Thought the saga had finally ended, didn't you? Well, not for the UK, where getting games past the BBFC can be a challenging proposition.
You may remember that even after Rockstar re-edited Manhunt 2 after receiving the dreaded "AO" (Adults Only) rating from the ESRB), they resubmitted to ratings boards around the world. They managed to pass with the "M" (Mature) rating in the U.S., but the BBFC initially rejected the revised version. After a Video Appeals Committee intervened, the BBFC finally relented and granted the game a "18" rating. Now, according to IGN, nearly a year after the game released in North America, Manhunt 2 will finally launch in the UK for the PS2, PSP, and Wii on October 31. Why the Wii? We honestly have no clue. But anyway, it seems the BBFC is past their initial refusal to categorize the title, when they cited its "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone." So if you're willing to take a chance on this brutal action/adventure game and you live in the UK, head down to the stores on Halloween and pick it up. Fitting day, yes?
If you're unfamiliar with the BBFC, they're notoriously strict when it comes to video games. And if they refuse to classify a game, that means it simply can't be sold in retail stores without severe restrictions. So it's no surprise Manhunt 2 releases last in the UK.
Related Game(s): Manhunt 2