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Manhunter 2: San Francisco

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Arcade overkill Amiga *Katakis* (37842)
An excellent follow-up to the first game DOS *Katakis* (37842)
One of the best old school graphic adventures. DOS gametrader (229)
Darker and even more brooding.... DOS Sam Hardy (76)

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Platform Votes Score
Amiga 5 3.4
Atari ST 3 3.6
DOS 31 3.3
Macintosh 1 4.0
Combined MobyScore 40 3.4

The Press Says

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AmigaCU Amiga
The graphics are technically poor and clumsy, but some of the animated sequences are superb. One of the best takes place when the Manhunter's space ship is hit, ricochets off a building and crash lands. Staggering out of the ship with stars spinning around his head, the Manhunter looks down and sees a pair of legs sticking out from under the craft and realizes he has crushed someone to death. Pretty gruesome, but very effective. The accompanying soundtrack, however, is totally inadequate and spoils the effect. Overall, Manhunter: San Francisco is an exciting sequel. Don't expect a Leisure Suit Larry clone, it's nothing like it, rather Manhunter has a style all its own.
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
Manhunter 2 is graphically pleasing, I won't mention the PC sound. Fans of Sierra games will lap it up, while it is not one of Sierra's best examples, it is still one for the collection.
DOSPower Play
Was für eine Mischung! Manhunter 2 bietet eine “Aliens“-Ecke, eine Prise “War of the Worlds“, etwas “Project Firestart“, gewürzt mit einem Schuß “1984“ und “V“: Das haut jeden Science-fiction-Freund aus dem Sattel. Die Story läßt den Spieler zwischen Spannung, Grusel, detektivischem Vergnügen und schierem Horror pendeln - Spannung ist fast schon garantiert. Dank des narrensicheren Interfaces muß sich niemand mit dem “Wie-sag‘-ich‘s-meinem-Parser“-Spiel herumärgern. Dafür sind manche Action-Sequenzen fürchterlich fies. Beim Zwischenspiel “Ratten abwehren“ bekam ich fast hysterische Schreikrämpfe, Michael ging‘s nicht anders. Außerdem sind manche Stellen ein wenig brutal (“Wem gehört der abgerissene Finger?“). Trotzdem: Eine tolle Story und ein spannendes Spiel.
AmigaPower Play
Amiga-Besitzer mit detektivischen Veranlagungen dürfen sich auf die Umsetzung von dem SF-Krimi "Manhunter 2" von Sierra freuen. Gegenüber der PC-Fassung dieser Mischung aus Mad Max und Alien-Geschichte hat sich nichts geändert, auch die streckenweise recht blutige Grafik ist noch drin.
AmigaAmiga Joker
Aber schließlich sind es ja die Story und die kniffligen Rätsel, die den Reiz eines Adventures ausmachen. Hier ist (wie schon beim Vorgänger) rabenschwarzer Humor angesagt, der hart an die Grenzen des guten Geschmacks geht. Es gibt manch harte Kopfnuß zu knacken und viele blutige Leichen zu finden. Anders gesagt: Manhunter 2 ist beileibe kein übles Spiel, aber so richtig begeistern werden sich dafür wohl nur schreibfaule Abenteuer mit dem Gemüt eines Metzgerhunds.
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
If you enjoyed Manhunter I, or you enjoy an adventure that's a bit arcadey whilst not being an arcade adventure, you should enjoy Manhunter San Francisco. Personally, I prefer the more orthodox Sierra adventures.
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
About a year after the cult classic Manhunter: New York is released by Sierra On-Line, an even more unusual sequel spawns from the minds of its creators Dave, Barry, and Dee Dee Murray. Manhunter 2: San Francisco continues where the first game has left off. It also manages to correct some of the unforgivable mistakes committed by the previous title.
Both music and graphics are basic compared to the likes of Hero's Quest, Space Quest III or Leisure Suit Larry III. And there has been no attempt to improve on the IBM-PC version of this game – released last year – thus it looks and sounds dated. If you have a lot of patience and enjoyed the first Manhunter game you may warm to this follow up, otherwise have a look at it (if your friendly neighborhood computer store will let you) before you invest. Even though you have to wear a brown robe to be a Manhunter, the game isn't exactly habit forming.
AmigaACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
While this is by no means Sierra-on-Line's best release, it will no doubt appeal to experienced adventure fans. Beginners and occasional adventure players may find it a little to hard, and consequently quite limited.
A sequel that was flawed on more than a few levels. For one, the graphics were even worse; most Apple //e games, half a decade earlier, had better graphics. Second, the puzzles weren't as unique as the original Manhunter game.
DOSJust Games Retro
I was so unimpressed with Manhunter: New York that I wasn't expecting much out of the sequel. I hadn't heard of the series before I started playing the original, and wasn't quite as prepared for the absurd world of 2004 as created by the triple-Murry design team. I mostly saw plenty of opportunities lost, and Manhunter 2 doesn't correct them. Though some tweaks have been made to make the game more accessible, the game itself is fundamentally the same with all the flaws from the first intact. If you're interested in Manhunter's second chapter, this will provide a story equivalent to New York. If you're expecting the series to start redeeming itself, it won't.
AmigaAmiga Power
Dire game at a scandalous price.