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John Carpenter in a game,
This review is from: Manhunt (Xbox) (Video Game)
Manhunt is a typically controversial product made by Rockstar Games, the same company that released Grand Theft Auto. With a well deserved 18 certificate, Manhunt, like the previously mentioned game is based on corruption and violence.
You play Cash, a death row inmate who escapes the chair only to take part in a Running Man style snuff movie. Interesting concept, and one that doesn't have to explain itself since the whole game is based on walking round intimidating city streets, on the run from baseball-bat wielding maniacs.
One of the most appealing aspects of Manhunt is that its simple sounding violent theme, requires a skillful and appealing stealth gaming style in a similar vein to Thief and Splinter Cell. You'll be learning the art of hiding, in the wait for an enemy to go by, only to sneak up behind and stab him in the neck with a crowbar. The deaths are as sick as you want them to be. The amount of weaponry on show here also never makes the deaths repetitive.
A strong atmosphere is created by the evil personalities you encounter. There's justice in their horrific deaths. There's literally nothing nice throughout Mahunt's twenty stages. Whether it's having your parents killed by rogues, or leading your lone friend (a tramp) through streets paved in blood. The man talking to you throughout the entire game is pretty frightening too, and the fact you're relying on him to help you out makes the game even more creepy and uneasy. He is seemingly turned on by the player slaughtering the hunters.
Later on Manhunt really kicks off, developing stealth action to shooting. This isn't as bad as it sounds, in fact the shooting is as tactical as it can be, forcing the player to cover behind objects and take pop shots. Thankfully Manhunt never moves away from its stealth roots, and this is great as it allows the player to either sneak undetected or play Lethal Weapon style.
I enjoyed Manhunt far more than I thought I would. Look through the violence and gore and there's a fantastic third-person sneaker underneath.