Usually when you hear 'sick' in a game review, it's not a bad thing. But the Church of England is calling the Playstation 3 game, "Resistance: Fall of Man", sick for other reasons. The church is asking for Sony to take the game off store shelves because it uses Manchester Catherdral as a backdrop for a large battle in the interior of the structure. But the battle is against an alien race, not humans. They probably didn't even see the whole game, if at all.
The bishop of Manchester, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, said: "It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem. For a global manufacturer to recreate one of our great cathedrals with photorealistic quality and then encourage people to have gunbattles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible."
The Church of England will be sending a letter to Sony on Monday. Sony responded by issuing the following statement: "Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is aware of the concerns expressed by the Bishop of Manchester and the cathedral authorities... and we naturally take the concerns very seriously. Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantasy science fiction game and is not based on reality. We believe we have sought and received all permissions necessary for the creation of the game." Sony plans to reply with a more detailed statement on Monday.
Update (June 11, 2007): The church has called on Sony to contribute funds to help Manchester Cathedral combat gun crime, a problem the city has had in recent years. Gamers have posted walkthrough footage of the cathedral on YouTube, and the church isn't happy about that, either. "They can only be described as virtual desecration", said Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester Cathedral.