You Can feel your heart pounding a desperate rhythm as you see the gang member approach your hiding place in the shadows. Quiet. He's straining his ears, listening for any sound that will alert him to your position in the room. "Ah, shit. Must've been nuthin'," says the scar-faced enemy, wheeling around and slowly making his way back to his lookout position. You seize the moment, carefully stalking your prey, closing up behind him. A voice in your headset whispers: "Do it!" The metal baseball bat swings and meets the soft head of your enemy with a loud crack, splitting open its contents. The lifeless body of the guard slumps to the floor. You hear cold laughter in your earpiece. "Good, good!"
This is Manhunt. If you're the kind of person who flinches at the headshots in Unreal Tournament 2004, or screws up your face in disgust when a friend runs over an innocent pedestrian in GTA: Vice City, you might as well stop reading now and go back to watching Heartbeat. Manhunt is graphic in its depiction of violence - it's certainly the most shocking we've seen in a commercial title. However, Rockstar's latest is also a stealth game with a uniquely dark atmosphere, unforgettable set-pieces, smart voice-acting and some of the most twisted characters you'll ever encounter.
You play anti-hero James Earl Cash, a man sentenced to death for an unspecified crime. However, instead of meeting your fate on death row, you awake in the hellhole of Career City, USA. Surviving this urban death-maze packed with psychotic gangs and government agents is now your only goal. To help you do this.
you have to listen to the voice in your earpiece provided by the mysterious Lionel Starkweather, a sick puppy who makes snuff films - and yes, you happen to be the new star attraction.
Manhunt is a stealth game, so you must progress through the level or scene by lurking in the shadows, luring foes into secluded places away from compadres by making suspicious noises and then hopefully dispatching of them quietly. What's so disturbing is that you're rewarded by the speed and deadliness of your kills, which have three levels of intensity - hasty, violent and gruesome.
For example, if your weapon is cheese wire and you manage to stalk a victim from behind for several seconds, wait until the marker above their head turns from white, to yellow, to red, then you can pull off a hideous videotaped cut-scene, where you see the head aggressively cut from their body. You can then use the severed bonce as a distraction for other gang members, who'll start to panic when they see their ex-colleague not exactly in the best of health.
If you're a regular reader of PC. you'll know that stealth games aren't my favourite genre - the run-and-gun bullets-flying approach of titles such as Painkiller or Call Of Duty are much more instantly gratifying. Yet with Manhunt, the stealth element is backed up by some serious hardware in later levels, demonstrating further that this murder sim is a welcome, if decidedly sick take on other third-person classics such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty and Splinter Cell. Just don't tell the Daily Mail...
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode