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Manhunt is the game that has been labelled as the most violent game in the history of computer games when it was first released.
The games follows Cash, a convicted murder that is about to have his sentence of the death penalty completed, when it is stopped by an unknown stranger, that that can only be heard but not seen; but he is watching you. He 'directs' Cash through the different levels of the game, as he directs his snuff movie.
The game is played through the standard third person perspective as you control cash though the different levels. Usually the game will have you need to complete different objectives through the levels, such as take somebody out and then travel across and area to the other side to be able to go the next level.
Throughout the game there are a variety of weapons that can be used, from the basic hand to hand combat and hand held weapons like glass shards and plastic bags all the way to hand guns and shotguns.
Throughout the game, there is the objective of trying to get the goriest kill, with hand held items, this is done by following your target and a circle appearing and changing colour the longer your there, once in the red, this is the most goriest. Each level of gory will show a different cut scene of you kill the person and differs by each weapon used.
One of the biggest problems with the game, is that once you get past the gore, there is nothing to the game that has not been seen before in other games and you can be quite bored of the game. This has meant that I have often played the game for a while and then leaving it for a couple of months before returning to complete it. So over all the game is not the best that I have ever played.
Rockstar have certainly proved time and again that there's more to their repetoire than the Grand Theft Auto games, perhaps no more than in Manhunt which, whilst as insanely violent, if not moreso, than the GTA games, has a very different take story-wise. It is inspired in a large way by the superb Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man. The game also was embroilled in a lot of controversy over its violent content, which say something of a re-evaluation of both content and rating standards.
You play James Earl Cash, a death row inmate who has been granted a chance to earn his freedom by a mysterious man known only as The Director. He proposes that if you can fight and murder your way through a number of stages, which are televised, then you will earn your freedom.
Visually, this is a very impressive game - it's rather dark in subject matter, and thus the environments are also quite grimy, which opposes the bright, cartoonish visuals of GTA. The renderings are nevertheless very good, and the sound department also triumphs - the voice work is very well acted, the sound effects are very realistic, and the music is moody and very atmospheric, adding to the tension of the game.
The controls take a few minutes to get used to, but largely, the gameplay is very fun indeed. It's also a sight more difficult than the GTA games, and offers a very legitimate challenge, asking that you hone your stealth skills if you want an eas(ier) run through the game. Also, gunfights are more tactical than brainless, and mastering the cover system is the order of the day here. The only problem really is that it requires a lot more patience than the GTA games - it's a lot harder to simply pick up, and some people aren't going to like it simply because the pace is a lot slower, and there's no casual mode, whereas GTA allowed you to simply roam and cause chaos.
An impressive outing even if it's not terribly accessible - ultra-violent, and with a fun, pulpy premise.
Manhunt is an action game developed by Rockstar for the Playstation 2.
The story follows the character of James Earl Cash, he has been sentenced to death by lethal injection but somehow manages to survive, you learn that this is no co incidence. You have been recruited by the "Director" who promises that you will have your freedom but only if you help him first, you do this by performing brutal kills which the Director will watch through cameras and delights in watching these acts of violence and passing them onto others. It's a pretty creepy tale but after the initial burst of story doesn't really go any deeper.
The game is largely a stealth based affair and you will have to stick to the shadowy areas of the game and keep quiet if you don't want to be destroyed by the games various enemies. You can distract them by throwing objects and sneak around them or lure them into an idea position for you to attack. It's quite a satisfying feeling to sneak behind your foe and take them out.
You can attack your foes with a variety of weaponry ranging from a humble plastic bag, knifes, axes, clubs and later on in the game you will come across a variety of firearms which you can use a lockon combat system similar to Grand Theft Auto to gun down your foes.
The execution moves in Manhunt are what will score you the most points and at these moments the game is at its most graphic and brutal, the game switches to the Directors view from a security camera and you can see your character horrifically mutilate his enemy. These scenes can be a little disturbing so this is not a game for younger players.
Graphics could be ripped straight from Grand Theft Auto but without the massive free roaming environments, the game is good at capturing a dark and gritty environment.
Manhunt is a violent action game that may shock you at points, due to its graphic nature I wouldn't give this to a younger player.
Name - Manhunt
Game Type - Action Horror
Publisher - Rockstar Games
Released - Nov 2003
Age Rating - 18
Players - 1
Other systems released for - Xbox and PC
Price - Currently £14.78 from Amazon.co.uk
The game is based loosely on the film the running man with the same kind of ideas, there is 20 levels to play and 4 extra levels to unlock as well. The game is played in the third person perspective.
You play as James Earl Cash a death row inmate awaiting execution by lethal injection in the fictional city of Carcer, the game starts with journalist reporting on your execution. After the execution is shown you awake in a room to find that you have only been sedated and a person known only as the Director offers you your freedom if you follow their directions. You get released and have to try and escape the neighbour whilst the action is all recorded by the Director for entertainment. After being betrayed by the Director you have to escape from the police, gangs, mercenaries and a swat team and try to find out who is behind this.
Game Play - A good story with a good plot and decent action that moves along pretty quickly.
Graphics - The graphics are good and the camera angle works well, the game uses the lightings and background well to set a good atmosphere.
