Manhunt 2
North American box art
Developer(s) Rockstar North
Rockstar Toronto
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Platform(s) Wii platform icon
Genre(s) Survival horror

06ESRB - M  05PEGI 18  05BBFC - 18  05USK 18 

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Manhunt 2 is an insanely controversial video game that was released on the Wii during mid/late 2007. It was developed by Rockstar Games, the studio behind the equally questionable (though unarguably better in content) Grand Theft Auto series. The game was filled with a copious amount of delays after consistently being banned in the United States and UK after coming in possession of the dreadful Adults Only rating, which is not allowed by Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft (with this game only regarding the latter two companies mentioned), nor major corporations including but certainly not limited to Wal-Mart, Best Buy, K-Mart and so on. In fact, despite later on receiving an M for Mature rating, Target forbade all of their stores to sell the game after the immense controversy it generated.

The game was one of the few, if not only, games on a Nintendo console that disbarred Florida attorney Jack Thompson targeted. He went as far as to ask Wendy's restaurant not to give out Super Mario Galaxy, Excite Truck and Wii Sports toys because they are involved with Nintendo, who allowed the game to appear on their console. Wendys refused Thompson's request.


The Wii version of Manhunt 2 differers from the Playstation 2 format, for both better and worse. One of the changes includes shortening the execution scenes. For example: in the PS2 version, a plastic bag (gruesome level) execution involves wrapping the bag around the victim's head, punching him in the face several times, tripping him, bringing him to his knees and beating his head several more times before he finally dies. The Wii version however cuts the scene short with the victim dying AFTER being tripped. Also, the Wii version is more strict on censoring. Scenes are much more darker than the PS2 version, almost to an extent that you can barely make out what's going on. For that reason, and only exclusive to the Wii, blood marks are left on the victim to show where the impact took place. For example, you gouge someone's eye out with a piece of glass, you see the bloody eye in the aftermath. The PS2 version however is more clearer and doesn't need the blood markings.