With the upcoming release of "Manhunt 2", I went over to the
local EB Games to pick up the 2003 original PS2 version of "Manhunt"
just so I could be prepped for the sequel.
Understand me when I say this, folks--"Manhunt" is the most
violent game I have ever played. That's a big deal for me
since I've played almost everything and seen it all in major-release
video games...boy, this puppy is flat-out nasty at times.
Ripping a bit of plot from the great Schwarzenegger actioner "The
Running Man", you play a convict who is dropped into a world of
gangs whose only task is to kill you, all for TV entertainment run
by a nasty TV producer (voiced by movie star Brian Cox).
Conversely, this producer can also benefit by watching you take out
all of the even-worse-convicts, too, as long as you do it in the
most violent means possible.
What does this mean? In this world, it's most ideal to kill
folks using some stealth--hiding in the shadows, waiting to take on
baddies one-by-one in a third-person perspective--and creeping up
behind guys to kill them with hatchets, sickles, glass shards,
plastic bags, knives or billy clubs, all for the love of the
audience. When you execute bad guys successfully, the game
cuts to a cinema of the kill, each with three varying levels of
nastiness...man, when you get a guy with that hatchet for the first
The game's good for a while, but the larger issue here is the
game's length. 20 levels is too long for this nonsense, and
the story development here is very, very poor. Developed by
the same guys that did "Grand Theft Auto", the graphics and
targeting systems are generally not great but the recorded dialogue
varies between frightening and hilarious, always to perfect effect.
Guns become a part of the arsenal later in the game, and "Manhunt"
gets pretty hard in its last five levels or so. It's an
adventure that is pretty rough to sit through but as a gaming
experience, it'll hook you, especially if you're cool with watching
guys regularly get it in the worst possible way all game long.
Feedback? Comments? Hot doughnut tip?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience