Manhunt Review: Move Over Grand Theft Auto


Rockstar North delivers its darkest, most violent game yet in Manhunt, an original third-person perspective stealth action game that puts you in the role of a death row inmate forced to comply to a ridiculous cinematographer and his sick ways. The game has intense graphic violence, something you expect from a ridiculous slasher film. Grisly scenes are done up in style, as Manhunt has a real cinematic flair to it and a weird and eerie suffocating atmosphere that perfectly fits the theme.


I want a realistic gritty adventure

…serial killer action

…unbelievable cinematic flair



I want

less violence and more story


Manhunt does an amazing job of incorporating stealth mechanics than most other such games, even though there are many shootout scenarios. Scotland-based Rockstar North is capable of putting together something remarkable that does not have “Grand Theft Auto” in the title. Manhunt is seriously intense, and anyone with a stomach for the game’s concept ought to find it fiendishly entertaining.

The “lethal” injection our prisoner protagonist is administered merely just sends him knocked out. He is then warped into a cell with an earpiece nearby. Cash meets Lionel Starkweather, a supposed savior that he makes himself out to be but in reality a sick bastard. Starkweather offers Cash freedom at a price. From this point on, Cash must fight off all the challenges Starweather puts him in, or the “scenes” he makes a sadistic film out of. Grab anything you can and kill your enemies is the goal. All this happens to Starkweather’s intentions. Rockstar North has created something unforgettable in a storyline that is very basic. It is true that the first slasher film was very obvious…a lot of people would die. But this is like Manhunt. It is the first slasher film the gaming audience has been presented with in a unique way. As a result, even though it proceeds in predictable directions: it is simply a classic.

Buy Manhunt or…die.

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