Posted: June 28
Chances are, the only reason you've heard of this game is because of the controversy over the violence, and there's a good reason for that. You know those parts of some games where it suddenly decides it wants to be a stealth game, and it makes you play with poorly cobbled together stealth mechanics for a little while and even if you're a big fan of stealth games it's hard to enjoy it because the mechanics are so poorly designed? Manhunt is like that, except that they forgot to make the rest of the game that's actually fun. It's an extremely simple, basic stealth game where almost every environment is a bland, featureless alleyway or concrete building, and lacks any sort of story beyond what's in the steam description. Along the way you have to deal with other gameplay favorites such as two escort missions and a section where if you get spotted 4 times, the episode fails. It's a game where the only reason to play it is the violence, but even that is pretty tame by today's standards - I could see it being edgy enough to be a decent gimmick in 2003, but in 2015 after you've seen the first two or three strong executions you'll probably just wish they had a skip key so that you wouldn't have to watch any more, since they have barely any variety and aren't particularly graphic. It's just overall an extremely boring game, and I can't recommend it to anyone for even $10 unless you played it back then and are just desperate to relive your 2003 days.