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  • Summary: In the near future, convicted criminals are required to donate body parts to benefit the rich instead of serving time. A government approved service known as the Anti Crime Network employs 'Headhunters' to capture felons using non-lethal weaponry to preserve their vital organs. As dishonoured Headhunter Jack Wade, you are hired by Angela Stern - daughter of the recently murdered head of the CAN - to discover the truth behind her father's death. Sega's adventure infuses stealth and arcade action with an extremely dark sense of humour. [SCEE] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Aside from a few camera quirks and some excessive load times, Headhunter is almost a perfect gaming experience from the opening movie to the closing credits. The clever mix of VR training, cycling through town, stealth, and weapons combat all combine for one great action title.
  2. 83
    Ever wanted to play an action movie? Here's your chance. [June 2002, p.64]
  3. While never reaching the same heights as Metal Gear Solid 2, Headhunter is still a solid action game with a lot of bite.
  4. Its graphics fall short of the best the console has to offer, but its blend of action, stealth, and driving manages to keep things interesting throughout.
  5. 72
    One of the game's biggest deficiencies is the camera, which doesn't work well when you're in attack mode.
  6. While Headhunter does well to borrow from games like "Metal Gear Solid 2" and the sort of comically futuristic world found in movies like Robocop, it falls short with it’s blandly typical story and constant cliché rip-offs that cheapen the experience.
  7. The technical faults of this shoddy port put a big fat smudge on an otherwise great game. [June 2002, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 15, 2002
    It's the best I've played, but the a licence is hard to achieve.
  2. BethHype
    May 10, 2002
    It's the best action game i've played since metal gear and syphon filter, its great:)
  3. ErwinS.
    May 22, 2002
    The licenses are hard as hell to achieve.
  4. Alex
    May 20, 2002
    I like the game, but the grahics kinda suck, ya heard?
  5. Chuck76
    Apr 21, 2003
    I had this game on the Dreamcast and compared to other titles on that system it was a winner(apart from Virtua Tennis 2k2, Shenmue/2 and MSR). I wasn't going to bother buying on PS2 but as I never got round to finishing it(the girlfriend took the DC 'cause she loved Ms. Pacman? Don't ask me!). And y'know what, I'm glad I did. It hasn't got the flash of MGS or Splinter Cell but it's got a solid story, some cool set-pieces and a decent control system. The graphics ain't really been tweaked that much but the DC wasn't too bad at this kinda stuff. The licences are not really hard but they are fun and one of the best parts of this and any game. Get this when you're bored of the current crop of stealth titles, you'll be surprised. Collapse
  6. AndrewD.
    Mar 14, 2003
    This game has its ups and downs. Its an interesting game, style is in the same league as Metal Gear Solid 2. First, the story is alright, playing a level, and then you watch the scenes in between playing, like Metal Gear, or the Getaway. Also, licences must be obtained, there are four, and within each are four separate challenges to beat in a set time, the stealth ones tend to be annoying, and pretty tough. Motorcycle controls kind of suck, no where as good as GTA:Vice City. Camera angles can get annoying, and shooting can be frustrating too, sometimes if you are facing the wrong way, and you hit auto aim (which you have to do anyways), the character just shoots forwards, and doesn't revert automatically to the enemies until you turn around. Getting on ledges, or platforms can take a few tries. Figuring out exactly what to do sometimes takes a few minutes, and exploring. Faults aside, if you can tolerate them, and not get too mad at the game at hard points, it's an interesting game, I only rented it. Expand
  7. HenkJ.
    Apr 16, 2002
    This game sucks!!!

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