When the first Manhunt was released in 2003 it was received well by the critics, yet the media had a field day with the main focus of the game being murder in the most brutal way possible. Four years later the sequel almost never saw the light of day due to the extreme adult content, and while Rockstar fought for an Adults Only rating, they didn’t get it. So after a few months of censoring the game, finally I’ve gotten my hands on a copy for the Nintendo Wii. So let’s see if this is more than just a gore fest, and if there is any substance to the violence
Meet Daniel Lamb, the main character you will be playing as in Manhunt 2. The game starts off with a riot at a Mental Institution and you are escaping with a fellow inmate, while slowly uncovering the reason that you were in the institue and everything that has happened in the past. Ultimately the story is quite an interesting one, and definately has some twists and turns along the way, but unfortunately for Manhunt 2 it’s just not good enough. The characters aren’t believable, and I feel after playing this game through many players will be saying “Daniel who?”
The graphics are average to say the least. I wasn’t expecting something amazing being on the Wii, but I certainly did expect more. The graphics engine doesn’t look too much better than the first Manhunt. Environments, while fitting to the setting of the game, could have been a bit more varied and detailed.
The gameplay is largely the same the as the first game, although there are some new features that are a welcome addition, one being execution moves being able to be completed with firearms. The Wii controls are quite decent, although I found it didn’t always register my swinging motions and that often ended up with me being dead on the ground. AI is questionable a lot of the time, and is nothing short of below average, in face I’d almost say that the first game had better AI than this game. Also after the first few levels you will find yourself just running the mill and it really lacks any real excitement. The executions are also censored, which is quite annoying as the screen goes red and blurred and you really can’t see the damange that you’ve inflicted.
The one thing that does stand out with Manhunt 2 is the sound. It sounds brutal, and is almost good enough to make you feel sick. Hearing the pound of a sledgehammer against someones face is still making my stomach turn.
I’m sorry this review isn’t longer, but I stand by that Manhunt 2 has been overshadowed by the controversy. The story is something less than memorable, characters a lame as are the environments. Add this to an average control scheme and outdated graphics, and Manhunt 2 is potential missed to be the first real serious game on the Nintendo Wii