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Manhunt 2

Genre: Action
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Developer: Rockstar Games
Release Date: 2007

Written by: El Gordo

Manhunt 2 is the sequel to the somewhat popular and controversial game Manhunt, by Rockstar Games. This time, the game focus is around protaganist Daniel Lamb. Daniel is a patient at Dixmor Asylum who has undergone some kind of apparent experiment. The game begins when a black out frees the patients of the asylum. As you progress through the game, you find out why your being hunted down. Your accompanied by a fellow patient named Leo Kasper. Throughout the game, Leo refers to the people hunting you down as "The Project". The storyline is very gripping and the last few episodes will have you wanting closure on this mind bending story. I am not going to give anything away, because the story is that damn good.

The game itself leaves a lot to be desired. It's a typical Rockstar game, so we can't really expect perfect controls and camera angles. First off the controlling, moving around your character is pretty fluid with the use of the analog stick. On the other hand navigating through areas in certain chapters is just horrible; due to the lackluster graphics, sometimes impossible situations, and/or few choices to be made with the character. Performing executions is probably the only solid thing in the game. Changing from a weaker weapon to a stronger weapon, a victim has dropped, is probably the most piece of crap ever. Why (in God's name) must I have to push a button to change the weapons? But even more (yes there is more) the changing is delayed by a whole whopping 1 and a half seconds. It's bad enough, I have 4 guys on my ass with machine guns and scythes. Much less have the changing of my weapon delayed. The whole aiming concept just sucks completely. In one chapter you will be forced to manually aim your gun at a speaker, but when you push the aiming button you aim towards an enemy and your screwed because you failed to shoot the speaker out. What the hell is that? So now, one person is trying to kill me over a speaker and another person is trying to kill me with a shotgun. Don't even get me started on the chapter where you have to carry a can of gasoline to start fires. Once again Rockstar delivered with a solid story based game......

Graphics: : Not all that bad. Rockstar's use of grainy coloring and rouch textures really makes the environments stand out. 3.5
Sound: The voice acting is, as always, top notch. Sound effects are superb and just about as good as movie 3.0
Playability: Aside from the off camera angles and shaky controls, some controls are top notch and solid. Which doesn't really mean anything because overall the controlling really sucks 2.0
Bang for your buck: It's been out for a year and sells for a little under 20 clams. If your looking for something gripping for a decent price check it out. 2.75
: This game will not only test your game skills, but it will also challenge your patience. Some of the chapters require a lot of creative thinking to survive and some require lots and lots of luck. I honestly thought the game was somewhat gripping and the ending was deeply satisfying. 3.0 / 5.0