Manhunt PlayStation 2

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
Buy On
  1. 40
    It's just one gruesome kill after another until the violence loses its punch. Too bad that happens after the first couple missions. If you want a stealth game, there are better ones out there. If you want blood, do yourself a favor a buy a tube of red dye #5, instead.
  2. But what baffles me most about Manhunt is that I'm not exactly sure how I'm supposed to feel about those executions. What do the game's producers want me to feel? Should I feel...vindicated? Exhilarated? Vengeful? Empowered? I'll tell you how I did feel: I felt evil, and queasy, and numb. Eventually, a strange kind of self-loathing set in, followed by a low-level depression.
  3. 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]
  4. Manhunt is boring. Cash's standard walking pace is painfully slow, press R1 and his running speed is ridiculously fast. Navigating the game is therefore less than pleasurable and, should you not have anyone to dice up, a tedious experience.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#8 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 63
  2. Negative: 6 out of 63
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2012
    8
    Disturbing, scary, graphically violent. Rockstar North's urban horror game is a tense and taut spin on "The Most Dangerous Game". PlayersDisturbing, scary, graphically violent. Rockstar North's urban horror game is a tense and taut spin on "The Most Dangerous Game". Players control James Earle Cash, an inmate who is busted out of prison by The Director; a mystery man who sees your every move. Once Cash escapes the prison facility, his journey home becomes a literal fight for survival. Armed with bladed weapons and firearms, Cash uses both stealth and full-out assaults as to fight off the creepy gangs who are out to kill him. The macrbe twist is that The Director aids Cash through an earpiece throughout the game. He directs Cash to his final destination, ordering him to kill as gruesomely as possible every step of the way. The disturbing aspect of the game is that it rewards you for doing so. You are encouraged to perform the most graphic killings to unlock challenge rooms. In movie terms, "Manhunt" is "The Running Man" meets "The Warriors" with a touch of "8MM". Gameplay-wise, it is very similar to "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" and "Hitman 2". This game features shooting segments, but it's very much a stealth game. The horror atmosphere is extremely thick with a synth musical score straight out of an 80's slasher flick. In a sense, "Manhunt" is a survival game as much as it is an action title. In fact, you'll probably creep out when you first get spotted by a crazed gang member.

    Rockstar North made three great "Grand Theft Auto" games for the PS2. This game is nowhere as grandiose as those mammoth titles. But it is an efficient and effective actioner that is truly creepy. 8.5 out of 10.
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  3. Sep 28, 2015
    8
    Manhunt is a stealth/action/horror game with tons of gore and vulgarity. The gameplay consists of hiding in the shadows and brutally murderingManhunt is a stealth/action/horror game with tons of gore and vulgarity. The gameplay consists of hiding in the shadows and brutally murdering people that are out to kill you. You can perform melee combat or use guns also. The sound design is superb, delivering that 80's horror movie sound of dark synth ambiance. It has a very snuff film look to it even incorporating static and film grain during certain parts. The voice acting is pretty well done, delivering that creepy feel of each gang as they stalk you. Starkweather, the man behind the reasoning for the entire story of the game, at times becomes excited and even sexually aroused by the violence you're committing via earpiece you're wearing throughout the game. You can also use a headset to say things to enemies and they'll react to it. The graphics are not bad for PS2 standards from 2003. Very gritty and true to that Rockstar game look. The controls may feel dated to some but I don't have a problem with them. The melee can feel stiff sometimes, especially if you get caught by multiple enemies. The environments are all unique and never get boring. The variety of weapons is quite large as well with 3 different kills for each minus the guns and throwables. The story is pretty straightforward for the most part, not the greatest but it's not bad. If you like violent, gritty stealth games then you'll definitely appreciate this game. Full Review »