Manhunt 2 (PS2)
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Considering the furore that greeted the release of the first game its a genuine surprise to see it get a sequel, especially one as uncompromising as this. However unpleasant the original was though there was no denying it was an excellent game and one of the most original and effective stealth-based titles of recent years. The story in the sequel is at least slightly less disturbing than before, as the snuff movie theme of the first game is ditched in favour of you escaping from a mysterious research facility.
The gameplay is more familiar, as your limited access to heavy weaponry and the large number of enemies out to get you mean that you have to spend much of the time creeping about in the shadows. It gets to the point where you have to shoot out lights to increase the gloom and have to regulate your breathing when an enemy is nearby to ensure you arent spotted. The stealth aspects work just as well as Metal Gear or any of its progeny, the difference here being that hiding isnt an occasional novelty or plot device but the only way to survive the game.
Of course what Manhunt is most famous for is the violence and that has not been toned down in any way as you use everything from a ball point pen to a plastic bag to perform some of the most gruesome attacks in gaming. There are also new environmental kills, similar to those in THQs The Punisher, where you can drown enemies in a toilet or strangle them with telephone cord. Its not a game for the faint of heart, but for those that can stomach it theres plenty of gameplay here amongst the gore.
Top Customer Reviews
The first Manhunt game was a finely crafted combination of stealth 'em up and survival horror, with an air of menace and a grimy, dank and disturbing atmosphere. The idea, too, made a lot of sense - albeit in a twisted way. The second game is none of these.
The atmosphere is ruined by two major aspects.
Firstly, the game more often than not features shoot-outs with a number of enemies at the end of several levels, which is anachronistic with the stalk & slash premise of the first game and, by extension, the second. Indeed, the flashback sections are shoot 'em ups and nothing more.
Secondly, too much of the game seems to be going out of its way with shock tactics, rather than create an atmosphere. So there are levels taking place in S&M clubs that turn out to be snuff movie studios, or feature a shoot-out in a porn theatre. In short, the game seems to be catering to a lower common denominator than the first.
But the lower denominators will be upset at the fact that all executions have been censored for this release, as the screen blurs and pixelates so you can't make out what's going on (there's at least one environment execution where you literally can't see a thing). Considering the first game featured the executions in uncut detail, and there are editions of Manhunt 2 that're also uncensored, this feels like a cop-out. It also causes a double standard: the gun executions are censored, but if you shoot an enemy point-blank with a gun it isn't, although the final effect is more or less the exact same.Read more ›
It is a superb stealth/kill em' up title with gruesome kills and crazy characters.
Thankfully Manhunt 2 sticks to this winning formula of darkness and depravity! Finally after a year long ban, it has been released in the UK, much to the dismay of the idiots at the BBFC.
ANYWAY, this game is fantastic. If you loved the original, you'll love this even more. More weapons, more killing and alot more blood.
The story focuses on Daniel Lamb and Leo Kasper. Two patients at the controversial 'Dixmor Asylum', who escape after a freak thunderstorm.
It follows thier journey to discover what happened to them, aswell as evading some very unwelcome gangs.
The graphics are very nice considering the year old hardware, and some of the best I've seen on PS2. The atmosphere is consistently tense as you sneak around the shadows, choosing the perfect moment to go for the kill. The kills range from hasty through to gruesome but all are suitably violent.
The only downside to this superb game is a filter used whilst performing an execution, [its like a black and white flashing], which wasn't a problem for the BBFC in the first game [confusingly].
If you can get over the unnecessary censoring, its a truly dark and gritty masterpiece and a well worth look if your into any Saw/Hostel type movies and games!
Not for the squeamish!!!
Apart from a hacked web version there is no uncensored Manhunt 2 to be bought.
The versions for PS2 and Wii are quite different in their way "blurring" the execution scenes. So, which one to buy? The Wii version, though looking best and being controlled quite cool with its different motions required for different execution movements, blackens
and blurs the screen to such a degree that you can see almost nothing. Additionally,
after the kills, the screen remains red/black-scratched for a few seconds, making it difficult to escape eventual attacks from other enemies.
The PS2 version, on the other hand, reveals much more of the execution scenes and furthermore, controls are overall more smooth.
- on the general game -
Manhunt 2 is not at all such a great game as its snuffy predecessor. The story is unoriginal, though suspenseful at times and the film-simulating view makes no sense anymore, since the scenes are not filmed by CCTV anymore. Nevertheless, it's very fun to play, since the game is long, diverse in level design and still has a great sound (funny voice acting of the enemies and good music).
For this prize: bought!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hell yeah! This game is still as violent and awesome as I remember. Perfect condition and was with me within ONE DAY!Published 16 months ago by Mike
great game but no where near as good as the first ,they had to change the plot because of the contraversial birth of the first game but all in all great game!Published 17 months ago by Clint Orlik
The product arrived sealed and in excellent condition, it played without a hitch and provided an endless amount of entertainment and suspense. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by Josh
A little disappointed as the game had too many cut scenes that hid all the gruesome kills! The picture would become all hazy so you couldn't see the kills properly! Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2013 by Mathew Vale