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  • Summary: An experiment at a secret research facility has gone catastrophically wrong. Daniel Lamb and Leo Kasper are the only surviving subjects. The Pickman Project will stop at nothing to hunt them down and stop the truth from getting out. Demented screams echo around the dank Dixmor asylum that has caged you for the last six years. You open your eyes. A white-coated body slumps to the floor through your shaking hands. A bloody syringe slips from your arm. Waves of confusion and paranoia crash over you. You have no idea who you are or how you got here. The door to your cell is open. One choice. One chance. They took your life. Time to take it back. [Rockstar Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. There's more to this than controversy. Intelligent, demanding brains, patience...and a strong stomach. [Sept 2007, p.76]
  2. If you're a horror geek, you'll have seen worse. But you won't often have seen much better. [Christmas 2008, p.98]
  3. For those of us that loved the original, Manhunt 2 is a trip that’s worth taking, even if it’s not nearly as memorable or enjoyable. While I applaud the series for it’s uncompromising take on morality and violence, it’s hard not to notice that recent titles like "Mass Effect" and "BioShock" have covered similar territory in a more mature – and much more enjoyable – fashion.
  4. Story aside, however, Manhunt 2 is an important game--not because of the controversy surrounding it, but because it is one of the final few original PS2 games. [Holiday 2007, p.81]
  5. Manhunt 2 isn’t a bad game as such, and had a lot going for it, if it had been released in the PS2’s heyday. It wasn’t, and a year later, those polygons aren’t looking any smoother.
  6. Manhunt 2 has suffered many delays and lots of problems before release, but it´s finally here. A game that is not suitable for everyone, due to its gore and violent nature, but it has some charm for those PS2 users who are looking for something fun for their machine. Sadly, a confusing story and some problems like close combat controls make it not as good as it could have been. The lack of the Wii motion controls makes it a less compelling experience.
  7. Either version of the game is equally mediocre. The story holds some promise, but the action is so frustrating it's too much work to get to the meat of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 23, 2014
    Ohhhh man this game is real badass. You are massive murder that is looking for someone who is special to the character you play as. The game has the sounds of when picking up weapons or health packs, etc as in GTA III. The graphics look so darn classically awesome. Rockstar out did themselves with this I think. Some of the mission's take you to some disturbing places.

    Only thing I can think of is it's a true AO (adult only) rated. Other games like GTA are worse, you would think but that is wrong. GTA has a more funfill and less disturbing story. GTA is like opening a box of you're favorite cereal in the morning and enjoying it, not because you can steal people's vehicles, run over people or create a homicide but because it is an open world and the story isn't all about needing to kill everyone you come across but you do it with a different feeling, like a joke. In Manhunt 2, everything looks and feels serious, more than in GTA because you are told to kill, kill, kill or stab, stab, stab where in GTA, totally different.

    Rockstar I give you 10/10 for this.
  2. norris
    Jan 27, 2008
    This game is awesome! The story, black humor, and action are great!
  3. SamK.
    Nov 8, 2007
    Fun game, i give it a 9. i just wish the execution scenes weren't blurred, theyd be even cooler.
  4. Oct 13, 2012
    A stylish and demented torture porn flick. If "Manhunt 2" was a movie, it would've been described as such. It also would've been filmed by "Hostel" director Eli Roth. This sequel to the controversial "Manhunt" was not made by the original creators, and it shows. It feels very much like a budget title. A direct-to-video sequel, if you will. Nevertheless, the makers have stayed true to the original concept while making it even more revolting. In fact, Rockstar Games had to edit down the violence to earn an M rating. Having seen the uncut version, I can certainly agree with the original Adults Only rating. Like the original, this is a sick and twisted stealth game (with more guns) that pays homage to American horror flicks. While the first game referenced "The Most Dangerous Game", part II is a direct relative of "The Manchurian Candidate" and even pays tribute to Roth's "Hostel". Players use crossbows, hand guns and manhole covers to massacre the creepy gang members that stand in their way. Although not as good as the first, it still delivers sick entertainment like any low-budget slasher flick. 7.5 out of 10. Expand
  5. ChaddD.
    Dec 19, 2007
    A game that ultimately falls short of its goal, and has to settle for being a watered down, restrictive, ultra violent version of Grand Theft Auto 3 with poor camera angles. At this late stage in the game industry, there's no excuse for the Dynasty warrior 2 graphics, the the terrible combat system, and the absence of anything redeeming about a game except for the incredibly frustrating to carry out, gore intensive executions. Ultimately, the controversy was more fun than the game. Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2010
    I lately played manhunt 2 and I was surprised to see that it is a game from the same ompany that bought us the outstanding GTA series. In short the game has little if you compare it with the games that are coming out nowadays... It is verys hort, has an exceptinoally dumb AI and is so linear that it even puts games like resident evil series to shame..I mean everything is just where it is the enemies, the weapions etc. which means that if you have played it once you won;'t play it again.....However, just to commend the game it does have some good graphics and some nicely done executions..but that is just about it..... Expand
  7. JamieC.
    Nov 8, 2007
    It's all been done and by today's standards it's just plain ugly. Manhunt covered the general gist of the genre and Manhunt 2 does not change or update the formula. They have added new environmental kills but border lines on just sad and only freaks and ignorant children will enjoy it. The game runs on sheer blood factor forgetting about gameplay, controls and even atmosphere. Game controls like a brick, so stiff and clunky. Gameplay, is basically non existent if you don't enjoy pointless killings and graphics are just bad. Flat, gritty, smudged, pixelated and hard on the eyes. This game is a bumpy ride and not one to die for. Expand