Manhunt 2 will be rated (and released) in England.
The blood-splatter PS2 and Wii action game was originally refused an "over 18" classification by the British Board of Film Classification(BBFC), effectively rendering it unsaleable in England.
So RockStar altered the game into the slightly edited version commercially available in the U.S, but the BBFC refused a classification to even the edited version of the game. Then Rockstar appealed.
So seven members of an independent panel assigned by the BBFC listened to the evidence presented from both sides before deciding by a vote of 4 to 3, that Manhunt 2 would get a rating. It's a happy ending for gamers in England.
An appeal could still be filed by the BBFC, who have yet to review the written judgment.
Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said, "We are committed to making great interactive entertainment while also marketing our products responsibly and supporting an effective rating system. We are pleased that the decision of the VAC has recognized that Manhunt 2 is well within the bounds established by other 18-plus rated entertainment."
We find it ironic that a game that most hardcore gamers seem pretty "meh" about causes large-scale controversy...but congrats, Rockstar!
GameSpot.com: Rockstar wins Manhunt 2 appeal