When I noticed the footage of aquatic homicide sim Maneater from E3 final yr, I had two responses. The first was that it appeared actually thrilling to play. The second was that it had the potential to be obscenely silly. I wrote all about this in my preview, and tbh it’s value a learn earlier than you keep it up, so I don’t have to repeat myself an excessive amount of. But was I proper about Maneater? Yeah, I used to be.
The core simulation right here is an ideal encapsulation of the way it feels to be a idiot’s concept of a shark. It’s acrobatic, intuitive, and drivingly vicious, like Ecco The Dolphin after an extended spell in jail. But what might have been nice in a sport that was nasty, brutish and brief has been stretched into an open world plodder weighed down with lacklustre mission design, countless repetition, and a confused, blundering catastrophe of a message. Maneater has moments of brilliance, however they’re islands in a lagoon of bollocks-infested water, and it will get more and more tiring to swim between them.