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Manhunt casts you as James Earl Cash, a prisoner on death row. You are led down a corridor where you are about to receive a lethal injection. The needle goes in. You wake up hours later. A mysterious voice tells you to stick in the nearby earpiece, and explains that the "lethal" injection was just a heavy sedative. The man, later identified as Starkweather, turns out to be a director of snuff movies, where the people are really killed. He explains that if you follow his directions, manage to kill people and survive, you'll earn your freedom. This begins James Earl Cash's journey.

Throughout the course of the game, you'll have to make your way through different locales, such as a city and a mall, while killing gangs. You'll face lots of different gangs, from The Hoods and The Skins to tougher gangs like The Innocenz. Gang members carry weapons ranging from pistols and shotguns to knives and glass shards.

Manhunt is primarily a stealth game. You'll have to hide behind walls, flatten yourself against walls, crouch, hide behind objects, and walk to avoid attracting attention. You can also throw glass bottles to create a distraction, or you can punch surfaces and yell to get gangs to come to you.

You have a variety of weapons at your disposal, from the traditional, such as the shotgun and uzi, to the disgusting, such as a sickle and plastic bag. Each weapon has three different ways of attacking, depending on how long you hold the button. A quick attack will do the job, a medium attack will be bloody, but a high attack, requiring the longest amount of time, will earn you the most points, and will allow you to see your kill in a cinematic style, with blood splatting on the camera, and gurgling noises.

Manhunt also lets you use a USB headset, such as the one that came included with SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals. With the headset, you will hear Starkweather speak into your ears instead of through your speakers, and you will be able to shout into the microphone to attract gangs instead of pressing a button.


Manhunt PlayStation 2 Press against walls and lean out from corners to plan your attack.
Manhunt Windows Aahhh, crowbar, very useful tool
Manhunt PlayStation 2 Move slowly and stick to the dark to creep up behind hunters.
Manhunt PlayStation 2 Main Menu

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User Reviews

Gruesomely violent stealth action outing, which is undeniably masterfully crafted and executed. Windows Nick Drew (371)
Excellent if you can stomach the content Windows M C (7)
You should have killed me when you have the opportunity. Xbox Tiroloco (24)
Perhaps My Least Favorite Game Ever. Sucks Eggs. Windows null-geodesic (235)
Why? PlayStation 2 GNJMSTR (144)
blood, gore, and lots of fun PlayStation 2 AaronGamer (42)

The Press Says

Shooterplanet Windows May 29, 2004 88 out of 100 88
Game Chronicles Windows Jun 06, 2004 8.6 out of 10 86
Worth Playing Windows May 03, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation 2 Apr 22, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited PlayStation 2 Dec, 2003 78 out of 100 78 Xbox Apr 23, 2004 13 out of 20 65
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Super Play PlayStation 2 Jan, 2004 4 out of 10 40
CanardPC Windows May 19, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Joystick (French) Windows Jun, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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The Scottish actor Brian Cox, who features in this game, also featured in the (unrelated) film Manhunter.

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