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Manhunt has just been banned from sale in New Zealand. First game ever banned here, as far as I'm aware. Given that NZ got GTA III uncut, and Australia got a sanitised version, I'm guessing the Aussie censor with his big red stamp isn't far away.

Personally I haven't played Manhunt and had no interest in it until now. All I knew was that it was supposed to be exceptionally violent. But this publicity has got me curious. Probably beyond the cheap and/or sick gimmick, the game is terrible. But you know how it is. If it's bad, it must be good.

Has the game had a good going over by the UK press?

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I've read a suprisingly large amount of positive comments about Manhunt, but it looks a bit too violent for my tastes. I wouldn't be suprised to see it come under close scrutiny here in OZ, but I don't know why it would be banned after being on sale for some time. Unless, of course they didn't follow the local recommendations, like Rockstar did with the original version of GTA. Surely all publishers noted that situation.

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Manhunt has just been banned from sale in New Zealand. First game ever banned here, as far as I'm aware. Given that NZ got GTA III uncut, and Australia got a sanitised version, I'm guessing the Aussie censor with his big red stamp isn't far away.

Personally I haven't played Manhunt and had no interest in it until now. All I knew was that it was supposed to be exceptionally violent. But this publicity has got me curious. Probably beyond the cheap and/or sick gimmick, the game is terrible. But you know how it is. If it's bad, it must be good.

Has the game had a good going over by the UK press?

The game is not terrible. Not insanely brilliant, either, but it's like a redneck version of Splinter Cell, without guns. Well, not until later on.

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Tried it briefly on a rental from Game a few weeks back.

To be honest it was much better than I expected. I was sure it was gonna be just another "state of emergency" and was quite surprised to find how well it actually played. Unfortunately there were just too many other titles doing the rounds at the time so it went back for PoP (obviously infinately better) after a weekends play.

Shame really because if it had been released during the summer dry spell, I may well have kept hold of it.

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I didn't get on with it really.

The thing is, the player doesn't even carry out the violent deaths himself, you merely move the character from A to B at which point the game engine 'does' the kill in the form of a cutscene.

Sure, you can actually hit people yourself, but its just a random button hammering excercise and the outcome is based on luck and who has the most energy left.

It's a reasonably polished game with some lovely audio effects, but really, the 'fun' quota wasn't there for me, and that's not because I'm not attracted to violence (because I am) its just I never felt like "I" was the one carrying this violence out.

Never got to see how the headset stuff worked sadly, but I thought the idea sounded fantastic, really, really interesting concept.

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violent tenchu, basically.

Are you saying Tenchu isn't violent?!

Oh, and Manhunt, not impressed at all.

In comparrison, yes I am saying that... and don't give me hard time, I have a shocking hangover whose form is being taken as dizziness.

I agree though, manhunt is pretty poor, derivative and cliched.

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Manhunt is a good game. It has lots of atmosphere, it's very tense and the sneak gameplay and 'executions' are very well done. It's the kind of game that puts you on the edge of your seat, totally drawn into the game. The cool thing is that, despite the violent 'executions', your character is massively underpowered. Combining the need to be silent, careful and alert mixed with the gruesome deaths make this game the ultimate 'hunter-sim'.

I agree with the 8/10. Not the best game out there, but definitely worth playing.

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Manhunt has just been banned from sale in New Zealand.

So, is Sheep-Porn still allowed there?

Let's make a computer game all about Sheep-Porn!!

Sheep porn yes, goat porn no, so you're out of luck there, sorry mate. Some comments by the censor, which I assume are riddled with inaccuracies and half truths:

"It's a game where the only thing you do is kill everybody you see," he said. "It gets worse. Not only do you have to kill everybody you see, you can choose to kill 'mild,' 'medium' or 'hot'." Mr Hastings said "hot" kills were particularly gruesome.

The game was set in a weird city inhabited by criminals and psychotics. Through an earpiece, players were given instructions by a person making snuff films to kill everyone they saw... Unlike the Grand Theft Auto series, which Mr Hastings conceded had an element of humour in its depiction of police chases, Manhunt "has none of that whatsoever".

(http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?thesection=news&thesubsection=&storyID=3539142)

Incidentally, the same paper that story is from reviewed Manhunt and gave it five stars.

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(http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?thesection=news&thesubsection=&storyID=3539142)

Incidentally, the same paper that story is from reviewed Manhunt and gave it five stars.

"The only way you can accommodate the game's images is by an attitudinal shift," Mr Hastings said. "You have to at least acquiesce in these murders and possibly tolerate, or even move towards enjoying them, which is injurious to the public good."

he obviously doesn't think much of the New Zealand public if he thinks they're simple minded enough to turn 'psychotic killer' after playing this game for a couple of hours.

i'm fully aware of the diference between the grim reality of real life murder and a computer game.

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