Difficulty - The game itself is not really that hard to complete as none of the enemies are really that hard to complete, although you might need to practice a bit for some of the more harder areas.
I'd have let this game slip by me but noticing the Rockstar Games logo I was compelled to buy it, for those of you unfamiliar with Rockstar they are the absolute geniuses that brought us the Grand Theft Auto series. If you are looking for a game like GTA this couldn't be more different. In GTA you with full health and body armour and a shotgun you can easily take out 50 guys. In Manhunt with full health you are only an inch away from death.
You play the game as James Cash sentenced to death by the law, abandoned by all of humanity. You wake up later, very much alive. You hear some freaky voice ordering you to follow his instructions and the game begins, At first you notice it plays nothing like GTA although it is a 3rd person action game ( you see the whole player instead of just a weapon or fist which is 1st person ),in Manhunt stealth is everything you must use stealth to stay alive. Your only friends are the shadows, distracting your enemies is a must by tapping on the walls (very Metal Gear Solid) and lobbing bottles.
If you thought this was just a standard 3rd person action game you couldn't be more wrong. The game is gruesome, very sickly as you use a large arsenal to take out your enemies. In this game you can only carry 3 weapons one light weapon such as a plastic bag, light weapons can only be used once, a medium weapon maybe a meat cleaver and a heavy weapon possibly a sawn off shotgun. This forces you to think tactically and is great.
Basically in Manhunt the more sick the better as you are awarded points for the execution style, with weapons such as knives and bats you can hold down the attack buttons to great effect, you have the normal attacks but the finishing attacks are special ,the crosshair helpfully lets you know how strongly you're going to finish the guy off. Green being a light attack, but it does the job, a yellow crosshair indicates a fierce attack and red is an attack so brutal it's hard to describe. I don't like the fact that whenever you execute an enemy the game goes to a cut scene where you can watch the kill in all its bloody glory. Good the first few times but it does feel slightly gimmicky and it can get tiresome.
The sound is so spine tingling, with horror styled music creeping you out in total style with the music jumping in volume and speed when the enemies spot you. The best bit is the voices the voice acting is terrific, nothing is more chilling than hearing an enemy mutter about how he's going to kill you, there is a lot of crazy talk to keep you entertained.
The graphics are more GTA than Metal Gear Solid though, for such an adult game the graphics are a bit of a letdown, slightly grainy, the gang members look a bit cartoony with brightly coloured costumes and masks. James (Mr. Cash) looks a real dodgy fellow; with a shaved head (like Hitman) and a prison uniform definitely not someone to meet on a dark night. Blood, there is a lot of this in the game but it remains a bright red colour. The scenery is no disappointment, complete with dark dingy alleyways and trashed buildings setting the scene nicely.
The game is pretty tricky sometimes and it can become repetitive and very frustrating later on when you just can't get past a certain mission. The controls are simple and there are few attack combos to master which helps keep further complication to a minimum.
This game is best played on a dark stormy night with no one around so you can really enjoy the full creepiness of the game (it nearly gave me a heart attack!). A great effort but I do find GTA more appealing. If you like lots of blood and creeping around this is for you. If you like blood but prefer to be a gun slinging hero try GTA.
Released in 2003, MANHUNT is perhaps best known for being the most controversial computer game ever released. Designed by the same people behind the GRAND THEFT AUTO franchise (itself no stranger to controversy) it tells the story of a convicted felon, James Earl Cash, who, instead of being given the lethal injection, is released into a limited area of Carcer City to hunt down and brutally murder assorted gang members under the tutledge of a man known only as The Director who films the whole shebang for a snuff movie. ROCKSTAR GAMES have always enjoyed pushing the boundaries with their games, one of their titles last year called BULLY faced wholesale media damnation and could only be released on PS2 as CANEM CANIS EDIT, (though has since come out on the XBOX360 as BULLY again now that the media storm has died down and people have actually seen that the game condemns bullying and doesn't condone it as they feared it might without actually playing the damn thing in the first place!!) but this has got to be the furthest they have tested the waters to date. In 2004 the game was linked by the media to the murder of Stefan Pakeerah and, although police could never actually find a link between the two, nonetheless the game recieved a kind of notoriety for being the training guide needed for becoming a serial killer. A sequel to MANHUNT (imaginably titled MANHUNT2) still remains to be released after much controversy of it's own and repeated banning of submitted edits by the BBFC!!! Whether or not we ever get to see it remains to be seen but so far thankfully, this original game has not yet been successfully banned despite it's bad reputation which ultimately has only boosted it's profile and sold more copies!! Figure that one out!!!
The fact of the matter is this is an ADULT game and as such should only be played by adults. It is exceedingly graphic and allows you to despatch your enemies with everything from a shard of glass through the eye, a plastic bag, baseball bats and a crowbar amongst other things. Later you get firearms but to begin with you have to improvise with whatever is closest to hand. Holding down the targeting button in stealth mode also enables you to perform nastier kills for which you get higher points and you can carry around human heads if you choose which can later be thrown to distract the enemy if they start getting too close to where you are hiding in the shadows whilst waiting for the perfect oppotunity to strike.
