Manhunt 2 Retains Rating

The controversial new game Manhunt 2, in which players take the role of a mental patient who has to hack, stab and maim his way out of a deserted insane asylum, will keep its Mature rating, and not be bumped up to Adults Only. The game has attracted attention from the ratings board, and numerous advocacy groups, for its uber-violent content. The game's publisher censored some of the content to keep its Mature rating, but hackers figured out a way to unlock some of that hidden code, and bring back a bit of the banished madness. All the details weren't released, but one of the reported hacks involves removing a blurring-type effect—added in to keep that Adults Only rating at bay—in a certain kill mode. Though this is good news for publisher Rockstar Games, the mediocre reviews probably aren't raising too many cheers at HQ.—Gregory Mone