Posted on October 31, 2007,

Rockstar Laments Manhunt’s AO Rating, Wants People to Focus on the Game

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Understandably, Rockstar would much rather that people focus on the game that they’ve created rather than the controversy surrounding it. Manhunt 2 was released yesterday to a critical yawn, with scores ranging from the average range with 6s and 7s, right down to a 4. Ouch.

Speaking with MTV News, Rockstar’s Jeronimo Barrera said that he wished people would forget about the controversy surrounding the ESRB rating of the game. He believes there’s more to Manhunt 2 than just killing people.

“You know, a lot of people just believe this is a murder simulator and all you do is kill people,” Barrera said. “But the reality is that there’s a really strong narrative. And I think we’ve built something that’s really unique in the sense that it puts the player in a position that you absolutely would never get into in the real world.”

Quips about Mario being just as unrealistic aside, I think Rockstar might actually be fortunate to have had this controversy surrounding this game. Given the average reviews the game is receiving, chances are it won’t be showered in praise for months to come like, for instance, BioShock did. But, the change in ratings might just grab people’s interest, enough so that they’ll actually go out and buy the game so curiosity will stop murdering their cats.

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