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Manhunt 2 to be re-assessed for UK release

Rockstar have won their appeal against the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to have controversial game Manhunt 2 reviewed for release in the UK.

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Speaking of the ongoing controversy surrounding the game, David Cooke, director of the BBFC commented:

“The BBFC will carefully study the judgement by the Video Appeals Committee when it becomes available.

The BBFC twice rejected Manhunt 2 for its focus on varied and cumulative killings. We recognise that rejection is a very serious step, in which the desire of publishers to market their games, and that of gamers to buy them, must be balanced against the public interest, including the full range of possible harm risks to vulnerable individual and to any children who may be wrongly exposed to such games. Such balancing judgements are inevitably complex and multi-faceted, and are made only after very careful consideration of the contents of a work.”

He also added:

“…that a broad approach to the possible risks is needed, which goes beyond purely behavioural harm, and which also takes account of other possible effects on the sensibilities and attitudes of individuals.”

Although it seems likely the game will eventually see a UK release (especially following the game’s Halloween release in the US), we will not know the outcome of this review for some days yet. We’ll keep you posted on this as it develops.

Why not take a look at our Manhunt 2 Wii review. Watch out for our PSP review very soon.

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is a Senior Staff Writer at Thunderbolt, having joined in April 2007.

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