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Manhunt

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Incredibly gruesome -- not for kids of any age.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Absence of any moral/social authority, corruption, criminal behavior. Minimal humor, any humor is presented in a sadistic light.

Positive role models

There is no positive role models here. The game glarmorizes brutal murder and shows people stalking others to kill them.

Ease of play
Not applicable
Violence

Repetitious, pre-meditated murders, blood, violence, torture. "Kill or be killed" plot, surprise attacks, hostages, torture.

Sex

Sexual references, sexual profanity.

Language

Continuous use of all types of profanity, vulgar language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Healing power-ups are referred to as "painkillers", other drug references, alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is one of the most violent games ever produced. The premise is that you advance by stalking and murdering victims. The murder scenes are depicted with very realistic graphics. Since the game rewards and glamorizes brutal murder, it is definitely inappropriate for children and teenagers.

What's it about?

As the star of MANHUNT you are James Earl Cash, a criminal who is on death row. Following your supposed execution, you wake up to find you have been \"rescued\" by the \"director.\" The director's goal is simple: He wants to tape you assassinating men he has hired to hunt you down and kill you. You are beaten and abused by the director's men, then thrust out into a world of thugs, gangsters and psychotic killers who make every effort to hunt you down.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Words cannot really be used to describe Manhunt -- however, a few that come to mind are disturbing, sick, and scary. Not much else can be said for a game of which the entire focus is having the player assassinate people in the most gruesome way possible, all for the delight of a "director" who is taping your every move. If for any reason we needed to train kids to be expert killers, Manhunt could be the textbook.

Every aspect of a gruesome death is covered in slow-motion detail. The director is not happy with a simple death; instead you need to make the assassination bloodier, more cunning and more horrific to get the director's praise. Manhunt should make hardened criminals queasy, much less your kids. Keep your kids away from this one.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why a game like this might be made. What is the appeal? Why do you think people like to play games that are so violent? Are violent games always bad for people, or can they be a safe fantasy?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$40
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rockstar Games
Release date:January 4, 2004
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M

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Adult Written byrxcort May 2, 2011
Can't anyone give a serious review, yes I'm talking to all of those 13-year olds that pretend to be parents
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

i hate this game

this game is horrible! im never going to play it! its just stupid! i dont get the point of it
Teen, 14 years old Written byjcdizz April 9, 2008

Life Changing and Traumatizing

I once tried playing this as an experiment but I never even made it past the first guy your supposed to kill. Ideally whoever made this designed it to be all about Kill, Murder, Kill, Assasinate, Kill, Get Rid Of, and....oh, did i mention Kill. To make my point even more proven the first time you start the game the game advises you to "Close the curtains, shut off the lights, lock the door, and get ready to Kill!" It even goes as far as checking your screen and telling you to adjust the darkness to make the game as gory and suspensful as can be. Not only do you kill, but people dont realize that WHO you kill. I've heard from other friends of mine who have played it, as well as did a little reasearch, that not only do you kill gang-members and thugs, but also going as far as killing mental patients at an asylum. Imagine the fear that could be struck into the minds of any kid playing this! The screams of your crazed victims is enough to want to make you check into your own asylum. Not to mention the character does not hesitate to be 'creative' in his killing. This game is only for those with steel hearts...literally. Show a 40-year old man and he can easily get a heart attack from the gore of this game

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