You ever thought to yourself when watching the movie Jaws that man that looks like a lot of fun! Am I am not talking about fighting the shark. In Maneater you get to play as one of the greatest sea predators ever the bull shark. Now why in the world would this be fun? Well, the short answer is your not just a bull shark, you play as a mutant bull shark in this shark RPG as the dev team put it. This has to be some of the dumbest fun I have in a long time with a game but this game is not perfect.
In Maneater you play a shark whose sole purpose is to eat every living thing you see whether it be fish, turtle, or man. This game has a great gameplay loop that starts you off as a pup and ends with you becoming a mega-shark. In the game, you are being chased by famed shark hunter Scaly Pete who has the thickest cajun accident ever, but in his own right makes this game truly what it is and that’s balls to walls insane. At times you even feel for Scaly Pete, I had weird moments in the game where I thought to myself that I was the villain. Other than that the story doesn’t have that much going on.
It does however have a narrator that is there narrating almost all of your actions. This would be super annoying, however, the voice actor is none other then Chris Parnell the voice of Jerry from Rick and Morty. He bring such a great dry humor to even the most horrifying of things you can do in the game. The game is meant to be like a shark week show and the narrator brings that out so clearly.
The gameplay is bombastic you can lunge out of the air grab a human and tail whip them into the sky. That is a sentence I didn’t think I would ever write, but here we are. You start off not being able to eat catfish without them giving you a little trouble and by the end of the game you can fight and eat a sperm whale! Not only that you can customize what kind of abilities you have as a shark as well and even what you look like. From bone armor that makes you a literal tank or electrical blue skin that makes you become a living lighting bolt. This is just scratching the surface of all the weird builds you can have for your shark. Your two main objectives are to eat and evolve.
Now, this game is not perfect not by a long shot this game has a few big issues where one time I died and when I hit respawn the game took me back to the opening game cutscene. As if I never played the game at all. Luckily a quit restart of the game fixed this issue, I still got lucky I didn’t lose hours of progress. The other big issue is that this game truly has a repetitive gameplay loop and what I mean by that is what you do in the first hour will be the same thing you’re doing in 10th but just as a bigger shark.
While this isn’t a bad thing at all if that’s the kind of game you’re looking for. You just need to know there isn’t anything else out of this gameplay loop. This is a great game to play when you want to listen to music, audiobook, or podcast like our own Ruben Jays podcast You’re My Best Friend.
Overall, my experience being a shark and killing any and everything was a fun one it came at a time for me that I truly needed to just play something that is dumb fun. Coming in at $39.99 as well made it a great price for your money. If you have ever loved sharks or are a fan of Jaws I would pick this game up and give it look. I would give this game a 7/10 for being a fun time that does after a while gets repetitive. None the less I would give Maneater a try and see what crazy tricks you can pull off.
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Hey guys thanks for reading the article, I wanted to thank Ruben Jay for giving me the time off to grieve because about two weeks ago now my grandma passed away. Now I am back and ready to bring you guys more fun gaming articles. Rest In Peace Grandma. N8