Manhunt 2 Review
Wii | PS2 | PSP
Manhunt 2 box art
System: PSP,PS2, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Rockstar 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Rockstar 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 29, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Manhunt 2's gameplay doesn't quite match its presentation. Limited camera control, occasionally shoddy stealth mechanics, and A.I. that sometimes sniffs you out when it seems they shouldn't and vice versa will break the otherwise excellent immersion from time to time. A few frustrating levels will also keep you searching over and over for an unclear objective.


Manhunt 2 screenshot


I did like the fact that you could play Manhunt 2 as a more action-oriented shooter once guns become available--you'll be limited to crow bars, hypodermic needles, glass shards etc. for the first few chapters. This option may not be intentional and could actually be the result of poor balancing on the developer's part, but it provides some welcome variety to the sneak-heavy gameplay, although seasoned stealth gamers may not agree.

Based on the pre-release buzz and controversy, I expected Manhunt 2 to be mostly a shock-fest, watered-down by censorship. So, when its creative levels and creepy narrative grabbed me more than the cheap-thrill kills, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Enter this title with an open mind, like you would any other game not saddled with this type of media attention, and you could have a similar experience. The gameplay isn't perfect and the gore might be a bit much for sensitive-stomached gamers, but the story, bite-sized chapters perfect for portable play, and the overall presentation makes this one of the year's best PSP offerings.

By Matt Cabral
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • 70+ new brutal methods of execution including gun executions
  • Improved hunter A.I. including player detection in shadows
  • Chilling and diverse real world environments
  • New disturbing psychological thriller storyline
  • Highly atmospheric original score


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    Looks better on PSP than on consoles. Gritty but good visuals.
    3.0
    Control
    Camera control and stealth mechanics will take some getting used to.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Appropriately eerie score is supported by menacing voice-overs and sickening kill effects.
    4.0
    Play Value
    A decent 12-15 hour campaign on the PSP, broken into short chapters
    4.0
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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