In June, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rejected Manhunt 2 as being too violent and sadistic and caused quite a stir in the news. Now that the BBFC has been given a revised version of the game, they’ve rejected it yet again saying that while some parts of the game have indeed been toned down, the game is still too sadistic in nature. Here’s the full quote by David Cooke, Director of the BBFC:
“We recognise that the distributor has made changes to the game, but we do not consider that these go far enough to address our concerns about the original version. The impact of the revisions on the bleakness and callousness of tone, or the essential nature of the gameplay, is clearly insufficient. There has been a reduction in the visual detail in some of the ‘execution kills’, but in others they retain their original visceral and casually sadistic nature.”
He added that they’ve made suggestions for further changes to the game, but the distributor has chosen not to make them. So it seems there’s nothing left for Rockstar to do but appeal the BBFC’s decision to the Video Appeals Committee.