The ESRB Defends Manhunt 2 Rating
This is a first: Manhunt 2 has been widely criticized by various groups for its recently unlocked gore-ish content, but the ESRB stands by its decision and keeps the "Mature" rating.
November 5, 2007
"Contrary to some reports, however, we do not believe these modifications fully restore the product to the version that originally received an AO rating, nor is this a matter of unlocking content. Our investigation indicates that the game's publisher disclosed to the ESRB all pertinent content in the authorized Mature-rated version of Manhunt 2 now available in stores, and complied with our guidelines on full disclosure of content."
The ESRB back Rockstar this time, a most peculiar position given the organization's recent history. As you may recall, both Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and he Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion broke the rules and went through some trouble because of it.
The explanation is quite obvious: “this time it's ok, because we were informed about it”. It's true, the blamed content in Manhunt 2 is only available to some users with “enhanced” PSP consoles. Then again, the ESRB's position in this case does bring up once again the debate: is violence more acceptable than sexual content?