The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has banned a video game for the first time in 10 years. Censors described the US-published “Manhunt 2” as focusing on sadism and brutal slaying.
The game, from publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, which made the controversial “Grand Theft Auto” series, can now not be legally supplied anywhere in Britain.
The game involves a player becoming an insane asylum escapee who sneaks up on enemies and kills them in gruesome ways.
In a statement on the board’s Web site, BBFC director David Cooke said rejecting a work was a very serious action and not taken lightly.
“‘Manhunt 2’ is distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing,” he said.
“There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game,” Cooke said.