Yes, this is a sick game and yes it is heavily laced with violence. But does it deserve it's bad reputation- no, not really. What difference is there between this and the hundreds of war games available out there where you can despatch dozens of lives in the blink of an eye as you storm through levels as much like a gun-crazy teenager as any military commando? The only thing that damns this game is the method of killing and to be fair the only people you kill here are those who are hunting you in return in any case. Not innocent soldiers sent out to fight for their country whose only crime is being on the wrong side as decided by whomever is winning the war.
The controls are relatively simple and the basic concept of MANHUNT is similar to any other stealth game you might have played. If you try to take on more than one enemy at once, you are going to get your ass handed you with a spoon. If you run straight in yelling and screaming, then you will die very quickly. No this is all about hiding in the shadows and picking people off and in that respect is a brilliant strategy game. The game has two difficulty settings- fetish and hardcore- but it is only in fetish that you get a radar to show you what enemies are within earshot and if they are suspicious of your presence. Play in hardcore and you have only your eyes, ears and wit to aid you. Scoring high opens 4 mini-games with such elaborate titles as MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DIE (try and work out that one if you dare) and if you have a headset of the variety used in games such as SOCCOM, then you can hear The Dirctor's voice directly in your ear. Of course this also means you have to be quiet too and not speak into the microphone unless you are trying to distract your enemies. Don't do what I did and mid-game turn to your wife and ask her for a cup of tea or you will return to the screen to find your character getting his head kicked in by multiple enemies thinking all their birthdays have come at once!!!
It's not all about just killing either- there actually IS a cohesive storyline that you follow as you play. In later missions, you must protect a journalist trying to expose The Director from corrupt police officers paid to make her disappear and there is a fellow snuff star named PIGGY who you also have to face. If I had one complaint it is not that the game is sickeningly violent (I already knew that because I read the back cover and made sure I had all the facts I needed before purchasing the game- it's an 18 rating what did you expect fluffy bunnies??!!??) it is that the end battle and scenes are disapointingly short and that, after all you have gone through to get there, are over too too quickly.
Things I love about the game are that it is set in the same universe as GTA so there are plenty of subtle references to pick up on. Carcer City, the setting for MANHUNT, is itself mentioned on the radio broadcasts on GTA 3!!! Also that this is an unashamedably adult game designed for adults by adults with all the graphic violence and thrills an adult game quite rightly deserves!!!!
Don't play this if you are of a weak disposition!! Don't play this if you abhor violence!! Don't play this if you are easily offended!!
Take a hint- you are probably the kind of person CRASH BANDICOOT or RATCHETT AND CLANK were designed for- don't try and stop me from playing games I want to play!!! I am old enough to make up my own mind!!!!
Somewhere in America criminal James Earl Cash is waiting to receive the lethal injection on death row. The moment comes, he trys to fight it but cant break out his straps and sinks into the dreary darkness of the afterlife.
Or so he thinks! Cash wakes to the sound of a ear piece, in a sealed room. A voice comes through from a man at this point only referring to himself as 'the director' (we soon find out his name Starkweather), he tells cash he was only sedated but the whole world thinks he's dead, that if he just follows his instructions he'll be a free man before the night is out. Cash takes the earpiece and is then directed into what can only be described as a ghetto like neighbourhood, instructing him to sneak through the shadows and brutally murder every member of a gang know as 'The Hoods', using whatever he can find (with broken pieces of glass and plastic bags being the weapons of choice for the first level), while the director films everything for illegal 'snuff' videos.
Don't get me wrong this is NOT a game for the weak at heart or the easily offended. This is one of the most violent games you can find mixed in to stealth game at the level as such others like Splinter Cell. You have no hi-tek gadgets, just basic weapons (bricks, bottles, crowbars, hammers, baseball bats etc, with it moving on to firearms later into the game) to batter your enemy senceless with or use to misdirect them and skip past.
The main way to kill people is to sneak up behind then, wait for the targetting circle to go white, hold the button in till the circle changes colour depending on what you wish to do (white is a quick kill, yellow medium violence, and red for the most violent), release and watch as you kill another gang member.
The guns add another dimension to the game as once these are available you can use the free aim for head shots for quick kills, but of course your enemys come packing aswell.
There is a particular level near the end where you are in the grounds of a massive mansion, with a maze, graveyard etc and a whole lot of 'hunters' looking for you. The level is very dark (as is most of the game) which I used to my advantage to take out each one of my enemy one by one, either with head shots or the sneak kills, then picking up the bodies and hiding them so no-one was alerted to my presence. You don't have to do it that way, in fact you can get where you need to be on this level without having to kill alot of the enemys, get into the mansion and find a sniper rifle to take out any people you passed by in the gardens, it just shows that several levels can be completed in varying ways depending on your own choice.
The option of using the PS2's headset/mic combo brings a new level to the game, with Starkweathers instructions coming through the headset only and the user having to be very careful not to cough or speak into the mic for fear of alerting gang members to their presence.
There are 4 bonus games which can be unlocked by finishing the games normal levels with high scores, (execution like kills getting the highest) which are quite fun to play. I'll not spoil it for you what they are but I will say they are worth unlocking.
