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  • Summary: They just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again. America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, forThey just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again. America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, for sport. This time James Earl Cash, you are the sport. They gave you your life back. Now, they are going to hunt you down. You awake to the sound of your own panicked breath. You must run, hide and fight to survive. If you can stay alive long enough, you may find out who did this to you. This is a brutal blood sport. [Rockstar] Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. A subversive parody that cleverly indicts our depraved culture? If it makes you feel better about having a shitload of sadistic fun, sure.
  2. With all of the variety and unlockable content, you'd be hard-pressed to find a game more gut-wrenchingly intense and disturbing as this one. That being said, it makes for one hell of a good time.
  3. The sound quality of Manhunt is surreal, simply because the game seems like a living, breathing entity by itself.
  4. More than just a gimmick. Sure, the brutal animations are great fun to watch, but the true satisfaction lies in getting to that point and finding a way to overcome even the largest obstacles.
  5. A word of caution should probably be added; the overall pace of Manhunt is rather slow. This is in keeping with the overall feel of the game and somewhat necessary for development of the linear story line.
  6. These movies was pretty good, but after the first ten bloody murders I was like, "Eh, seen it all." The more you watch, the more it just looks like what you just watched. The murders even got a little thin for Cash after a while, I think.
  7. games(TM)
    30
    What we have here is the absolute bare bones of the stealth genre mixed with shock video scenes that attempt to add flavour to the otherwise bland action. Essentially, the gameplay works as follows: track down a Hunter, get behind him, hold down the X-button...and...that's it. [Jan 2004, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 67
  2. Negative: 7 out of 67
  1. TonyL.
    Dec 8, 2003
    10
    Starts slow - just gets better and better and better and better. Then after 15 hours gameplay it ends - and you feel alone - and scared.
  2. AshL.
    Mar 12, 2004
    10
    This game is one of the best made to date its bloody and its tense all great quallities to make a good game p.s big ass supreamist bastards!!This game is one of the best made to date its bloody and its tense all great quallities to make a good game p.s big ass supreamist bastards!! hunt them down and choke the f**kin life out of them! Expand
  3. CoryP.
    Oct 9, 2005
    10
    Smash or trash time, and this game well deserves a perfect score. Sure there is better stealth games out there and better graphics and all Smash or trash time, and this game well deserves a perfect score. Sure there is better stealth games out there and better graphics and all that other special crap, but this game didn't need it to pull of a great experience. I love the fact that this game of very,very,very, few can pull off a well deserved mature rating ( I don't know how many other titles try to pull it off and fail to succeed). I am not a pyschopath, i know the difference between reality and virtual reality, but I believe there should be a sequel (pray to the almighty Rockstar) if not more games of its kind.... but again please let there be a sequel. Expand
  4. TomB.
    Mar 23, 2004
    9
    Manhunt is one hell of a gruesome game, its brilliant!
  5. Jun 29, 2017
    8
    The atmosphere of this game is one of the best and at the same time depressing that I have ever seen. We have to play for James Earl Cash, whoThe atmosphere of this game is one of the best and at the same time depressing that I have ever seen. We have to play for James Earl Cash, who was supposed to be executed, but the so-called director saved him from the death penalty, but on one condition, he must star in his film and become a "star." The gameplay is a stealth shooter with shooter elements. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2018
    7
    Mostly fun with a few setbacks. You play as James Earl Cash, a released death row inmate (or should I say kidnapped) and who would kidnap aMostly fun with a few setbacks. You play as James Earl Cash, a released death row inmate (or should I say kidnapped) and who would kidnap a death row inmate you may ask? A psychotic film director who would like nothing more than to use your natural cold-blooded instincts to create the ultimate snuff film. Throughout the game the director has set up filming sets crawling with gang members, big game hunters, crazies and trained military all on a manhunt, to find you. Using what you can find, from plastic bags to glass shards, bricks and bottles and mayhap a severed head or two, you must distract your enemies, flank them, and take them out one by one. Stealth is essential, as enemies outnumber you, and will overpower you should you be seen. The stealth mechanics at play here work, but more options would have done to flesh out the experience, which begins to grow stale past the halfway mark. The majority of the game can be played by simply sticking to the shadows, which sometimes lay in areas right next to a light source (why is there a shadow here?) and can break immersion in quite funny ways when a hunter is looking around stupidly when you're standing right in front of him, directly in front of a light. Solid Snake can get away with using a cardboard box, however, so suspension of belief isn't a problem here. From the shadows you can make a knocking sound much like a Metal Gear game, wait for your target to turn around, and strike. Stealth kills are formed in executions. By walking behind an unaware hunter, Cash will raise whatever weapon he is holding, and by holding x or square, a reticule will form above his head flashing from white, to yellow, to red, indicating various levels of violent execution. The kills play out in a VHS style fashion, static lines running down the screen as you watch Cash cut, gut, and smash his opponents to ruin. These are the main selling point in Manhunt, and although they add cinematic flare, they do become rather repetitive as the game goes on, and I began using quick, white executions to save time and hassle. Lining up red kills is visceral and rewarding, even earning you higher scores on your missions (you can score 1-5 stars on each mission) but often, holding that button down for as long as needed will result in the hunter turning around, seeing you, and leaving you looking stupid and greedy. Combat IS an option in Manhunt, but fighting anymore than 1 hunter at a time will lead to certain death as hunters are quite spongey against melee combat. Executions are mandatory. There's also a few levels where you are given handguns and shotguns, even sniper rifles, where the game changes genre from stealth action to shooter, playing very much like the shooter missions in previous Grand Theft Auto games. These sections help break up the pace from the slow, brooding stealth sections, and some more would have been kindly accepted. Other areas are bogged down by tedious escort missions, three if you count a gas tank you have to walk from one end of the map to another.
    Manhunt shines its best when it leaves you alone with a screen full of scumbags. Patience clashes with anticipation as you plan out your every move, satisfaction ringing in as you watch that final execution from a tough scenario you were having issues with. Manhunt is a difficult and punishing game, requiring patience and key timing to do the work that only Cash can do.
    Over all, I love the game for its atmosphere, which I would put as daunting, and at times chilling. It holds up today, feeling almost like a precursor to The Last of Us in many ways. It's far from perfect though, with some sections that just aren't fun to play, limited stealth mechanics, and being overall repetitive. 7/10
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  7. HunajaakoT.
    Dec 16, 2003
    0
    This can't be game. This is trash. Everything has made with "let's make money with very, very bloody game". Game is cruel, and it This can't be game. This is trash. Everything has made with "let's make money with very, very bloody game". Game is cruel, and it is the worst game I remember. Expand

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