ok, i was a big fan of the original manhunt and had some high expectations for this game. First off, this game does not take advantage of any new graphics technologies. It almost looks like its the same engine as the original game. I forgive it this flaw because they wanted it to run on the PSP, and though i played the wii version, it looks like a PSP game. The story and gameplay are great, i love the hallucinations and added creepiness. Ok, as for the executions. They look BAD, I could forgive some changes, less blood, take out some of the more raunchy executions, even the color change wouldnt be bad if they didn't change it as much as they did. To me, its almost like watching a scrambled cable channel. You can't tell whats going on, you see wavy lines and some motions. I would suggest waiting for someone to make a hack for the game on the PC version to get rid of this silliness.
Most people are informed, but for those who are not, this game was rejected as an Adults Only title originally, and then was modified to receive a Mature rating from the ESRB.
Controversy aside, this game is a mere shadow of what it could and should have been. Unfortunately, the controversy itself overhyped a game that still could have otherwise been fun. Had we not seen the original gameplay and visuals, we might not have any problem with this iteration. However, it has been toned back so much that it's hard to appreciate, since we've seen what it once was.
The game still holds its gritty visuals, in dark environments, using stealth (ideally) to kill and mangle enemies. However, the gruesome kills that have made the game so very controversial are essentially eliminated. The game now blurs out essentially all of these special murder cutscenes. The standard beatings still exist, but they are typical of a Rockstar game, a la Grand Theft Auto.
That's not to say it's a bad thing, but blurring out the violence of the game to censor it and achieve the Mature rating has taken a great deal of the game away. The gameplay becomes less exciting, and even with the stealth element, it hardly gets your heart racing.
The graphics are nothing special in terms of technical achievement. They do, however, present the world in a way that has its merits, with lighting appropriate for a dark and morbid game. The environment can be nice, as well, as in the asylum you will encounter enemies that have all sorts of mental problems, even in only the first level.
The gameplay is still relatively solid, but with the rating adjustment, it falls a bit flat now. It is still not recommended for anyone who does not qualify for a Mature rating, however. Most of the scripted scenes remain, but interactive events seem to be completely censored. I would not buy this game, but it's worth renting, even if only to see what became of the controversy.