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Maneater is a new action roleplaying game developed and published by Tripwire Interactive, which sees the player assume the position of a female bull shark.
The general premise of the game is that the shark has to survive in an open world, so as to take revenge on a fisherman who had not only disfigured her as a pup, but also killed her mother.
While it's available to play now on PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One, it will also be released later this year on Nintendo Switch.
Ahead of the game's release, Tripwire President John Gibson explained what people could expect, saying: "The three words that we think sum up the game best are: eat, explore, and evolve.
"Pete is the best fisherman in the gulf, [and] he'll tell you he's the best shark fisherman. He disfigures our baby shark at the beginning of the game, and he does some really nasty things, so he's not a very nice guy."
In its review, GAMINGbible compared Maneater to 2006 game Jaws Unleashed, concluding that, if nothing else, it should provide 'a few hours of undersea fun'.
"The game aims to take players on a journey through uncharted waters," GAMINGbible explained.
"You start as a baby bull shark and gradually evolve, ultimately asserting yourself as the apex predator of the seas.
"Maneater, as a concept, does in places bear a strong resemblance to the likes of 2006's far-from-fantastic Jaws Unleashed. However, 14 years later, Maneater arrives armed to the teeth with upgrades and diverse underwater environments, wanting a chunk of the action.
It continues to say that the game 'quickly introduces you to shark life', teaching you the basics to help you 'survive in such a demanding watery world'.
"The storyline takes the shape of a reality TV show titled Maneaters vs Sharkhunters, which is presented by actor Chris Parnell, aka the voice of Jerry in Rick and Morty)," the review says.
"With this being said, you are not confined to the storyline in the slightest. The beauty of this game is that you have the luxury of doing whatever you want, whenever you want. If you just want to nom on swimmer limbs all day, there's plenty of humans lazing around on the beach. However, if you want a unique and engaging story to accompany you on your underwater journey, Maneater has just that, too!"
GAMINGbible concludes that the game is 'Good', or a 6/10 if we're putting numerical value to it, which sounds entertaining enough.
The gaming outlet adds: "Maneater is in some ways a spiritual successor to Jaws Unleashed, so if you're a die-hard fan of that old cult hit, this is definitely up your creek.
"The game boasts beautiful environments and a compelling combat system which work really well hand in hand.
"The story in some ways feels as if it exists just for the sake of it, however - it doesn't seem to add a great deal as the game progresses, other than to explain the origin of the baby bull shark at the start.
"Maneater makes for an interesting addition to the action-RPG genre, and is one that is sure to capture the imagination of adventurous aquatic gamers, if only for a few hours of undersea fun."
Maneater is out now on PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows (via the Epic Games store) and Xbox One. It will also be released later this year on Nintendo Switch.
Featured Image Credit: Tripwire Interactive
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