The controls are easy to use and shouldnt be a problem for most people, but I do warn you have patience the first time you are about to sneak up and execute someone, it does take alittle bit for the circle to change colour from white.
Many people will be put off by the violence, many wont have the patience to spend so long sneaking about in the shadows, but if your a fan of films like Saw or Hostel and you have the patience to play this sort of game then Manhunt is a must have!
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar North
Genre: Stealth/ Third-Person Shooter
Release Date: Nov 21, 2003
Age Rating: 18+ for Blood and gore, intense violence and strong language
Number of Players: 1
Developer Site: www.rockstarnorth.com
Product Site: www.rockstargames.com/manhunt
Memory Card Usage: 120KB minimum
Rockstar Games-if youre a gamer you must know who these guys are. They are one of the most controversial, boundary pushing developers ever. Yet, you can not deny they make excellent games. While there biggest franchise is the controversial Grand Theft Auto series, they have made many other great games, including Manhunt; the Midnight Club series; the Max Payne series; Red Dead Revolver-the list goes on!
Manhunt was, like its cousin GTA, very controversial. It was much more violent and in fact nearly got banned after it apparently caused someone to kill his friend after playing the game, though the police denied the link between the game and the murder. But the Manhunt controversy hasnt ended here, as Rockstar planned to release its sequel this Friday but the BBFC refused to give it a rating, which basically banned it from the UK. The Irish Board followed after, and it got banned in the US after it got an Adult only rating (the highest rating in the US) and Sony/Nintendo prevented it from being on the system.
In Manhunt the tale is that James Earl Cash, the person youll be playing as, is about to be executed for an unknown crime. Except rather than giving him a lethal injection, they gave him an injection which only put him to sleep. When he awakens, he finds a headset and a creepy man called Starkweather talking to him on the other side. He basically tells him if you help me then Ill help you. Seems the help that Starkweather wanted was for Cash to go around killing people for a Snuff Film. Now, Cash must sneak and kill if hes going to survive. I was actually really intrigued by the plot and I was hoping it would go in lots of different directions, but thats not to be sadly. If didnt really go anywhere and there were little twists or turns. But I was still intrigued to see what happens in the end, and though it seemed like a cliché, if you play the game youll understand why it wasnt.
The controls are basic. You move around with the left analog stick and control the camera with the right analog stick. The right stick can also switch targets while on lock-on. Locking on can be done with the L1 button. The R1 button makes you sprint. Strafing can be done with L2/R2 buttons and if you hold them together you can quickly do a 180-degree turn. The X Button is used for the light attack and firing the weapon as well as throwing lures. The square button does a strong attack and reloads the weapon. To do a stealth kill you press or hold either the Square or X button.
A unique thing you can use is the USB headset in the game as well. I borrowed a headset from a mate to test this out. What you use this for is to listen to Starweather right in your ear, as well as causing distraction with your voice rather than using bottles or bricks. Its a unique idea, but sadly it was a little annoying as if you breathed heavily or coughed or anything like that the guards will know youre there, which caused some accidental deaths. If you dont cough much and can breath quietly then this is cool but if not you may want to avoid using this.
Manhunt has two types of gameplay:stealth and third-person shooting. Both of them come together really well and the tense atmosphere add to make a truly superb gaming experience. The stealth gameplay is like Splinter Cell and Hitman, only quite stripped down. It plays like a game of hide and seek, as you use the shadow to hide and sneak up behind enemies to kill them. If youre caught, you can fight them up front or run and hide. Its pretty brutal as the combat is up close, and the stealth kills (or executions) are plain violent.
With the stealth gameplay, there are many places to hide (mostly in dark places) and weapons to use. You basically hide, wait for an opening and kill. The way executions work is that you use a stealth weapons (which include bats, wires, knives, glass shards and more weapons of the like) to do this. You sneak up behind enemies, press or hold down one of the two attack buttons and you perform a kill on them.
If you hold down the attack buttons you can perform more brutal kills. When you do a stealth kill three arrows appear above the enemies. If you press the button white arrows appear the enemies, which is a basic kill. Hold the button until the arrows turn yellow and youll do a mildly gory kill. But hold the button down until the arrows turn red and youll do a really brutal kill. There are lots of different weapons to kill your enemies with, and with the fact that you can do three different kills on each weapon it means theres lots of kills to do.
If you get caught, you can use combat to kill your enemies. The combat is quite simple, if not a little brain dead. You have two different attacks (light and strong) which can be pressed three times for combos. Also, you can mix the two types of attacks together to perform different combos. Thats pretty much it. But you can not only use your fists, but lots of close range weapons which are also used for stealth kills. Bats, pipes, crowbars, wires, glass shards-you can use them all to kill. It adds some variety, but for the most part the combat is quite dumb.
You can also use distractions to help. You can mostly throw things to distract enemies. You can usually throw bottles, bricks and other things of that nature. This will usually draw them to a location and is your chance to strike. You can also leave bodies around to call them over and strike, though you have to be careful when youre facing the Police or SWAT as theyll just shoot randomly and can cost you health. Like I mentioned before, you can use a USB headset to call distractions, but breathing and coughing, sneezing etc. will cause them to be distracted, causing accidental kills. I didnt really enjoy the USB headset as it was just annoying.
