'Manhunt 2' under fire

(AP) -- An upcoming video game from the maker of the "Grand Theft Auto" series is coming under fire in the U-S and Britain.

In the U-K, the government's ratings board banned sales of "Manhunt 2" for what it called an "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone."

"Manhunt 2" -- by Rockstar Games -- is scheduled for a July tenth release on Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 2 consoles.

Players of "Manhunt 2" assume the role of an escaped mental institution patient who goes on a killing spree as he fights his way to freedom.

Rockstar and its parent company have six weeks to appeal. Rockstar said it will decide over the next few days whether to do so.

In the U-S, critics are hoping to slap "Manhunt 2" with the strictest rating possible.


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