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Less than 24 hours after the game’s release, hackers have found a way to reinstate the violent scenes in the PSP version of Manhunt 2.

The hack restores the game to its original full-gore version, which means that Rockstar didn’t cut offensive material in order to get the M rating, they simply disabled it.

The question is, did they follow that route for simple expediency, or because they knew they could count on the gaming community to find a way to play the game the way Rockstar originally intended? Perhaps a bit of both.

Let the countdown to the ESRB’s inevitable freakout begin. I figure we’ll also be hearing from a certain Floridian lawyer before long, too.

Source: GamesIndustry

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Luke wrote on November 1st, 2007 at 9:45 pm

My first instinct is to say that Rockstar apparently didn’t learn anything from the Hot Coffee fiasco, but really, it seems like they did. Little lessons, like “well, we disabled the stuff, they need to break the game to see it” is actually a decent excuse, and that there’s nothing like a little controversy to make your standard horror B-movie knockoff of a game a best seller.

People are going to say this is slipshod programming at best or an example of low morals in video games at worst. I say it’s a prime example of how people need to grow up. Get rid of the pointless onus attached to the AO rating and release some mature games that are actually mature instead of just Leisure Suit Larry sequels.

Or hell, go ahead and bowdlerize the original release of the game, then release an “unrated” version a couple months later with everything put back in. If Saw can do it, why shouldn’t Manhunt be able to do the same?