Manhunt Review

Developer: Rockstar Games Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: November 18, 2003 Also On: PC, PS2, and Xbox

We all know that Rockstar doesn’t make games for the faint of heart. Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, State of Emergency, and Mafia all have “M” ratings because of their graphics and senseless violence (except in Max Payne). All of these games are nothing compared to the bloodiest, goriest game ever to come out of Rockstar; this game is Manhunt. You are Cash, a convicted killer that supposedly was killed by lethal injection but was saved by a mysterious guy that likes blood and gore. He puts you through a series of levels that let you hack up, shoot up, and blow up the “hunters” they are all out to get you and you have to use your skill to survive and try to get a chance at the man forcing you through all of this.

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Manhunt is a perfect blend of dark and eerie scenes and video footage. The environments are fantastic and they have real-time shadowing effects that you will need to use throughout the game. Cash himself looks decent, but for a psychotic killer, he could use some more facial expression. There are different types of gangs that you will face, but in each gang, everyone looks almost the same. Everyone except for a select few are exactly alike. Character models are kind of weak and need some improvement, but there are also very gory effects such as blood splatter, decapitation, and other weird things that deal with death.

Like many of the games out of Rockstar, the sounds are great. The voice acting is very good by the director who sounds like he is getting off from your killings. The sounds of screaming hunters and the creepy music work amazingly with this. You will be afraid to play this game at night. You will be amazed, once again, at Rockstar’s sound team.

Manhunt is extremely fun and addictive to play, but playing this game has to be a sin. Hacking people’s heads off with a machete or cutting a guy’s balls off with a sickle is some nasty stuff, but it sure is fun to do, at least for a sick and sinister person like myself. This should get even more attention than GTA, because of all of the brutality. This has a learning curve that is hard to master for some, but easy for stealth game fans. You will want to play this straight to the end once you start.

Obviously no other games come even close to the bloody killings Manhunt delivers. It really shouldn’t be as gory as it is and only have an “M� rating, instead of the “Adult Only� rating. Manhunt offers 10-20 hours of gameplay if you play on both difficulty settings. There are also 4 unlockable levels for you to play once beating the game. There is no real reason to replay the game after beating it. This is a fun, sadistic, and weird game.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 9
Gameplay: 8.5
Creativity: 8
Replay Value/Game Length: 6.5
Final: 7.8
Written by Shawn Review Guide

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