The two Manhunt games released for the PS2 remain two of the most controversial games ever made, and I was intrigued when I heard that it was being released on the PSP too. Although this is ultimately a dilluted version of the PS2's Manhunt 2, it's a refreshing tonic for the PSP, and probably the grisliest game on the platform.
If you've played Manhunt 2 on another platform, then you know the operating procedure: the premise has you as a guy who has been kidnapped and awakens as a contestant on a TV show called Manhunt, who has to fight and murder his way to salvation through numerous levels against increasingly more psychotic baddies who wield increasingly more insane weapons. If you've ever seen the great Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man, it's a lot like that. For the most part this is a competent port of the original version, but the PSP's divisive control scheme is once again awkward, making aiming and hiding around a corner difficult, and often I've found myself doing one when I really meant to do the other.
Visually, this retains the same style and aesthetic of the higher-platform versions, and although obviously not as detailed, they're still appropriately murky and grimy looking. There's tonnes of gore, making the game live up to its infamy, and the character and weapon models are also pretty good looking. My only real complaint from a technical perspective is that some of the kills are distorted, presumably following the controversy about the violence. Aurally, the game really excels; the voice acting is among the best of its generation for sure, and the soundtrack really helps cement the palpable atmosphere and sense of dread that the visuals create.
Although more lean than the PS2 version, this is still a surprisingly comprehensive port that delivers a genuine challenge as well as plenty of grisly violence. Were it not for the controls, this would probably be five stars.
The general story of Manhunt 2 focuses on the main character you play in the game. You play as Daniel Lamb. He is a scientist who wakes up in an abandoned run-down asylum. It looks like it's been unused for many years, however it hasn't. There are many inmates who have just broken loose and roaming around killing off the asylum guards. You have a companion with you who is mysterious man named Leo. He helps you and guides you through the game and your challenge. You escape the asylum and go through various different landscapes and levels killing many 'guard dogs' from an experiment known as 'The Project'.
In this game you are constantly hiding as everyone is after you and hunting your character down after your escape. The game relies on a lot of stealth on your part. You will need to hide and lurk in the shadows and not get spotted. You must sneak up on others and kill them in the form of some gory executions. If a guard gets too close to you when you're hiding you have to hit one or two of the buttons repeatedly to hold your breath which can be pretty tough to do. You won't get bored as it's not just all about hiding. You can find guns throughout the levels and start shooting.
The sound in this game really adds something to the atomsphere and enjoyment of playing this. It is extremely important in some games and in this one it sets a real creepy tone for the game. You will occasionally hear guard dogs talking to one another and Leo talking at you.
The graphics in this game are pretty spectacular. There are various places you visit in your adventure from a seedy sex club to backyards in local areas. Wherever you go the graphics are always realistic. The game can be quite gory and therefore wouldn't recommend this to children to play. Some of the executions are quite detailed although they have been made less violent in this one than in the original Manhunt.
I really enjoyed the weapons you could use in this game. There are a great variety to choose from like cattle prods, saws, crowbars and shovels to name but a few. Guns you can use include machine guns, pistols and shotguns, all of which are great fun to use in anger.
I would definately play this game over and over again and haven't completed it yet anyway. It does hold your interest and is fun. It made me feel like I was right there in the middle of some horror film. Great enjoyment to be had...
First things first. Of all of the games I have played on the PSP, this game seems to be the most originally developed one. This game is not what you would expect from a PSP game: its not glitchy, or a quick port from a console. This game is basically based around a secret mind control project that you find yourself in the middle of. The mind control project was aiming to make a perfect cold hearted killer and normal person dual personality, but as usual something went wrong and both personalities merged- leaving you as a crazy cold hearted killer on the run from the people trying to cover thier mistakes up. You start off in an insane asylum and escape due to an electrical malfunction.
As far as the game itself goes in playability: it has plenty of replay value due to the tons of different kills and ways ways you can pass a single level, graphics are intense- best I have seen on any PSP game, and the storyline is compelling. The controls are very easy to use and you can just pick the game up and start playing. This game has a lot of gore and brutality so its going to be enjoyed by those who like horror or enjoy brutal video games. A very nice and polished game. The games length is about 12 hours of game play, at least that's how long I beat it in after not being able to put it down! And that's my review.