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  • Summary: They just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again. America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, forThey just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again. America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, for sport. This time James Earl Cash, you are the sport. They gave you your life back. Now, they are going to hunt you down. You awake to the sound of your own panicked breath. You must run, hide and fight to survive. If you can stay alive long enough, you may find out who did this to you. This is a brutal blood sport. [Rockstar] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. I have to tip my hat to the PC version for the first time in a long time. The gameplay and controls are just the way they should be.
  2. The computer AI is also much improved over the console version. The hunters can be quite cunning at times. Just when you think you’ve gotten away from a group, they split up and outflank you.
  3. 83
    Now that the game is on Xbox and PC, Manhunt has lost a little bit of its shine, a little bit of its luster. Time certainly has something to do with that, the lackluster ending is a disappointment, and while there is much to admire about Manhunt's stealthy debut, the stealth itself isn't as deep as it could have been. It's still a high-quality game.
  4. That said it creates a tense and chilling experience like no other videogame we’ve played, which certainly provides the main allure for the game.
  5. PC Gamer
    78
    Even while telling myself that I should be revolted - especially since Cash is a thoroughly unsympathetic protagonist - I finished the 15-hour game in three sittings. [July 2004, p.72]
  6. Its simplistic arcade gameplay simply doesn’t cut the mustard on the birthplace of stealth gaming, and its only lasting effect will be a strange desire for the involving, story-driven gameplay of the king: "Thief."
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    40
    It's incredibly hard and repetitive, and the stealth gaming is incredibly simple. [Aug 2004, p.59]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    Praise it or hate it, this is a game you WILL remember! If the killing scenes were softer, there still would be enough elements in this gamePraise it or hate it, this is a game you WILL remember! If the killing scenes were softer, there still would be enough elements in this game to make it a cult! Expand
  2. SkyMoose
    May 11, 2004
    10
    If you like stealth based games such as Splinter Cell, then this game is definitely worth a look. Great gameplay, graphics, sound and If you like stealth based games such as Splinter Cell, then this game is definitely worth a look. Great gameplay, graphics, sound and story... but definitely not for those who do not enjoy the darker side of gaming! Expand
  3. INDREKfromEstonia
    Apr 24, 2005
    10
    This game is the BEST!!!
  4. WassoZ.
    Jun 2, 2004
    8
    There are so many ways to kill and that makes it a brilliant game.
  5. May 13, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Manhunt is a brutal, violent and frustrating game at times, it heavily requires to the player to be stealthy at all cost, stay hidden in the shadows , engaging in combat can be handled, but, you'll get kill in a mater of hits. The atmosphere felt dreadful with a great soundtrack that sounds like a John Carpenter's film like Halloween.
    Like i said before, it's a stealthy title, there are weapons in the game, they go from the lowest to the heaviest weapon that is usually in red, other mechanic in the game is "how gruesome the execution will be" this is marked in three phases, green (Low execution), yellow (Medium execution), and finally red (the violent execution).
    There's a large amount of execution animations, each one is brutal in their way.
    The story... well... is not exactly a masterpiece in story telling, but is fair enough, involving a death row prisoner being part of a snuff film.
    Level design... pretty average, some levels are well crafted and spooky like in the ending and some other are totally flat with almost no creativity.
    Gameplay... it's an stealth game, stay hidden in the shadows to avoid conflict it's important, enemies are brutal and they will not make it easy on you, you can still beat them, but most of the times they'll tear you apart, you can call their attention to kill them by making some noises, throwing bricks, cans, heads, etc, or hit a wall, important to know that enemies will react to every sound you make, like foot steps and they will go looking for the source. There are some gunfire mechanics in the game... those are terrible, but you can get the job done faster.
    Character design... each level or area of the game will have their respective gang, with their own look, but, some gangs had their character design well done and other just felt... lazy.
    Overall, Manhunt is a brutal game, and the most controversial to date, a hidden gem from Rockstar and a game that everyone should play in their life, at least if you have the stomach for it and the patience to beat the game without getting caught and killed.
    One final point to mark here... even if it doesn't look like it, but this game has a message, which is how morbid the human kind can be while referring to violence and how we can be engaged in that kind of media and feel entertain, even if we felt disgusted by it.
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  6. Sep 2, 2018
    7
    It's not amazing, but it's fun. It takes off slowly with the first few levels, but gets more interesting toward the middle. Violent stealthIt's not amazing, but it's fun. It takes off slowly with the first few levels, but gets more interesting toward the middle. Violent stealth kills are fun to perform, but get repetitive after a while since there are only a few kill animations that you keep seeing over and over, but luckily the second part of the game turns into guns-blazing action and keeps things varied.

    The concept of the story line is interesting, but doesn't quite develop or matter at all.
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  7. Horus
    May 1, 2004
    4
    A well-produced game, but a dull one. The grainy, cheap cinematic effect is good, the environments are suitably bleak, and the voice-acting A well-produced game, but a dull one. The grainy, cheap cinematic effect is good, the environments are suitably bleak, and the voice-acting and camera controls are slick, but Manhunt is overall immensely shallow. Once the novelty of the gratuitous and unnecessarily-indulgent violence wears off, it's very easy to get bored. Fighting involves either sneaking up behind people and executing them, or just clicking the mouse buttons and moving around a bit until one of you runs out of health. Hand to hand combat is dire and repetitive, and even gun combat later on is uninspiring. I can't help but feel that, unlike the GTA games, the only thing pushing sales of Manhunt is the deliberate, self-serving and somewhat cynical controversy that it has so obviously set out to exploit. One to miss. Expand

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