ManEater is what happens when you take Eco: The Dolphin and mix it with Grand Theft Auto III, but replace the main character with a shark. The result is one of my favorite titles of this summer. As this game has demonstrated, never underestimate someones desire for simple but silly carnage.
You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat
ManEater is a journey of vengeance and natural order in a tale narrated by Chris Parnell. Players take on the role of a shark seeking vengeance against Scaly Pete (a famous shark hunter). The sharks mother is killed and they are left for dead. However she starts as a baby but grows and attempt to find her way back to the ocean while on a warpath.
Let’s get this out of the way now, this is not suppose to be a scientifically accurate shark simulator. There is nothing realistic or accurate about this experience. You’re a shark that engages in cartoonish levels of violence. This is a game that clearly takes its inspiration for all those chessey shark films that are made for TV. It’s no Jaws, the films is more on par with The Meg or Sharknado in regards to story quality.
The game is not afraid to hide this fact and it wants players to have fun eating everything in sight. That is were most of the fun comes from, just swimming around and asserting your dominance on the eco-system.This is archived just by eating everything in sight (for nourishment or the LOLz). It’s not scientifically accurate (but realism be damned) it’s basically Grand Theft Auto with a shark.
Also one has to applaud the development team for crafting the perfect open world. It’s not too big and has a solid balance between details and content. While broken up into different sections, each one offers a unique experience that is not too dependent on being a massive world.
The game has its fair share of inconveniences that might annoy players at worst. The two biggest are the camera not being focused and the game being too grindy at first. During many intense moments, the camera would slip from the focus when the action got intense. Progression is grindy from the beginning (on par with a mobile game) as most weak animals don’t offer much XP while more powerful foes could easily kill you. Once players reach a higher level, this no longer becomes an issue.
Despite some minor shortcomings, ManEater is an excellent game. This is one of those middle of the road titles that offer a unique experience not seen in other games. Gamers are going to have a lot of fun on this quest for revenge while climbing up the food chain. This is also going to be an experience you will enjoy sharing with friends, either in real life or while streaming.
Smile you Son of a…
ManEater is a unique experience that has you assert your dominance on the top of the food chain through cartoonish levels of carnage. You basically play as a shark that swims around and eats everything. That is all there is to it and you can’t complain about the fun you’re going to have.
Disclaimer: One-PR provided the game used in this review.