MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.
Rockstar Games Manhunt 2
- Motion-sensing assassinations are interesting, game's atmosphere is good
- Clunky controls, mediocre graphics and repetitive gameplay
If you're into movies like Eli Roth's Hostel then this game's right up your alley. But, if you're looking for a thriller with a little more substance, you might want to look elsewhere.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
Rockstar is no stranger to controversy. In fact, you could argue that the company even welcomes it; no one is better at taking negative press and turning it into PR gold.
But the company's secret has always been that, despite what critics say, their games are usually nothing short of brilliant. It's too bad then that their controversial Manhunt 2 doesn't live up to the bar they've set.
Hands on approach
As with most titles on the Wii the controls are what make or break the game, and this is the case with Manhunt 2. You spend the first several minutes in the game getting acclimated to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk movements needed to control the main character, Daniel Lamb. The controls are passable but ultimately, they feel clunky and stiff, and that's just for mundane tasks like walking down hallways. When we finally got to the much-discussed killing sequences, we often found ourselves confused by the motion-sensing controls and unable to pull off the necessary moves.
Ironically, the one thing that saves the game are the many different executions. Creep up close enough to an enemy and you can activate a gruesome mutilation that requires you to swing the Wii Remote and Nunchuks around. As we mentioned above, the controls do get a little confusing but it does provide a nice visceral edge that most games can't even begin to touch.
The truth is brutal
The rest of the game boils down to a stealth adventure, manoeuvring through shadows with bits of exploration and some mundane puzzles thrown in for variety. Visually the game does nothing that impressive; though there are a few nice touches such as blood splatters, and the game does a good job of setting up an oppressive and soul-sucking atmosphere.
Still, Manhunt 2 is only mildly amusing and the violence and gore gets tired after a while. If you're into movies like Eli Roth's Hostel then this game's right up your alley. But, if you're looking for a thriller with a little more substance, you might want to look elsewhere.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Google Pixel 5 Review: Soft Reboot
- 2 Google Pixel 4a review: The Goldilocks Google phone
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G review: Wrong Number
- 4 LG NANO99 NanoCell 8K TV review: Prestige at a price
- 5 LG Velvet review: Fake it till you make it
Latest News Articles
- Prime Day 2020: Snag a PS4 Pro for $399
- Survey: Social distancing creates 762,000 new Australian gamers
- xCloud game streaming will come to iOS with a browser-based solution
- APC targets console and PC gamers with its Back-UPS Pro Gaming uninterruptible power supply
- You'll soon be able to stream Xbox games to your iPhone
PCW Evaluation Team
Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
- Best Australian Amazon Prime Day deals
- Why do gamers like RGB Lights?
- Huawei Matebook X Pro (2020) review: The real deal
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?