Like I mentioned before, the game is part stealth part shooting. The shooting mostly consists of lots of rooms with lots of guys with weapons to kill. It sounds brain dead, but the weapons go a long way. First off, these sections are as hard as hell. Its probably mostly because Cash can die easily and there are lots of bad guys. It can frustrate you at times, but its not impossible to pass.
Anyways, the shooting mechanics are simple. You find a gun, lock onto an enemy and kill. If you need to reload you can find a place to take cover and reload and fire again. Its a little too simple, but the weapons really make this more forgivable. The weapons are really powerful thanks to loud gunshots and the fact that if you go up close to an enemy and watch someones head blow off is a little gratifying seeing as theyre trying to kill you. Yet, all the gore can make you go a bit numb.
There are quite a few guns in the game. Youll have your standard weapons like Pistols and Revolvers which are good for getting up close and shooting heads off. Then theres the shotguns which are good if you want to keep your distance but not go too far away. Then theres the assault rifles which are great for lots of enemies as you simple hold the lock-on button and fire away at the enemies and youll pretty much make it through. There are other weapons as well; like the nail gun, the tranquilizer gun and even the Chainsaw, which is used at the last level, which is disappointing. Ammo isnt sparse in the game, though it depends if they enemies have the same weapon, as if youre enemies dont then youll need to ditch the gun and get the popular one.
The level design is very linear. Unlike its GTA cousin, Manhunt doesnt have a huge, sprawling world where you can hijack cars and wander around the world. The missions pretty much put you on a set track where you have to go to a location or do a task (like kill a psycho who is dressed in a womans skirt and take him to the Guard Room). With the stealth missions theres quite a bit of variety, but in the shooting missions it can get slightly repetitive.
The games A.I. is good and bad, depending on what kind of gameplay youre playing. If youre doing stealth, the games A.I. does a decent job. The thugs arent like the A.I. in Tenchu where they have the attention span of fruit flies and forget anything happened. They usually return to their post because theyre lazy bums. But if you keep getting caught theyll start to get really suspicious and keep searching. But with the stealth, theyre a bit dumb. Theyll just come at you and risk their life for the most part (unless theyre snipers then theyll just keep still). Its a complete change in A.I.
Cash does have health here, and hell lose it quite easily. There are many painkillers around the place, theyll restore about half your health which is good. But there are less painkillers around the place as you progress through the game. Unlike Hitman, there are checkpoints around the place where you can restart. Its also a chance for you to save your progress. But like the painkillers, they are less and less as your progress through the game. It certainly makes the game harder.
The games difficulty level also changes depending on what type of gameplay youre in. If you doing stealth, the game can be hard at times if theres lots of enemies or if you do something stupid like run in front of the enemy. It can be easy at times with stealth though. But the shooting is different, as theres lots of enemies and little painkillers and checkpoints. It gets harder throughout the game, as theres less painkillers and the checkpoints seem more and more apart from each other.
Visually, Manhunt looks stunning. Ill admit, when I looked at the screenshots, I wasnt that impressed. It looked washed out, grainy and a little dirty. The character models impressed me and the environments looked good so I gave it a chance. But when I started playing Manhunt, I was stunned. It turns out that the whole game is a snuff film, so the grainy look really suited the game. Also, the washed out look made it look even more like a snuff film. It looked excellent. The game uses an effect which looks like an old VCR tape. There are static lines across the screen when you do a stealth kill on someone or when youre watching cut scenes (full motion or in-engine). Its a unique style and it really appealed to me, especially with the subject matter.
Also, the other things like the environments and characters helped and looked excellent. The character design (especially one of the bosses at the end) looked a little weird. A lot of the characters wear masks, whether theyre hockey masks, skeleton masks or masks covered in blood. The clothes they wear can be weird, especially the people in the asylum as some of the hunters wear women skirts. It is just bizarre.
The environments are also pretty creepy. The city of Carcer is run down, grungy and pretty dirty. Youll go in alleyways, parks, an asylum, the sewers and more. All of the levels look quite detailed and suit the mature tone of the game. A little more interactivity wit the environment would have been nice though. Also, the game has some great lighting. The game takes place all in the night. Theres some places where theres some light, but for the most part, the game is dark. The thing about it is the game isnt completely pitch black, aside from the places you can hide in. The hiding places are completely black, so its easy to pick out the hiding places.
The best thing about the graphics is the animation. Everything is so realistic; from the walking animation to the cutscene animation-its all so smooth. The death animation is great as well, as the goons try to struggle but end up dying. Theres some use of realistic physics as well, in particular theres a level where theres lots of bodies hanging (gruesome!) and when you walk into them theyll swing back and forth lifelessly. Speaking of which, the use of gore in Manhunt is over the top. Youll see heads being chopped off, blood splattering everywhere, (as mentioned before) bodies hanging and more. Its so gruesome.
The key to making an atmospheric stealth game is to make excellent sound, and perhaps the best thing about the game is the sound, particularly the soundtrack. The games soundtrack is perfect. It has a creepy vibe to it, making the game really atmospheric. Also, the pace of the music changes as you play. If youre just exploring and theres no guards after you the music is pretty low though can still be a bit creepy, but if youre spotted or are in a gunfight, the music is really high and creepy at the max. Also, the music gets more tenser as you get closer and closer to any danger, which is a nice touch.
