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10-19-06, 12:56 PM
Since Halloween is upon us and I am in the holiday mood :D I figured I would do a little revamping/raving of an older classic many people have forgotten about.


I gotta admit that this is prolly the only game that has gotten into my head and stayed there, in a spooky and creepy way. But what's so frightening about being stealth and killing gang members very, very violently? It's the atmosphere I guess. Also, the XBOX version of Manhunt is compatible with the 360 so everyone can play!!! Here are what others thought of the PS2 and XBOX versions of Manhunt:

Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/manhunt/index.html?q=manhunt) = 8.4
IGN (http://ps2.ign.com/objects/549/549938.html) = 8.5
GT (http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?fs=1&id=685) = 8.8

Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/xbox/action/manhunt/index.html?q=manhunt) = 8.3
IGN (http://xbox.ign.com/objects/621/621240.html)

Here's my take on the game:

Overall the gameplay is good and the controls are very stable. The layout of the controls on both PS2 and XBOX versions are the same, obviously with a few little exceptions (duh). Even though it would be nice to break down the entire control layout, I think I'll leave it up to you to figure it out.

The story of Manhunt begins with a convict, James Earl Cash, being put to death around the midnight hour. As the "poison" enters his veins, it's not too much later until Cash wakes up to a strange voice, finding out that he isn't dead . . . just in a different place than he last remembered. After a nice introduction from the voice, you learn that you are the new star of an underground gore video director's film, obviously being made in progress throughout the game. He wants you to go through the worst parts of town and kill everyone in sight. Who are these people that you have to kill? Gang members. Each gang member you encounter has their own style, whether it be certain masks, weapons or just backgrounds (literally insane, murderers, etc). This director promises that if you make it through the night, you will get another chance to live. Sounds promising huh?

The story does not have a ton of depth, but is very exciting. The gangs are pretty awesome too. But like I said earlier, the best thing is the atmosphere. Cash does go through some of the roughest parts of Carcer City, mainly old alleyways, prisons and asylums. These rooms and alleyways that are old, dirty, grimy, and just plain disgusting really get you into the game.

Fun Factor
Let me just say this, stealth action game + very violent deaths = pure fun! :D How can you beat that?

Replay Value
This is where Manhunt fails, in a sense. When starting a new game, there are two difficulty levels to play, Nightmare and Fetish. There is even another difficulty level to unlock but I forgot what that was. Either way, unless you are just completely infatuated with Manhunt, more than likely you will not go back through the other difficulty levels. Enuff said.

I waited to talk about graphics last because of one point: This is one of those games where fun outweighs graphics. Even though the graphics aren't that superb, the fun factor makes it to where you don't care about them anymore. For example, take any of the GTA games. The graphics aren't that great at all but the overall fun factor makes it a huge hit game, period.

Manhunt is a great game to grab during the Halloween season, I'd say that it will creep you out more than any other title out there (maybe besides any of the RE games, but that's on your preferences).

I'd also like to point out one thing. Your opinion on the game CAN be made or broken just with what gear you are playing on. I am currently playing the PS2 version (my XBOX is gone for repairs) with a 27" Tube TV and 5.1 surround sound. Don't really know how it will look on a HDTV or anything but I believe that the surround sound really kicks the game into another level. There's nothin better than to hear a guy screaming coming from your surround speakers when you least expect it . . . you'll have to change your pants!!!!

Finally, while going to pay off my copy of GoW, I found Manhunt for PS2 and XBOX for around $10 used. You can even get it fully covered by Gamestop for around $12 (game and warranty). I bought the XBOX version because it is backwards compatible with the XBOX 360!!! So for anyone that has a PS2/XBOX/XBOX 360, I recommend scraping up $10, go to your local Gamestop or EB Games and picking this one up for the Halloween weekend. Great game.

Overall Rating = 9.5/10

10-19-06, 01:09 PM
If you want to play a good game for Holloween, get Rule of Roses for the PS2. Its a new horror game released for it and its freaky. Alot like the early Clock Towers.