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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: 9 out of 38
  2. Negative: 8 out of 38
  1. Shocking for all the right reasons...Simply, it's never been so difficult to keep a Wii-mote still. [Sept 2007, p.79]
  2. 77
    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.
  3. The biggest draw for most will be the controls, but while you might enjoy the added effect that mimicking the executions with the remote can bring, I found it a bit tiresome later on, and distracting from the visuals.
  4. Manhunt 2 doesn't quite live up to the hype of its predecessor. It is incredibly violent, but it doesn't have the same effect as the original due to the muted kill sequences.
  5. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this game to anybody as a purchase unless you really loved the first game and just couldn’t wait for another installment.
  6. 50
    Manhunt has turned from a violent, yet solid stealth game into a mediocre stealth game with a clichéd story and toned-down ultraviolence.
  7. As it stands now, Manhunt 2 acts as the worst of all worlds; its non-gameplay will irritate gamers who actually want to enjoy themselves, its presumed violence will send the media into a frenzy and send public opinion of videogaming back another five years, and its relatively low level of visually clear violence will disappoint gorehounds who just want to see a bad guy get his balls ripped off with a pair of pliers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. DaveT.
    Nov 14, 2007
    For the amount of violence this game sure has a great plot. Try playing this game alone at night. Sleep tight ;-).
  2. Ryencoke
    Oct 31, 2007
    Without a doubt the best game to be released on Wii. Controls are awesome. Gameplay is good. Too bad they had to remove so much stuff. I would have bought the AO version. Expand
  3. SG
    Oct 31, 2007
    It's a good game hindered by its bad propaganda. For those who enjoyed the first game, you'll enjoy this second installment as well. Pros: The Storyline exists. Unlike the first game where it started out with a little voice acting and then petered out to nothing more than script captions w/o voice. The execution sequences allow user input at scripted intervals that adjust the effect of the execution, very similar to how God of War does its special attack sequences. (Except with the Wii, it's gestures rather than button pushes) Cons: Due to all the bad hype, the execution scenes have a lot of noise added and images blurred in order to gain an 'M' rating. This really distracts from the association of gesture commands to the scene. Half the time you can't make out what's going on to warrant the user interaction. Overall: if you enjoyed the first, you'll definitely enjoy the second. The inclusion of a storyline helps outweigh blurred executions and the gesture inputs help add to the fun of the game. Comment: I'm disappointed in the overblown hype around the supposed graphic violence. In the end, this game is no more graphic than the common episode of CSI on prime-time TV. However, I'm not arguing that it should be less than an M rating and in no means given to a child. Had it remained in it's previous form, it still would've been no more graphic than your current horror movie and still only needing an M rating. If they re-release a 'Director's Cut' version of the game, I will purchase that as well. No matter what the platform. Expand
  4. JohnI.
    Nov 3, 2007
    Definitely NOT the best game on the wii; but it's not the worst either. It's somewhere in the middle. I didn't in fact play the first one, but the game is just about average. The main if only complaints are the stupid ai(they can be complete idiots at times), the camera(you can't move it manually), the controls(sometimes trying to peek aorund a corners is a bit difficult or you do it by mistake out in the open), and to some, graphics(they're pretty bad even for a wii game). Other than that, it's a average game that isn't a blast to play but is a decent time waster. I must say that I like DBZ Tenkaichi 2, Rayman, Red Steel, Godfather, Metroid Prime 3, and Mario Strikers(the games that I own) alot more than Manhunt 2, but it isn't pure crap or barely playable. If you're just generous with your money(or have a thirst for blood), go ahead and give it a shot, otherwise pick a better game; there are plenty. Expand
  5. Meestyk
    Nov 8, 2007
    Manhunt 2 defines the genre and is the best in its class. If you love the violence and the tension/thrill of the original, you'll love this one too. My grudge is mainly about 2 things. First, it should be for PC as well. They sure left us out in the cold on this one. So invest in a Wii or what works. Second, Manhunt 2 is just "as good as it can get" because of all the badmouthing by those hypocrites who can't handle their kids' buying power. What's with the fuss about an M rating for games these days? Kids know what violence and sex are. Yes, this game should only be played by adults. Did I say "adults"? Then what's with the censorship and blur in the cutscenes and animations? We're adults and kids are better off playing kids games, not us. Sure, we should make sure kids don't play these games rating M and AO. Let us adults play the games intended for us and let the hypocrites handle their own views about what their "adulthood" should be playing. I just got one message to the gamemakers out there. Let us play responsibly. 10 minus 3 for taking out all elements originally intended for this title. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    Ok this game got a bad rap and for what ever reason the kills had to be blurred out. First off I have seen alot worse so not sure why they targeted this one but whatever. This game has some good elements the gaphics for a wii title are not horrible but by no means the best on the wii. The controls are ok but not always the most responsive. I liked the game and it is now a game you can get for under 10 bucks which is probably were it should be priced. I think for all its flaws it is worth taking a look at if your into this type of game. you cab buy or skip this one depending if your into this type of game. Expand
  7. Dr.Edd
    Feb 22, 2009
    Fatally flawed game. You cannot even enter the game if you do not select to save it to memory. Broken gameplay - the first challange is to stab someone with a needle, if you choose to punch or kick instead they completely ignore you. Although the game pretends that you need to waggle the wiiimote in different directions for various kills, you only really need to flick the wrist for any moves. Oh, did i mention that the game freezes if you walk over any object on the floor. Seriously bad game, the people that made it should never be allowed to work again. Expand

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