Manhunt 2 PC No Longer Available Anywhere

By John Walker on July 11th, 2011 at 2:33 pm.

LOOK AWAY! YOUR EYES!

Manhunt 2 is gone. There was one online store left selling Rockstar’s extraordinarily controversial, Adult rated game – Direct2Drive – which under new management has removed the title from its catalogue. As spotted by Gamersbook, the game disappeared shortly after Gamefly acquired the business. Which means it’s now completely impossible to buy on PC.

Interestingly, in a comment given to customer who asked where the game had gone, Direct2Drive attempted to imply that the removal was due to Rockstar:

“Unfortunately not all games are offered on Direct2Drive. Games offered are decided by the game’s publisher and can be removed at their disgression. We regret that we do not have any detailed information in regards to titles recently removed from our site. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.”

However, when Gamersbook contacted Rockstar, the developer was surprised by the news and told the site they’d get back to them once things had been “straightened out”. A day later Rockstar reported back:

“There has been a change in ownership over at Direct2Drive. Gamefly, who is the new owner, does not approve of Adult Rated games, and refused to offer it on their Website now. And we also realize there is now no way for you to acquire this game for your desired platform (PC).”

They then went on to offer the correspondent a bag of R* goodies, which they suggested may contain a boxed copy of the game.

You may well not care about the availability of Manhunt 2. The game received mediocre reviews on all console formats, even somehow being okayed by Nintendo for release on Wii, back in 2007. This was a neutered version to give it an M rating, such that anywhere would stock it. The PC version was the uncut original that had angered so many previously. But there’s no PC review of the game I can find – even PC Gamer US seemed to ignore it on its eventual US-only PC release in 2009. This was a release, however, that was exclusive to Direct2Drive, then under the ownership of everybody’s favourite media mogul, Rupert Murdoch.

But the reason this is interesting, beyond the scope of one dodgy gross-em-up, is the completely unavailability of AO or “adult” rated games. Games deemed too adult for the US 17 rating have nowhere to go. It seems that nowhere is prepared to sell them, which asks the question: what happens? Will we see a day when adult videogames are sold in dodgy shops in dark alleys? Or will specialist sites appear, focusing on the games that certification forgot? Will no one ever dare make mainstream games truly for adults?

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  1. Hoaxfish says:

    Gamefly, who is the new owner, does not approve of Adult Rated games

    These people need to realise just how many people are on the Internet, of Adult age. That’s a pretty big market (if you can distract them from all that Adult porn)

  2. Stevostin says:

    Besides, Manhunt is an OK game. Not a master piece, but I finished it. OTOH, I can’t get myself to play Assassin’s Creed…

  3. Jason Moyer says:

    I wish Steam would come up with a way to do real age-verification so there could be an “adult” section of the store.

  4. destroy.all.monsters says:

    A lot of “blahblahblah I didn’t like it and it wasn’t good enough and therefore censorship is good”.

    That’s some real backwards ass thinking. It’s always the troublesome cases that have to be fought.

    Since it’s a Gamefly thing it would seem that causing a ruckus on Shacknews would be beneficial.

  5. malkav11 says:

    FWIW, I had purchased Manhunt 2 some time ago when it was on sale, and still have the option to download it. So at least they’re not being complete assholes.

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    thedavehooker says:

    Here’s video shows game play form the uncut PC version http://youtu.be/rE7BR1HaftA Not a review, but you get a feel for why it got its original rating.

  7. HelderPinto says:

    Second one sucked anyway, manhunt 1 was the bomb

  8. RegisteredUser says:

    You know, I love violence and gibs aplenty, but Manhunt 1+2 just were a boring, overdone turnoff.

    There’s a point where you realize humanity was just not meant to enjoy itself via virtual simulation of stabbing GLASS in someones EYE repeatedly.

    I’m all for headshots with fountains of blood though. The earnest eagerness with which Manhunt went about it just was so office-work-like and ick…gore and violence should be fun, not feel like a preparation or exercise or some disgusting made-you-watch thing or whatever.

    Anyhow, I hope most other gamers can relate.

    GOOD RIDDANCE!

    • malkav11 says:

      The idea that violence should be fun is frankly more disturbing than anything in Manhunt.

  9. NGR101 says:

    I found the game available here http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-MANHUNT2/manhunt-2

  10. SpizyChicken says:

    I purchased ManHunt 2 on Direct 2 Drive in 2009. I went to install it again and play and it won’t activate.
    Why? GameFly screwed over it’s customers. I now have a worthless $15 dollar game file that won’t install and I can’t play.

    Welcome to NAZI Germany.