Manhunt 2 PSP Version Hacked – Becomes Violent ****UPDATE****
Manhunt 2 for the PSP has been on shelves for less than 24 hours and it has already been hacked. Apparently, savvy techs have played with the code in an attempt to reinstate the scenes that would have garnered the game an “AO” rating with the ESRB. The violent content thought to have been removed from the game was apparently only “disabled”, and this illegal exploit of the PSP code brings back fond memories of the much hyped and controversial ‘Hot Coffee’ mini-games in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
According to other sources, the hack requires a lot of work, and details on how to do this have surfaced on the internet. No, I am not going to tell you how to do it here, but I am sure if you look hard enough you can find it – although it is not something that is condoned. This is just another incident of Rockstar’s problems with their newest Manhunt title, as the PS2 version of the game has already been available via torrent sites on the internet, which Rockstar has blamed on Sony Computer Entertainment.
GamePolitics has received word from Take Two that the Manhunt 2 PSP hack is not a rumor, but a fact. Here is the statement from a Take Two representative pulled from the GP site:
Multiple edits were made to revise Manhunt 2 for its M-rated version.
Hackers apparently have altered one of those edits to produce an illegally modified version of the game that can only be played on an unauthorized, modified PlayStation Portable handheld system.
All of the game material, and especially these specific edits, was submitted to and reviewed by the ESRB in accordance with requirements regarding disclosure that were enacted two years ago and any contrary suggestion is inaccurate and irresponsible.
Take-Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick said, “I stand behind the game and the ESRB ratings process. It is unfortunately the case that no one in the entertainment software industry is immune from hacking. We hope that consumers will not engage in hacking or download illegally modified copies of our games. We encourage them to enjoy our games as they are meant to be played. We would also like to emphasize that Manhunt 2 is intended for an audience aged 17 and above.”
Thanks for the Update: GamePolitics.com