A video game has been banned in Ireland for the first time. The Film Censor’s Office made the decision because the game, Manhunt 2, contained an unacceptable level of violence.

The Film Censor, John Kelleher, claims the game features gross levels of manipulation and torture.

Mr Kelleher said he recognises that in some films or video games strong graphic violence may be a justifiable element within the overall context of the work. However, he said that in the case of this game, there was no context and the brutality was unrelenting and gratuitous.

Britain has also banned the game. The British Board of Film Classification said it did not take the decision lightly but it was not possible to modify the game to tone down the violence. The board said that Manhunt 2 was bleak and callous and encouraged visceral killing.