Controversy behind Manhunt?

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#1 tekbow95
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I picked it up new yesterday for $3, couldn't pass it up. So I started playing the VERY controversial game, and I have to say, what's it all about? I mean, I realize it's very brutal, and very violent, but there's much worse out. Scarface, Gears of War, Mortal Kombat, just to name a few. I realize some of those games weren't out when the first launched, but people still rave about how bad it is. I mean, has anyone played Scarface? It's extremely violent, and passes up Manhunt by a mile IMO. Post what you think about it here.

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#2 KillerJuan77
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Wait, so you don't find the subject matter to be disturbing to say the least?

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#3 LoG-Sacrament
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there could be tons of more violent games out there and it wouldnt change how violent manhunt is. it gets even more attention because its a rockstar game and thats another headline.
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#4 Sharpie125
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Is Scarface actually worse? Reviews turned me away from it, but in terms of subject matter, Manhunt is in a completely different ballpark.

Seeing cartoonish gore is one thing, but there is something profoundly and psychologically disturbing about Manhunt executions. I'm normally against the videogames inspire real life violence sentiment, but even I have to say Manhunt *may* be that game that kids really shouldn't play.

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#5 lamprey263
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Manhunt came out 8 years ago, standards change pretty quickly, 10 years before that there was the infamous Night Trap "rape" scene, which by today's standards would be fit for daytime television. But Manhunt is pretty violent even for today's standards, you basically kill people hunting you with varying degrees of violence (and as far as the game's objective goes you want to be as violent as possible), and there to keep you company the whole time is the director reminding you how aroused he is by the snuff film you're helping him make.
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#6 ExoticAnimal
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I've yet to play a game since Manhunt that was deemed more violent than it. Yes, shooters have a certain amount of violence in them but Manhunt raised that bar to new heights. Being able to kill an enemy with various weapons and ordinary objects and having varying different degree of execution make the game so controversial. The game was very brutal and an example of one type of execution was taking a plastic bag and sufficating the enemy to death. I don't think violence of this sort has ever been done before where the realism made it cringe worthy for a lot of people.

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#7 tekbow95
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Is Scarface actually worse? Reviews turned me away from it, but in terms of subject matter, Manhunt is in a completely different ballpark.

Seeing cartoonish gore is one thing, but there is something profoundly and psychologically disturbing about Manhunt executions. I'm normally against the videogames inspire real life violence sentiment, but even I have to say Manhunt *may* be that game that kids really shouldn't play.

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Scarface is much worse in my opinion, look up footage of shootouts or using the chainsaw.

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#8 tekbow95
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Wait, so you don't find the subject matter to be disturbing to say the least?

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I do find it disturbing, just that there is worse.

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Scarface is more violent than Manhunt? In which parallel universe?
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#10 KillerJuan77
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[QUOTE="KillerJuan77"]

Wait, so you don't find the subject matter to be disturbing to say the least?

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I do find it disturbing, just that there is worse.

Not really, while violence in Scarface is a bit over the top, in Manhunt it's more or less realistic and you are also killing people to please viewers (Starkweather and whoever found the catalogue/manual lol) with snuff.

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#11 Sharpie125
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Yup. Looked up chainsaw footage from Scarface and it definitely comes nowhere close to Manhunt. Limbs flying off and fountains of blood isn't disturbing. It's the physical act and the portrayal of suffering that's worse. For instance-- a guy getting shot in the head, or a guy getting his face bashed in with a fire extinguisher repeatedly? (For those of you who watched Irreversible, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.)

Manhunt is sadistic. Its executions are pretty much torture, and torture is IMO harder to watch than outright killing. When my friend and I played through 2 we enjoyed it, but we recognized that it was pretty ****ed up.

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#12 jsh020
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it was made by rockstar

that explains all controversy that came to it

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#13 jsh020
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I picked it up new yesterday for $3, couldn't pass it up. So I started playing the VERY controversial game, and I have to say, what's it all about? I mean, I realize it's very brutal, and very violent, but there's much worse out. Scarface, Gears of War, Mortal Kombat, just to name a few. I realize some of those games weren't out when the first launched, but people still rave about how bad it is. I mean, has anyone played Scarface? It's extremely violent, and passes up Manhunt by a mile IMO. Post what you think about it here.

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i have scar face, when i played that 6 years ago(still in middle school) i was like "this is the most violent thing that has ever existed," or as the game would of put it " this $h*t is so mother F**king violent in the whole god D**N f**king world,) yah scarface is proboly the worst one out of those you mentioned, also relay fun sitll, pretty underrated
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#14 TacticalDesire
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The fact the game is pretty much just killing without much of a real narrative probably leads to much of the controversy. I don't believe in the game being banned, but I concede that it probably isn't the direction main stream gaming should (or is) take(ing).

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#15 Treflis
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Because of the setting and the fact that you are encouraged to kill your enemies ingame in gruesome portrayed ways, Granted nowadays there are games with more blood and gore. But I still think that Manhunt is overall the most gruesome, disturbing and a game that causes you to have fun because it plays on a persons dark side. The part of the person who finds a slight delight in violence. Granted that side of a person varies from person to person.
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#16 EggVillain
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I tried it once... the game kind of bored me. Sure it was disturbing how you go about killing. But as someone else mentioned, story... what story.

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It's not really the matter of violence in the game; it's how it's being used. Scarface, Gears of War, Mortal Kombat, those games have what I call flash violence. What you commit to your enemy is done and over with. You move on to the next point of the game. But with Manhunt, it's more mental, more carnal, more primal. It's getting in your head and turning you into a bloodthirsty predator. It also gives the gamer three levels of violent executions to pull off, so the more bloodthirsty gamers will go after the harder executions for the bigger pay off. If any game embodies the term "torture porn", it is Manhunt. Plus, threaded within Manhunt's macabre narrative and gameplay is quite a good deal of sexual content. And since you said you're playing this today, you might have become a tad desensitized. Back then, there were few M rated games that came close to what Manhunt did, and well, Rockstar is a controversy whore because they are so big. They are easily targeted.