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|First release:||Manhunt (2003)|
|Latest release:||Manhunt 2 (2007)|
Manhunt is a stealth-based psychological horror video game and acontroversial series of stealth-action games developed by Rockstar North, as well as several other Rockstar studios, and published by Rockstar Games, set in the same fictional world as Grand Theft Auto III era and Bully. The series began in 2003 with the release of Manhunt, and continued in 2007 with Manhunt 2. The name of the series and its games are derived from the term "manhunt" as used in law enforcement, where it refers to an intensive search for a dangerous fugitive. As of 26 March 2008, the Manhunt franchise has sold 1.7 million copies worldwide.
The series primarily focuses on stealth and executing enemies whilst their backs are turned. It also incorporates the use of firearms, usually later in the game, to create shootout situations making it half in the action genre.
Manhunt is played in a 3rd person linear style.
The gameplay in the Manhunt series consists mainly of sneaking around and attacking enemies from behind. When the player enters the shadows, he becomes invisible to the "hunters" on condition that no one saw him enter them.
The protagonist character can lure enemies by throwing items, hitting walls and surroundings, kick things such as trash cans and more. Once the player is behind an unaware hunter and carrying a weapon, the protagonist can perform an execution which can be quick and barely painful or, if the player gets the chance to stalk his prey, can perform more gruesome acts.
There are three levels of executions, clasified by it's goryness: Hasty, Violent and Gruesome and are performed depending on how long the attack button is held down.
Manhunt is set in Carcer City, Manhunt 2 in Cottonmouth. Both cities exist within the same fictional universe as Bully and the Grand Theft Auto series. Both games take place in particularly dangerous areas of the city, sometimes to the extent that the area has been wholly abandoned, and subsequently populated by criminals and corruption, whilst cordoned off from the rest of the city. These cities are full of different gangs, distinguishable by their group's trademark outfits, which serves to differentiate them from other gangs. These gangs consist of small-time petty criminals, to powerful organized syndicates.