Manhunt 2

Feel blood and gore between your fingers, as well as some unexpected morality, in Rockstar's banned sequel

[Editor’s note: Our sister mag from the UK, NGamer was lucky enough to review the Wii version of Manhunt 2 before it was banned outright. But don’t worry though, as soon as Rockstar works out all the kinks, we’ll kindly review the final version. But for now, direct your eyes towards the review of the game you’ll never play.]

Manhunt 2 is one of the best games on Wii. The astonishing level of brutality is an integral part of the experience, and probably the aspect that delighted fans and appalled detractors alike will focus on, but there’s a lot more to it than just digital blood.

The opening level, in the chaotic hospital, acts as a tutorial for Manhunt’s two gameplay staples - staying in the shadows and creeping up behind people. Being spotted at the start results in getting splattered with bodily fluids from other inmates, which is a strong incentive for staying out of sight. Although not as strong as the prospect of being beaten to death, which is what will happen later.

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