide to continue on their own anyway. One of the scientists, Daniel Lamb, volunteers to be a guinea pig for the experiment, with adverse psychological effects. Along the way something goes wrong, and Daniel has to escape the facility, mental disorder and all. This is where the fun begins.

The game still employs the "Execution" feature, and still has three levels of gruesome. However, this time around firearms can also be used for executions, as well as some environmental objects like live wires and toilet bowls. There's also a new Simon Says-esque feature: when hiding in shadows, and an enemy comes near, the player must press the combination of buttons shown in the screen in order to keep Daniel's breathing calm and remain undetected. And last, but definitely not least, there are multiple endings, depending on how the game is played.

But wait, there's more. The game no longer has an AO rating; instead, it is now rated M - for mature gamers. This means a wider audience for the game (not like the kids at home won't be playing it themselves anyway), and more insult to Jack Thompson. Ha! However, this also means some parts that are deemed extra violent will be cut. :( But fear not, an uncut version is likely to be released.

Happy killing!

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