Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic 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. 82
    Manhunt 2 offers heaps of grisly and depraved action, and we would have heartily recommended it to fans of the franchise. [Issue#155, p.76]
  3. If you're a horror geek, you'll have seen worse. But you won't often have seen much better. [Christmas 2008, p.98]
  4. Manhunt 2, rather hesitant in delivering its ulterior motif, is monstrously violent, extremely gory and smashingly bold when it comes to moral values. Suffering from procrastination along with other external factors, it manages to come to the spot and attract our attention, with much to yearn technically. Yet in terms of controversy, as the game intended when it started, success is the word. It is, so far, one of the most violent game in PS2 lines.
  5. 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.
  6. 75
    The AI doesn't feel as good as the first game, the setting and environments don't feel as menacing, and the story is definitely weaker. That isn't to say that Manhunt 2 isn't a good game, because it is.
  7. It's not as shocking as you'd expect, but Manhunt 2 still satisfies your primal instincts.
  8. While it’s not as utterly disturbing as it was meant to be, Manhunt 2 is a gritty sequel that is still shockingly ultra violent but in a surprisingly good way.
  9. A decent experience not too different from the original, but neither as good, nor as fun as the original Manhunt was.
  10. It's hardly the pinnacle of stealth games - the enemies are dumb, and there's not much to do aside from sneaking and killing - but if you're in the mood for something creepy and horrific that'll leave you feeling a little dirty, Manhunt 2's still-shocking murders and eerie, is-it-real-or-am-I-just-insane storyline won't disappoint.
  11. Manhunt 2, though not as original and challenging as its predecessor, is a worthy sequel but not necessarily a must-buy. It’s certainly worth renting, and rental period is sufficient enough to beat the game’s 8 to 9 hour campaign.
  12. 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]
  13. Highly stylised, dark and immersive, Manhunt 2 is a study in brutality, depravity and the spiralling descent into madness. In terms of content, it’s no worse than the original, but it’s not really any better, either.
  14. 60
    A bland third-person stealth adventure with sub-par combat and annoyingly stylized death sequences.
  15. It all comes down to the basic fact that a work of art, created specifically for a mature audience, should not have been forced to compromise the way that this game has been. Gamers who have been waiting a long time for this game to come out, or even just gamers in general, should definitely stay far away from Manhunt 2. While it is definitely not the worst game I have ever played, it is definitely one of the biggest letdowns.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I agree the premise isn't as intriguing as the first game's, but Manhunt 2's still got plenty of creeps and creepy atmosphere--it's the 8mm and Hostel of videogames. [Holiday 2007, p.69]
  19. With the difficult camera angles, blurry death sequences, bugs and glitches, playing Manhunt 2 really was like doing to the doctor — it'll hurt like hell, but something tells you that you have to do it. I shouldn't think of a game like that.
  20. 40
    It's technically playable and, despite its best efforts, probably won't plunge the industry into a period of navel-gazing and political sanction. Everything else about it is largely forgettable.
  21. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 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 gameOhhhh 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.
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  2. 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 byA 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. InI 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..... Full Review »