The voice acting in the game is high quality as well. While Cash barely speaks, when he does speak, his gruff voice really suits him. Also, he rarely sounds panicked, which makes him look like a hard nut. But even better is Starkweather. Played by Brian Cox, whom youll know from films like the recent Zodiac; Troy and X-Men 2, as well as starring in another videogame known as Killzone; he is excellent. Hes this sarcastic, sadistic man who pretends to like Cash but you can tell he clearly doesnt. Yet, strangely, I got a vibe that Starweather was on our side, as he was a bit charismatic.
Also, the guards will taunt you endlessly. The acting is good, but what they say is great. If they havent spotted you yet, theyll whine and complain because theyre a bunch of lazy bums. But If they suspect something, theyll start saying things like This is my lucky day, only to be disappointed if you get away. Or theyll be confused and say things like I swear I saw something. If they spot you, theyll say things like Kill the f***!. Though it sounds scary, its also quite humorous at times as sometimes youll hear them talking to themselves. The thing about it is youll rarely hear the guard spout the same thing twice. Because theres so many different types of enemies, youll be hard pressed to hear the same thing said twice throughout the whole game.
Effects are also excellent. Youll hear Cashs heart beat as youre about to do a stealth kill, which is a nice touch. The blood splatter is good as well, as is the sound of you stabbing an enemy. The sounds of gunfire are loud, which is quite scary. Also, they actually sound like guns, not weak toys. Footsteps are also done well, as depending on what type of surface you stand on the sound will change. But the sounds of executions are the stand-out, as theyre gruesome, creepy and pretty cool. The screams of the victims, the slash of knifes or the strikes of bats and pipes as well as the blood splatter all combine to make killing truly scary.
Manhunt will take you a good fifteen to twenty hours to finish, and theres quite a bit of value. There are two difficulty levels so youll want to play on the other difficulty level and theres the fact that you can play through any level again so you can improve your rating. Plus, theres four unlockable missions, extending the games value even more. And, I had fun having another play through to see how much Ive improved since I first started.
Manhunt may not look like much, but once you start playing, youll realise this is excellent. The mechanics are simple, but they are executed really well and the intense atmosphere and excellent presentation go a long way. If you want a stealth game as complicated as something like Splinter Cell or Metal Gear Solid, this isnt it and you may want to find this very cheap, but if you dont mind simplicity and want something thats pretty to look at and excellent to listen to then this is a must have. Its also a great way to start if you want to get into stealth games, thanks to its simplicity. If you can handle lots of gore then this is something thatll make you think to yourself Rockstar have done it again!.
-(If You Like This I'd Suggest)-
Metal Gear Solid
-(Where You Can Buy It)-
Amazon:£14.47 or used and new from £8.00
You can also buy the strategy guide used and new from £4.98
Genre = Stealth-Action
Developer = Rockstar
Publisher = Rockstar
Players = 1
Age = 18+
This is such a great game, but I tell you now that this is an adult game as it contains a lot of blood, gore and swearing too. If you can handle that and you like the sound of it then read on.
This is a great stealth game, you will need to plan your attacks and timing, as this game is set in the night and dark areas, you can get nice and close. When your ready to attack you can jump out and do a violate stealth kill where you pull a big knife out and start to chop the mans head right off.
The graphics are pretty good, gritty which is just right for this game. There's great shadow and lighting effects. You will have to check to darkness settings on options to get it just right. Its Very bloody and gory so be warning at its a 18+. A nice trick is that all the weapons you have can be seen on your body. e.g brick or bottle in back pocket, smaller weapon on right and a bigger/better weapon an back.
Music is excellent, its horror, spooky, scary time of music that fits in perfect. All the enemies talk to them self's or others, which is always funny. Sound is top too, every thing you walk on sounds different, guns have guns sounds and the melee weapons you can here them hitting the bones of people and cutting though the flesh.
The controls are easy to use and learn as long as you listen to the instructions on the first level, which in its self is a partly training level. Camera angles are very good, you can move it when need too aswell.
The gameplay is excellent, very great atmosphere, levels can be hard at times. It's a stealth game at heart, with the later levels have guns that turns the play more into action shooting. The stealth kills are very brutally but great, all melee weapons have 3 different kills.
The replay value is pretty high, although some levels are short you can replay them for a better rating which unlocks 4 bonus levels (very fun crazy and mad) and secret cheats. If you really love this game, you'll be replaying it a good few times. Would be great if they added a co-op mode to play too.
Those that love horror, blood and gore should get it right now. Those that don't, well they probably now reading this.
Graphics - 8/10
Sound/Music - 10/10
Controls - 9/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Replay Value - 8/10
FINAL RATING - 9.0/10
Thanks for Reading.
This game is an 18 rated game, and in this case definitely should not be purchased for anyone under that age. Ratings are there for a reason and this game is no exception. Manhunt is notorious for almost being banned by the same parents who purchased the game for their underage children, totally ignoring the ratings system that would normally decide what films they take their children to see.
