Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. May 24, 2020
    91
    Tripwire has crafted a fantastically balanced experience that knows when enough is enough and is genuinely funny, something many games aim for but so few succeed in reaching. Maneater is an ideal palate cleanser for those suffering from ‘open-world’ fatigue and, despite its perfect size, still left me wanting more.
  2. May 22, 2020
    90
    Maneater on Xbox One is bloody brilliant. It’s a massive game with a lot to do and a huge amount of content to discover - the locations or beauty spots are usually wittily scripted, and have quite a few nods to popular culture as well, making them entertaining asides. What's more, there is a good story of revenge to follow.
  3. May 22, 2020
    90
    Tripwire Interactive has managed to capture what it feels like to be Jaws, right down to jumping out of the water, landing on a boat, and chomping away at the hunters on it. That in and of itself is a momentous achievement to accomplish.
  4. May 22, 2020
    85
    Maneater plays it safe. It chooses simple mechanics and proposes them in a ten and more hours loop, but in doing so, however, it makes the right choice, because Maneater is a well crafted and fun title. Those who are not afraid to do the same thing over and over again to become the lord of the oceans will find flesh for their teeth.
  5. May 29, 2020
    83
    One of the best sleepers of the year. Maneater's looking forward to staying for a while.
  6. May 22, 2020
    80
    On the whole, more time in development might have ironed out some bugs, and the Day One patch which I’ve had a play with today addresses *some* issues, but a few more persist. They’re not game-breaking, but stand as reason enough the game might have needed another month or so in sharpening up. All that said, there’s a fun game here for people who are into 100%-ing anything they touch, and for those looking for something a little bit different. Be sure to watch the video examples riddled throughout this review to get an idea of what you’re in for, but I’ll be spending the rest of my game-time after plonking roughly 18 hours into it, uncovering everything else it has to offer.
  7. May 22, 2020
    80
    Maneater is a quirky and addictive role-playing game that every Xbox One owner should play.
  8. May 22, 2020
    80
    Maneater constantly blurs the line between sadistic mass murder simulator and clever satire, while also managing to be as fun as any human-based open-world game. Chris Parnell’s narration can get a little repetitive, as can the missions, and the camera could use a little work, but it’s all a matter of context. It’s a wild reversal of ego, an experience that is both completely freeing and oppressive at the same time. Stare into the dead eyes of the shark, and the shark stares into you.
  9. May 22, 2020
    80
    Maneater is an enjoyable hunt that satisfies in its shark mayhem and story of revenge. The action is a bit repetitive and chaotic, but the goofiness of the violence ends up winning out. This is the first shark game I’ve truly enjoyed. It has cult classic written all over it.
  10. May 22, 2020
    77
    Maneater is another great title from Tripwire, plenty of blood and adventure packed into this single player shark fest. Full of fun and great gameplay I highly recommend to any Jaws fan or horror nut out there. The only thing I’d like to see next time… Online shark battles.
  11. Jun 3, 2020
    75
    It’s dumb fun. It’s junk food. It’s a B-tier game that has decent writing and is doing something different. I had fun for the just under 30 hours it took to complete everything the game had to offer. It’s not perfect, but neither has been any other title to try and tackle this sort of experience; this game is by far the best though. If just swimming around and proving who’s the real apex predator sounds appealing then this is the game to play. There’s not much out there like Maneater.
  12. May 22, 2020
    75
    Maneater is extremely fun. An underwater sandbox, starring a killer shark, full of blood and gore, with a great sense of humor. But it has several technical issues and lacks variety.
  13. May 22, 2020
    75
    Maneater feels like a B-movie and it’s not ashamed of it. The atmosphere is undoubtedly its best value and, if you wan to appreciate it, you must avoid looking too closely at the details. The idea on which the game is based, after all, is that fish are smarter than humans, so Maneater rightly treats us accordingly.
  14. May 22, 2020
    75
    Maneater plays its hand early, as the novelty of being an almost unstoppable apex predator thrown into an unforgiving ocean doesn’t have much depth to it. What Maneater does have though, is a meaty world worth exploring, a fascinating system of evolution and whip-smart writing that adds colour to your deep blue killing spree.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 50
  2. Negative: 13 out of 50
  1. May 29, 2020
    8
    Maneater is a 3rd Person Over-The-Top Shark Simulator, Crazy, not Top-Down. You start the game as a Great White Shark, with a taste forManeater is a 3rd Person Over-The-Top Shark Simulator, Crazy, not Top-Down. You start the game as a Great White Shark, with a taste for carnage. Learning how to control your Shark, you wreak havoc on the local waters and get the attention of Scaly Pete, Legendary Shark Hunter. After a fierce battle, your Shark is finally defeated, but that's only the start of your game. You were actually a baby, near ready to be born into the world, as Pete kills your mother, he cuts you from inside, and you exact part of your revenge as you take on of his arms. From here you're tossed into a bayou and left to survive and grow. To grow you must eat, and the water is host to many edible animals. The game is a constant push to grow larger and acquire Evolutions. I assume the waters that you travel are host to the wild evolutions you gain throughout the game, as some are seriously polluted, and some toxic with nuclear waste. You gain all sorts of wild abilities from being electric to massive, sharp armor plating covering your body. There are Grottos scattered around the various maps, these are safe havens serving as a retreat, and home to your shark, and are the only place you can change evolutions and skills. Once you make it to open waters, then the true fun begins. The more havoc you create with humans the higher your infamy level gets, and this will bring the shark hunters coming until only one arm is left to catch you, Scaly Pete's. Great fun, and loaded with things to find, those who enjoy a bit of carnage will love Maneater! Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2020
    0
    It's a great game when working, has some flaws but I can't fault the fun factor. I genuinely love the game when it's working.

    HOWEVER it's
    It's a great game when working, has some flaws but I can't fault the fun factor. I genuinely love the game when it's working.

    HOWEVER it's currently overheating consoles to the point they shutdown (Xbox One S/X & PS4 Pro) meaning many people can't play at the moment. There's also a save corruption issue that has resulted in many players getting near the end but having to restart. No ETA of these issues being fixed.

    It's not a recommended buy in its current state. Tripwire are also ignoring please for allowing refunds via PSN/Xbox store while they sort the issue...
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  3. May 22, 2020
    10
    It’s really fun and new experience. Still I couldn’t find bug yet. Character is so attractive
    I guess that there is plenty of play time.