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Manhunt 2 Hacked
Manhunt 2 had some trouble earlier this year when its controversial and violent “execution” scenes were forced to be toned down, lest the game be slapped with an “Adults Only” rating, insuring it would never sell. Edits were made and Manhunt 2 was given the green light.

Despite finally seeing release earlier week, the long, hard road out of ratings-hell for Manhunt 2 has seemingly only led to more headaches, as the aforementioned scenes have been unlocked by diligent hackers.

While this instantly calls up images of “Hot Coffee,” a notorious sex sequence from Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hidden deep within the game’s code that was discovered by hackers in 2005, the amount of effort it takes to unlock Manhunt 2 doesn’t really match up with the payoff.

First of all, this only applies to the PSP version of the game, not the PS2 or Wii, though we imagine someone will be looking for those very soon. Second of all, who cares? If you’ve seen Saw or Hostel, then you’ve seen worse than anything in Manhunt 2. And most importantly, the Russian hackers who found the “uncensored” scenes claim the operation requires a disk image of Manhunt 2, the software back-up tool UMDGen, and knowledge of file editing and coding. I’m going to guess that most of you have no idea what I just said, and thus you–and more importantly, your children’s eyes–will likely be safe from heinous digital mutilations on-screen. Though the game is rated Mature, meaning anyone under 17 shouldn’t have anything to do with it anyway.

This probably won’t stop the morally litigious from bringing some lawsuit or another against the game for scarring the world irreparably, resulting in its immediate recall, but in the meantime the Manhunt 2 roams free allowing us to continue to murdering willy nilly in the comfort of our own homes.

Metal Gear Solid 4 Delayed
Perhaps the best reason to consider owning a PlayStation 3, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, was supposed to enter our lives in early 2008. And more ready for some more Solid Snake ass-kicking we could not be.

Unfortunately, it seems that the games publisher, Konami, doesn’t think we are prepared just yet. Or rather, the game isn’t prepared, as they released the below statement:

“Konami had initially intended to release Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots this winter, and has been working on the production of the title. Konami has decided to delay the title's release in order to make further improvements to the quality of the game and provide even greater enjoyment for more customers worldwide.”

Ugh. And the Tokyo Stock Exchange seems to echo that sentiment as the companies stock took a nearly 7% nosedive yesterday in the wake of the announcement.

MGS4 is now scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2008.

Patrick Stuart Shills for Nintendo
Patrick Stuart has over the years walked the fine line between all things cool and geeky, having starred in Dune, X-Men, several video games, and, of course, as the unflappable Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

So it should come as no surprise that this Holiday season, Stuart will be featured in UK ads for Nintendo alongside Nicole Kidman (and a host of other people that we don’t know), playing Wii and DS games including the just announced Sight Training: Enjoy Exercising and Relaxing Your Eyes.

And yes that is a 100% real title. Game of the Year award winner? Engage!

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