Manhunt 2 has of course now been banned, partly I think as a result of the uproar from parents that accompanied Manhunt 1. I was looking forward to Manhunt 2 on the Wii as it would have been interesting to see how they would have made the execution scenes work.
I enjoy 18 rated games, as I have now mostly grown out of Pacman and Sonic the Hedgehog and want a game that I can get into and feel is believable. I also enjoy any film that causes controversy eg Clockwork Orange, Hostel etc.
This game was a combination of both, plus it was in the sale for 14.99 (when I bought it a couple of years ago). In light of the the recent banning of MH2 I got the desire to get the game back out of it's box and try and complete it.
The game begins with you having been 'killed'. However you weren't really, it was like you had been on a rather horrific version of Beadles About. You come to and find your life is being controlled by someone who wants to make violent films and sets up situations for you to complete (the director he's called). You are judged in each sector by the level of violence you use and the extremeness of your executions, and your speed.
The idea of the game is to move from one area to the next avoiding detection wherever possible, however this doesn't mean that you don't need to kill anyone. You need to kill all enemies to move on, and the more viciously the better. Sometimes you need to get the enemies attention, eg by throwing a brick, bottle or head if one happens to be lying around. They'll investigate and then when their back is turned you can execute them with any of the weapons at your disposal.
Wire, Plastic Bag, Glass Shard, Knife, Machete, a variety of guns, and a selection of Bats are the weapons over the first few levels. The weapons are not necessarily any better than any other weapon in terms of sneaky killings, but for 1-1 fights then the bigger the better.
The executions can be made more violent the longer you hold down the execution button. Of course though the longer you sneak round behind someone the more chance there is of you being seen. The cut scenes are very graphic in both picture and sound. Even better if you have surround sound and play in the dark. I realise after this it probably sounds like i'm a bit of a nutter but it actually is really good playing in the dark as you focus on what is going on. Also occasionally there are those moments when you are surprised by someone, made more shocking by the fact that you have probably been sneaking around really quietly and really concerntrating on what you are doing.
All the way throught the game you need to be careful and try to hide in the shadows as much as possible. Often you will be spotted and must resort to some mano 'a' mano combat. This is good fun on the earlier levels but it's not a good idea to take on more than 1 person at a time otherwise you will get killed. There are painkillers laying around that you can pick up to improve your health whilst progressing through a level and also save points after a lot of the sections.
The game on the easier skill level of 2 is not too difficult just to complete, if you are careful and sensible. However to get a good score and unlock all the bonuses you will need to be quick and violent.
I won't go into any more detail as this review is making me sound like a bit of a nutter again. But I will finish with saying this is an excellent game but should only be played by those people who can separate reality from the gaming world.
Imagine you are on death row, but youv'e been given a 2nd chance, as a film start, thats got to be a good thing. Its certainly would be if you had been giving the staring roll in a Speilberg film, or something, a Hollywood Blockbuster, but no youv'e been hand picked for a special movie. A movie which not very many people will see except for the sick scum buckets of the world, no its not Star Trek LOL (only kidding), youv'e been pushed into starring in a snuff film, and you can't do diddley squat, get a scene wrong and your dead, not just cut take 2, oh no its death, you can however start from save points in the game so its all not back to the start cos ya dead. Thats my friends is a little box of kittens named Manhunt. Well not quite kittens, more like sharp toothed fat begger of Tiger, that are ready and willing to cut you to pieces in and instant. Except its not tiger, its phsyco, redneck, nutters who are hungry for some blood, your blood and they kill you anyway they fell fit to, guns, knifes, bats, fists its all good to them. Manhunt is a very strange little game indeed, its made by the creators of Grand Theft Auto and many more titles 'Rockstar'. Its a third person action,stealth, Gore'em up. Its possibly one of the most violent gaems to date and its pretty god darn good. People who are easily offended by bad language and violence, shouldn't buy this game, people who like a bit of violence in games certainly should. To play its very much like a sorta sphyon filter esk, Metal Gear solid, kind of thing but with a fixed third person view. You are John Cash a man who had been placed on death row but somehow doesn't die, he is instead cast into the dark underworld of a shadey Film Maker who lets just say dabbles into the regions of Snuff a little. Unfortunately he's pick you and its your duty to play through the game creating the best violence possibly for the camera. The levels are full of shall w
e say bounty hunters that quite frankly want your testi's for dinner. They are very hard when theres more than one, it usually results in a beating of your life, but if you catch one of guard from behing, you can execture them. This is the games best form of killing people nad the most violent, you have a number of wepaons from shards of glass, meat cleavers, baseball bats, to chainsaws and guns. Each wepaon type is seperated into colours ie, yellow, blue, red and so on and you can only carry one of each colour, so you have to think about what you want and what would be most useful. When you catch the guards though behold the games brilliant cut scene style death sequence, mortal kombat eat your heart out. Say you catch a guard out and you have the baseball bat equipped, you get behind them, lock on, press and hold square or x and the lock on tag changes colours, it starts green when in range it goes white, and you keep hold of the button still and it changes again in order of (white, yello, red) each behind a level of violence if you like. White is a quick bloody death, yello is a step up bit more blood, red is the top notch gruesome stuff. With the baseball bat , a red death results in the camera cutting to a strange recording scene type thins, you choke the gurad, he hits the deck, is heads expose, smack, round the kipper, boom there goes his brains, they even squelsh and splat of near by walls and stuff, YUM YUM. Each weapon that it is possible to do execution which has each three levels of death gore level if ya like and each is brilliant. You can't do executions with guns but you can blow heads away it just doesn't do the camera change cinematic execution scene that you will love if you like some nice extra violence with you action games. The machette is interesting you cut there heads off, and you hear a sorta bloody garggle as you hack at there jugular then you get there head as an item and you can throw it to disctract or attract guard
