Maneater is John Wick if Keanu Reeves had gotten whacked and his canine needed to embark on a bloody marketing campaign of retribution as an alternative. You play as an ever-evolving bull shark pup with an axe to grind in opposition to a neighborhood superstar large sport hunter who goes by Scaly Pete. Pete, that surly cajun SOB, caught and gutted your mom when you have been being born, killing her, disfiguring you, and thereby incomes him a righteous chomping. After all, Pete has his personal qualms concerning the state of affairs, primarily the truth that you tore off his hand in your manner out of the womb after which promptly ate it as you escaped. No matter, that dude’s a jerk.
From the second the prologue ends, your eventual showdown with Scaly Pete is about. However how well-prepared you arrive at your inevitable loggerhead is a wholly completely different matter. Maneater mixes the open world environments of GTA with gentle motion RPG components from Far Cry.
Gamers begin as a newly-born bullhead shark who should survive the brackish waters of seven explorable Southeastern American delta areas. The preliminary levels of the sport are relatively sedate, with a deal with usually snacking on something smaller than your self. By predating on smaller animals like catfish and turtles, the participant can shortly construct up their shark’s energy, gather helpful sources for levelling, and acquire obligatory XP.
When you bulk up, stage up, and evolve sufficiently, you’ll develop your searching vary additional, finally overlapping your territory with competing predators like muskogee, alligators — even orcas. After which consuming them.
As soon as your shark reaches adolescence you’ll settle for numerous missions — combating off different apex predators, for instance, or searching a selected variety of prey species to maintain their inhabitants in verify (sure that particularly contains people) — to be able to speed up your XP features.
If the prescribed missions aren’t your factor, you may as well simply software round in search of bother. The sport provides quite a few elective duties, targets, discoverable checkpoints, hidden useful resource packing containers, and different secrets and techniques for gamers to seek out. And as quickly as your shark hits its adolescent stage, your entire sport map opens for exploration.
Your shark can even acquire new powers because it eats its manner by way of the seas, together with growing a Thresher Shark-like tail whip; a sturdy casing of protecting bone armor, or more and more delicate sonar expertise. Hell sure your shark does sonar.
Throughout my playthrough at a hands-on occasion in San Francisco final week, my shark’s feeding frenzies finally attracted undesirable consideration from the native human inhabitants who invariably referred to as out a number of waves of shark hunters (and finally Coast Guard models) in an effort to finish my reign of terror. It was not not like the police response to incomes infamy stars in GTA.
The distinction being that, not like GTA, Maneter has a set variety of enemy waves to outlive and if gamers can truly chomp, ram, tail-whip and thrash their manner by way of these opponents, they’re going to afford themselves the chance to face off in opposition to one in all ten native shark hunter bosses. Ingest all of these fishermen and you will get a shot at Scaly Pete himself.
The sport itself is pretty quick — round eight – 10 hours for the first quest alone and about 16 hours for those who full the entire elective missions, in keeping with the builders. Maneater might be accessible for PS4, XBox One, and on the Epic Recreation Retailer for $39.99 on Might 22nd, with a model for the Change arriving at an undisclosed later date.