DescriptionManhunt 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.
Part of the Following Groups
- BPjS / BPjM indexed games
- Gameplay feature: Chainsaws
- Germany Criminal Code confiscations (§131: Excess Violence)
- Graphics Engine: RenderWare
- Manhunt series
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- PlayStation 2 Platinum Range releases
|Gruesomely violent stealth action outing, which is undeniably masterfully crafted and executed.||Windows||Nick Drew (412)|
|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 (243)|
|Why?||PlayStation 2||GNJMSTR (173)|
|blood, gore, and lots of fun||PlayStation 2||AaronGamer (45)|
|Game Informer Magazine||Xbox||Jun, 2004||9 out of 10||90|
|Gameguru Mania||Windows||May 14, 2004||85 out of 100||85|
|GameZone||PlayStation 2||Nov 24, 2003||8.3 out of 10||83|
|GameSpy||PlayStation 2||Nov 26, 2003||80|
|GameSpy||Xbox||Apr 20, 2004||80|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Windows||Jun, 2004||79 out of 100||79|
|Game Freaks 365||PlayStation 2||2003||7.8 out of 10||78|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Xbox||Apr 23, 2004||13 out of 20||65|
|Fragland.net||Windows||Jul 12, 2004||62.2 out of 100||62|
|Super Play (Sweden)||PlayStation 2||Jan, 2004||4 out of 10||40|
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1001 Video GamesManhunt appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
CoincidenceThe Scottish actor Brian Cox, who features in this game, also featured in the (unrelated) film Manhunter.
ControversyThis game was banned in New Zealand for excessive violence.
On October 20, 2003, Manhunt was released in Australia with a MA15+ rating. Computer games with this rating are not suitable for anyone under 15 years old. The following year, the game was blamed for the death of a British teenager. Due to this, the censors met to review the game's rating on September 29. After this, the game's rating immediately changed from MA15+ to RC, meaning that it is illegal for anyone to purchase Manhunt, or import it into Australia.
In Ontario, Canada, the game was on February 3, 2004 the first ever to be slapped with a mandatory R rating (restricted to be bought or rented by those only of age 18 or older). It was applied by the Ontario Film Review Board, an agency of the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services, after its panel reviewed the game in part because of complaints by parents.
German indexOn March 31, 2004, Manhunt (PS2) was put on the infamous German index by the BPjM. Both Windows and Xbox versions followed February 26, 2005.
For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.
In addition to the indexing, on July 19, 2004, the PlayStation 2 version was also confiscated for violating §131 of Germany's penal code (for showing cruel violence against humans etc.). Both Windows and Xbox versions followed July 21, 2005.
ReferencesThe game takes place in Carcer City, which is the city right next door to Liberty City, the locale of Grand Theft Auto III, and was also mentioned numerous times in that game.
Original build differencesIn the original build of the game, the scene "Kill the Rabbit" was originally titled "Pool of Tears".
Information also contributed by ~~, CaptainCanuck, *Katakis*, Martin Smith, Scaryfun, and Xoleras
Related Web Sites
- IGCD Internet Game Cars Database (Game page on IGCD, a database that tries to archive vehicles found in video games.)
- Manhunt (Official page)
- Manhunt: Fully Loaded (A Manhunt fansite which includes the unlocked bonus art from the game, as well as fanart.)
- Wikipedia: Manhunt (Information about Manhunt at Wikipedia)