s, like in alot of stealth em ups. You can tap on walls to make guards investigate and general just make any sort of nosie and they will come to get you. The hiding system is quite strange you can hide in the shading on the game and the guards wn't see you which at certain times is extremely silly, you can stand right infront of one just in the shade he can be looking staright at you and really should see you but he doesn't, it helps though because this game would be the hardest ever if it wasn't like that, it just makes it nice, good for popping out of the shadows and pouncing. At the start of the game the first level is like a basic instuction you talk to the director as you go through, well he talks to you, but he lets you know the script in the first level, you get intorduced to the plastic bag, you advance through a almost war zone of damaged cars, and there a sign saying 'kill this'f**k', you have a plastic bag its a great little weapon its time for erm, mmm execute, get red and you slam the bag over his face tieing it like lighting strangle him a little a batter him a bit its all quite nice and cheer, definately not for the kiddies. The guards AI can be pretty good they communicate when looking for you, saying things like' found the b'startd yet' etc. When stood around they say general things like 'what i wouldn't give for a bong hit right now'. Its a really great system that makes you laugh when you hear them but sometimes they scare you crap less cos they are after you. The games is a scarey and quite haunting strange work of art. Its very dark, the people have phsyco style Hockey maks, acid men masks, clown faces, it really does take gaming to a horrible dark place thats hard to get out of. Its sucked me in a hell of alot as its very nice to go through a level killing everyon on red and enjoying the blood and guts flying every were, argh i hang on i just go get me knife, hehe, i th
ink im turning into a bit of a manhunter myself. Its a very cinematic piece of art i think, its a great idea of being snuff, sick though, but its very much, snuff, meets running man, meets texas chain saw massicare kinda of stuff. Its a big game with around 20 levels then 4 bonus levels which invlove maniac monkeys that take over a zoo with shotguns, and a last man standing fist fight inside a basket ball court. Its an alrounf brilliantly made game that takes full advantage of many cinematic effects, the graphics are great, the sounds are great, the presentatuion is fabulous, it really is a good game. Ok so maybe the violence makes it the good game it is, well no its makes it contraversial and makes it stand out, but behind the violence is a great almost film game. You have a simple little radar (on easy) which shows you were people are and things, a health bat, stamina bar, and a little picture of a bloke that helps let you know what stance you are in ie, running, crouch, hidden in shade and so on. This helps as when being chased as its hard sometimes to get away from the guards, if you stand and fight with more than one it gets tricky. For a basic description of this game, its like a standard stealth em up in a sense with some neat little touches that make it that bit special! Try it i think you'll it.
Well i first got it when it came out , a week later a sold it , thats how crap it is. This aint even a real game , the only reason rock star created this was to test how far they could go , well it did have a certain something about it , its probably the sick shit in it. A word of warning , if you hate violent sick games , or have a weak stomache STAY AWAY FROM THIS GAME!. This has to be the sickest game ever , hows getting a shotgun and blowing off an enemies head sound , with all the blood surrounding it or suffercating someone with a bag , or shoving a shard of glass through a persons neck . This game is totally different to the grand theft auto series , unlile them , where you had freedom , this time your stuck in one place , your ordered around by someone who saved you from be executed. Graphics: well as usual , probably the best thing about the game , your character is really detailed , the backgrounds are above average , the effects of most deaths are really pleasing (espesially that shotgun death , truly awesome..i know ive got a sick mind) gameplay: theres not much gameplay in this game , when youve finished it you,d probably jus sell it or put it somewhere and never play this sick , violent game again. Well if your a sick f*%k , you,d probably want to see all the deaths . Well its prety basic , you go around killing the hunters (theyre after you) then at the end of each level , your rated by the guy who saved you , depending on the style of the deaths. Theres one great thing about this game though , if youve got a head set , you can use it , so if u speak , the hunters will hear you , its a kinf of novelty really. And to add to that , this game is rock hard , if you couldnt beat grand theft auto 3 then youve no hope of getting far in this game , well i played it on the easier one....i just got stuck on the fifth level , its when the hunters get so smart. storyline: Well , it starts with you getting ready to die by injection f
or the crimes you,ve commited , its all fake though , youre saved by a mysterious person , he orders you to go around the levels killing those who are after you. Thats it really , its done differenly though , you arent given as much freedom , its as if youre trapped. Ive got no good things to say about this game , like i said rock star just made this to test how far they could go . I wouldnt recomend this to anyone . Only those who are sick minded should try this , well the others should stay far away from this piece of shit.