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So I’ve played Manhunt for the PS2, although in downloadable PS3 form. I only have a few words to say after playing this controversial game and to assume that it is mostly bad stuff would be incorrect. I remember years ago I wasn’t allowed to go near this game, it was something I had to go to a friends house to play. When I was young I was really interested in violence like most young boys. Blowing up brain matter on Resident Evil was e most glorifying moment in my young gaming life, my excuse will always be, “Well they are zombies anyway.” But I digress.
Manhunt was a totally different playing field for me, I remember being a little disturbed but still in my glory being able to rebel against my parents wishes. The stealth action was a little tedious for me back then, which is weird considering my life was Metal Gear Solid at the time. So playing this game now in its entirety? I love it, not just because of the violence, I’m over that and pretty sure that my tolerance of being able to keep myself from going to shoot my own snuff film is pretty stable. You play as a guy named Cash who is on his way to death row, but of course in true Rockstar fashion he is carried away into a dark gritty world known as Carcer City. You spend most of the gaming sneaking around to execute enemies for points. The more gruesome the execution, the more points you will get.
All in the while getting directions from a grisly voice in an ear piece motivating you to kill.
While I traversed through each section of the game I kept thinking to myself, “This is like a deadly version of hide and seek.” and it is basically just that. But that didn’t stop me from continuing on.
The world of Carcer City itself is dark, bloody and dirty. Almost every scene is reminiscent of a movie set in Detroit, let alone the atmospheric music booming in the background. In the meantime you find yourself scurrying around to hide from the various gangs that are out to hunt you. It’s thrilling and sometimes a little scary, but still so perfectly done that it almost becomes an art form. That’s what I think of this game as, a dark art form that was misunderstood back then. Especially now that you see games that are ten times worse than this. Then again, you feel a little icky at times when you are killing people, but again it’s just a game and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
So how do I totally feel about the game now that I’ve played it from start to finish? It was great, severely underrated and glorious. Something Rockstar could maybe feed on for the future instead of focusing on the Grand Theft Auto series. This was their swan song of games that took crazy chances, it was a love letter to those fucked up gamers like you and me who just keep it in the virtual world. The graphics still look great even though most people would look at it now and say, yuck. The music is brilliant. The controls? Lets just say e camera could have used a little fixing.
All in all it was defiantly a game you need to play before you die, or before you are hunted down by a blood thirsty gang of psychotics.
Ugh me too, I kind of want a female doctor now that everyone is thinking about the next one!