The Video Appeals Committee is an independent body which deliver a four-to-three verdict that the BBFC must give the game a certificate for sale.
"As I have said previously, we never take rejection decisions lightly, and they always involve a complex balance of considerations," said David Cooke, Director of the BBFC.
"We twice rejected Manhunt 2, and then pursued a judicial review challenge, because we considered, after exceptionally thorough examination, that it posed a real potential harm risk. However, the Video Appeals Committee has again exercised its independent scrutiny. It is now clear, in the light of this decision, and our legal advice, that we have no alternative but to issue an '18' certificate to the game."
Now that the game has been given a rating Rockstar can now come up with a release schedule for their action survival-horror sequel, available on PS2, PSP and Nintendo Wii.
Rockstar Games successfully argued that there is little difference in the violence of Manhunt 2 to that of other platforms.
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