|Platform||PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Microsoft Windows|
|Genres||Survival horror, Stealth|
|Release dates||November 18, 2003 (PlayStation 2)
April 20, 2004 and April 23, 2004 (Microsoft Windows, Xbox)
May 14, 2013 (PlayStation 3)
Manhunt is a stealth-based survival horror video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in North America on November 18, 2003, for the PlayStation 2 and on April 20, 2004, for Xbox and PC, and in Europe on November 21 for the PS2 and on April 23 for the Xbox and PC. The game was released for PlayStation 3 on May 14, 2013 via the PlayStation Network. The game’s story follows a supposedly executed death row inmate who is forced to participate in a series of snuff films for a former film producer and now underground snuff director, Lionel Starkweather (voiced byBrian Cox).
Manhunt is a stealth-based psychological horror game played from a third-person perspective. The game consists of twenty levels, called “scenes”, as well as four unlockable bonus scenes. Players survive the scenes by dispatching enemy gang members, occasionally with firearms, but primarily by stealthily executing them. At the end of each scene, the player is graded based on their performance and awarded one to five stars. Unlockable content becomes available only when the player achieves three or more stars on a certain number of levels. On normal difficulty (called “Fetish”), the player can earn only four stars; one is awarded for completing the scene under a certain amount of time, and one to three stars are awarded based on the brutality of the executions carried out during the scene. On hard difficulty (called “Hardcore”), the player is graded out of five stars; one for speed, one to three for brutality and one for simply completing the scene. To gain the maximum number of stars, a set number of brutal executions must be carried out over the course of each scene; face-to-face fighting does not award stars. In order to carry out executions, the player must approach a hunter from behind, undetected.