Manhunt - PC

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Manhunt (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Stealth
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Rockstar Soft. Co.: Rockstar
Publishers: Rockstar (GB)
Released: 23 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC 18
Accessories: Control Pad


Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar is famed for its prediliction for controversy. Indeed, the ability to have your wicked way with a prostitute before beating her to a pulp in GTA Vice City is a prime example. But Rockstar isn't about to stop there. On the contrary, the PC version of Manhunt is here. Call the Taste Police!

The game casts you as James Earl Cash, a guy on death row who, after waking from his 'lethal' injection, finds himself alone in a cell. Putting on an earpiece he finds nearby, Cash is soon introduced to Lionel Starkweather, who subsequently offers him his freedom in exchange for a number of 'tasks'. From here the game begins and Cash is plunged into an array of 'scenes', charged with the simple yet arduous task of staying alive, on the run from a gang of relentless thugs. Throughout the proceedings, Starkweather is on hand, camcorder at the ready, waiting for some fodder for his snuff movies, which he can then send to You've Been Framed. Or not.

The gameplay itself features a combination of stealth and straight-up shooting action. There are shadows aplenty and much sneaking around to be done - in fact, audio plays a large part in the game, alerting you to the whereabouts of the enemy via your radar and vice versa. Alternatively, the game features a rather clumsy hand-to-hand element, an assortment of the usual ballistic weapons (pistols, shotguns, machine guns, etc.), myriad melee weapons, and, for the more resourceful prey, a plentiful supply of household objects found strewn around each level, such as carrier bags, wire and shards of glass. How you go about murdering your way through the game's 20 levels is up to you. A stealthy approach is encouraged but by the later levels there are far too many baddies and the action tends to turn into A Team-style shoot-outs. Except in this case people do actually get shot. And quite gruesomely too.

Like its subject matter, Manhunt is basically the game equivalent of a video nasty. It's very graphic and quite disturbing at times. You'll love it.


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