Manhunt 2 is a video game for Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable developed by Rockstar Games as the sequel to original Manhunt released in 2003. Manhunt 2 is rated as M by ESRB when released in North America after the game was reworked due to the AO rating (Adult Only) was initially rated for excessive cruelty and violence. The publisher and developer cut several sadistic murder scene, and apply blur effects, hue filters and discoloration or darkening to obscure the death strike scene animation.
However, hackers from Russia has managed to reveal a hack to modify the game code that uncensors and unlocks the PSP version of Manhunt 2 ‘hidden and protected’ game content, and view the originally locked and censored violent graphical details ‘uncensored’ during the game play. The crack code allows the blurs, hues and discolorations of the death sequences to be removed. Thus users effectively play the fully uncensored uncut Manhunt 2 and get the full ‘Adult Only’ rated version of the game with complete killing scenes details, except a few gore scene cuts, such as shovel decapitations, player castrates an enemy with pliers and cutting head off and lesser blood particles.
To crack and unlock Manhunt 2, users will need to have a .iso disk image of Manhunt 2, and a modded PSP and PS2 with custom firmware capable of running and playing these patched .iso images. If your PSP and PS2 is totally new untouchable as in factory condition, the crack process will likely make the game unplayable. And, for those who play Manhunt 2 on Wii console will probably disappointed as it’s impossible to edit the ISO for Wii games yet as there is no tool to open or recreate a Wii ISO file. Also needed is skill to edit initialization files in game image that explicitly turn off the filter to put in crack code.
Unlock Manhunt 2 for PSP is very easy with the release of auto patcher by a hacker named Skirocket at MaxConsole forum. The Manhunt 2 Censor Patch V3 will removes censors from execution kills, removes camera shake effect, and removes screen fades to black effect at every point of impact in the executions.
Note that the auto patcher only works on the full retail original untouched ISO with file size of 1,299,513,344 bytes, which has to be dumped from DVD. If you have a CSO file, use UMDGEN (download link) to decompress, convert and save the CSO as an ISO. After patching, you can opt to recompress the ISO to CSO with UMDGEN.
To patch the ISO, run ppf-o-matic3.exe, then open the 1.20 GB ISO file, and open the Patch.PPF file. Finally apply the patch. If you wish to remove all modifications to lock the game again, just use the Clean Me.PPF file inside the “Clean Patch” folder.
There is also another hacker zechs6437 that created a XDT patch for the original Manhunt 2 ISO. The patch restore original uncensored executions scenes, and ensure that there is no black fade-in while killing effects. Download the mh2patch.zip and extract the patch into the folder that contains your untouched Manhunt 2 ISO. Then, rename the Manhunt 2 ISO to original.iso. Then run patch.bat and the patched file will be named uncensored.iso.
If you prefer to manually hack and unlock the Manhunt 2, here’s the steps that you can follow:
- Open ISO in UMDGEN.
- Extract PSP_GAME\USRDIR\GLOBAL\LVLSETUP.INI and PSP_GAME\USRDIR\LEVELS\A01_ES\GLVLSET.INI.
- Open the two files with any text editor, and find the following code:
# [GK] execution colour ramp options: flash fadein (sec), flash duration (sec), flash fadeout time (sec) EXECUTION_COLRAMP_TEXTURE FE_execramps
EXECUTION_COLRAMP_FLASH_TIMES 0.25, 0.6, 0.3
Change the code above to look like the following:
# [GK] execution colour ramp options: flash fadein (sec), flash duration (sec), flash fadeout time (sec) EXECUTION_COLRAMP_TEXTURE
EXECUTION_COLRAMP_FLASH_TIMES 200, 0.6, 0.3
The changes of code will exclude and remove the color ramp texture for executions and extend the flash fade-in time to 200 seconds rather than the original 0.25 seconds to avoid full black screen fade effect.
- If you want to remove camera shake effect during execution in the game, locate the following code in GLVLSET.INI file:
CAM_SHAKE_LAT_EXECUTION 3.0, 3.5, 0.75 CAM_SHAKE_ROLL_EXECUTION 1.0, 2.0, 0.9
Change it to:
CAM_SHAKE_LAT_EXECUTION 0, 0, 0.75 CAM_SHAKE_ROLL_EXECUTION 0, 0, 0.9
- Replace original file in PSP_GAME\USRDIR\GLOBAL\LVLSETUP.INI
- Replace original files in all levels in PSP_GAME\USRDIR\LEVELS\ with GLVLSET.INI. There are 17 folders (levels) excluding A13_** which is missing, and the GLVSET.INI inside each level is identical. So only one change to patch GLVLSET.INI will do.
- Save the patched ISO.
- Play Manhunt 2 uncensored.
Gamers with Manhunt 2 for Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) which has Action Replay (AR) or ActionReplay MAX (ARmax) installed will have easier life, as now it’s possible to unlock, uncut and uncensor the Manhunt 2 without any modification to the initialization files. Simply use the GameBreaker cheat codes below to load into ActionReplay. Unfortunately it won’t work on PS3 running in PS2 mode.
Master Codes (M)
Kill Censorship Codes
Super Censored Kills
Directors Cut Kills
Clear Cam Directors Cut Kills
Fully Nonfiltered Gore Mode
The raw HEX address form as below converted from encryption code for ARmax above.
Master Code (M)
Kill Censorship Codes
Super Censored Kills
Director’s Cut Kills
Clear Camera and Director’s Cut Kills
No Filters and Complete Gore Mode
There is also a PPF patcher for Manhunt 2 NTSC ISO using PPF O Matic 3.0 which removes the blur and filter on the images in game and corrects that short fades to black on screen on killing enemy moments.
Download MH2uncut-PS2.v1.0.Maniax.rar from here (registration required). Users will need Manhunt 2.0 NTSC DVD for PS2 ISO image with file size of 2,657,058,816 bytes.
If you prefer to do the mod hack yourself, just follow the mod steps for Manhunt PSP ISO above. For PS2, you will need the Sonix Apache 2.0, a tool for ripping PS2 DVD images with DVD9 dual-layer support (apache2.rar download link, also available Apache 3.0 Preview – Apache3Preview.rar and Apache 1.1 – Apache1.1.rar, both by Sonix). Open the ISO in Apache 2 and replace the modify the LVLSETUP.INI file in the GLOBAL folder.
Alternatively, download the patched LVLSETUP.INI and replace the existing original LVLSETUP.INI in the GLOBAL folder, and then save and burn the ISO out to DVD disc. Play the uncut game.