Manhunt Xbox

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
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  1. Repetitive and tiresome at times but that's not the problem. The problem is that the developer has made no effort at all with the shadow/lighting system.
  2. If you manage to look past the extreme gore and violence overkill, there’s a pretty good game hidden away in there.
  3. Like a creepy, surly teenager on his first day of high school, this game simply tries too hard to be cool and achieves very little of what it sets out to accomplish.
  4. GamePro
    70
    If you don't enjoy a challenge just for the sake of doing it, though, Manhunt isn't going to appeal to you. [Aug 2004, p.66]
  5. 68
    Perhaps the next time around, we will be surprised when we go in expecting to control a killing machine and instead find a deep (and/or deeply disturbed) man in our hands. Perhaps not. Hopefully, it will just be a little more memorable than this.
  6. But while it does output a far greater degree of detail than the open spaces of GTA can afford, at no stage does it get anywhere near matching the accomplished environments of, say, "Splinter Cell," and its almost complete lack of narrative gives the proceedings a completely hollow feel to them.
  7. Xbox Nation Magazine
    50
    A stealth game that dramatically overstays its welcome. [July 2004, p.86]
  8. 50
    I was tired of Manhunt long before it was over. I was tired of its violence, certainly, but I was also tired of its AI quirks, tired of its repetitive level design, and tired of the growing impression that I was just the main character in a geek show.
  9. 50
    After you see through its repetitive gameplay, gimmicky execution scenes, and tiresome, self-consciously obscene dialogue, there isn't much left. Manhunt's gameplay isn't deep or varied enough to match up to the alternatives on any platform.

Awards & Rankings

71
32
#32 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
30
#30 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 25, 2015
    9
    They certainly don't make them like they used to. Ballsy story with great acting, great game play and an ever growing arsenal of weapons. OneThey certainly don't make them like they used to. Ballsy story with great acting, great game play and an ever growing arsenal of weapons. One of my favorite features when I played the game on my XBOX 360 was how the director spoke to you only through headphones - just like the character in the game. Full Review »
  2. Aug 3, 2011
    9
    I recently decided to play some old games, only a few from this generation I can actually still REALLY enjoy... manhunt over 7 years old atI recently decided to play some old games, only a few from this generation I can actually still REALLY enjoy... manhunt over 7 years old at the time of this review holds up. Sure the controls are shaky that's why the new generation of consoles came out. This game is one of the best survival horror games ever, maybe the best. Full Review »
  3. LiamP.
    Feb 22, 2007
    6
    Manhunt is obviously a well thought out, complex survival game. But tedious repetition and limited replay value detract from the experience. Manhunt is obviously a well thought out, complex survival game. But tedious repetition and limited replay value detract from the experience. The weapon system is often frustrating but there are many creative aspects to the game which should not be overlooked. Manhunt would be worth a rental except the game is too difficult to pick up and play for a few hours, but too boring to be worth owning. Full Review »