Once again, the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) has refused to rate Manhunt 2. This refusal is for the revised version.

You may recall that Rockstar made some tweaks to the original game after receiving a “no rating” in Britain and an “AO” in the U.S. The revisions managed to get an “M” here. However, the BBFC still doesn’t like the game.

Because the game has no rating, it can’t be sold in Britain. Likewise, the Irish board has also refused to rate MH2.

There isn’t any doubt in my mind this is censorship. MH2 isn’t my kind of game. In fact, from what I’ve read of it, it sounds rather loathesome. This is, of course, a matter of taste.

Other people have other views. That’s fine. What isn’t fine is when an organization supposedly meant to rate games refuses to do its job and becomes a censor.

No doubt it’s Manhunt 2 being a game rather than a film that’s the problem. The “games are for kids” misconception is still too prevalent, and it appears that this is the BBFC’s outlook.

Regardless, an organization that is supposed to provide ratings to games should not sit in judgment as to whether the game should be allowed, but rather decide on the appropriate audience for it, and apply the necessary rating.

In this instance, the BBFC is certainly not doing its job properly. Read the article and see what you think.

BBFC says no again on Gamespot