"if you've hacked your way through the most violent games available and still want more blood and sick, twisted, violence then look no further." - GameChronicles.com
"it deserves both the success, and the revulsion it receives." - ArmchairEmpire.com
They just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again.
America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, for sport. This time James Earl Cash, you are the sport.
They gave you your life back. Now, they are going to hunt you down.
You awake to the sound of your own panicked breath. You must run, hide and fight to survive. If you can stay alive long enough, you may find out who did this to you.
This is a brutal blood sport.
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Rockstar is known for the GTA franchise, made Bully, the masterpiece Red Dead Redemption, summing up is a company that I have not seen wrong in any game, but then I discovered a Manhunt that was released in 2003, a time that still Rockstar had not even made the GTA San Andreas yet, so is Manhunt good? Yes he is good, in fact he is very good, the problem that the game had was his controversy at the time, which gave a lot of headache for Rockstar, much more headache than Bully for example, had several processes, Had a case of death that according to people had something to do with the game, but I ask, the game is for adults not for children, if a child plays a game for bigger and was influenced by the game, this is the parents' fault Of the person and not of Rockstar, now talking about the game he has a heavy story, and involves the snuff movies, which for those who do not know are video that are found in the sub-world of the internet and are videos of people being really dead, without No special effects, the plot is macabre and interesting, the main character is as dangerous as the enemies, the game has Stealth elements, there are parts that you can not see, it gets difficult at each stage, but it's not such a difficult game , The graphics are well made, the deaths are heavy S, has shocking moments in the game, the soundtrack combines with the game, the environment is somber, and the final scene even being heavy, it is gratifying.
When this came out, everyone talked about it. It It is one of those games...the controversial ones, like Postal, or Mortal Kombat, or today, hatred. News stations used to call this a murder simulator, that will train kids how to torture and maim their peers. The deaths in this game are brutal, and graphic...but what about the actual gameplay? Manhunt is essentially just a stealth action game, where you have to hide from people, that are actively hunting you in an arena, and kill them. Stay behind them longer, and you can kill them more brutally. You have to stay behind cover, because as it is the case in most sneakiy-sneaky titles, they are armed with assault rifles, while you are armed literally with paper bags and construction equipment. Fortunately, they are not too smart, hence they agreed to hunt a serial killer in a dark building, full of other idiots with guns. After a while you get a nailgun, which works basically as a real gun, and after that the game turns into a standard issue TPS. There are quite a few levels left in the game at that point, but it hastens your progress so much, that you can complete the rest in one sitting, even if you have other things to do that day. The isn't bad, but it isn't good either. My little brother brother played it when he was twelve, so even thought it is rather graphic, it's also very forgettable. Maybe the reason for that is because you don't actually do the killing yourself, just press a button, and watch someone else do it for you.
This is easily in my top 20 if not top 10 video games of all time. I personally like really dark and violent media as well as the concept of snuff films in fiction. Now, when you combine that with Rockstar Games package (Great humour, writing, voicework, visuals etc) you get this masterpiece. Taking place in the Grand Theft Auto universe, you play as James Earl Cash; a death row inmate who's execution was faked and who is forced by a perverted snuff film director to partake in the ultimate snuff film. You have to kill your way through the crappy part of the already crappy Carcer City in parts of the town that the director (Starkweather) has fixed with an infinite supply of cameras. As the action escalates you are put up against tougher and more disturbing gangs until finally you are thrown into an insane asylum overrun by some disturbed and heavily armed crazies. Rarely does a game reach this level of brutality and grit. Humour is thrown in the game in the form of funny enemy dialogue and the director(played expertly by the wonderful Brian Cox) speaking to you and encouraging you via an earpiece. The darkness and humour works together superbly. While I do like Manhunt 1 and 2 in their old school Rockstar Games glory, I really hope that Rockstar decides to work on a third installment with the new technology. I prefer Rockstar back when they did games around these times due partially to the Rockstar Games look, but I cannot deny how great their writing and gameplay works with their recent games. GTA V being a masterpiece. I can not imagine how much of an insane and breathtaking experience a Manhunt game in the current era would be to have.
The game is not aging well. Featuring a third person stealth game with an interface from GTA, Rockstar went violent with this game. A controversial game where you brutally kill the enemies that sounds fun but it is not. When you start playing it is ok, the executions are as brutal as you may think and that's probably the reason why you are playing this, but that just ends. Once you've seen the executions what is left is a third person stealth/action game with nothing to add to the genre, and that's something that comes pretty soon in the game. So, a couple of hours of fun and nothing else for the rest of the game.
I remember playing this game back when it came out for PS2, it was funny because it was gory. I don't think I enjoy that now that I'm grown up. Something to highlight is the story, besides the dark brutality of the game most of the time, the story is quite good. But again doesn't justify some of the most cruel scenes IMO. This game is like the movie 'HOSTEL', it's violence wrapped with an argument. But the center of the whole thing is not the argument, so don't go for it if you think it's the most important thing on this title.
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