Review: Maneater – Truth Quest
I enjoyed the game so much that when I recently picked up an Xbox Series X with Gamepass Ultimate, I took advantage of it being a Gamepass game and completed it once again, getting all 1000 gamerscore on it…something I’m never much bothered about.
So when an Xbox review code arrived for the 1st Maneater DLC: Truth Quest, I was more than ready to get back out into the waters and start causing mayhem again.
Thankfully Chris Parnell is back as journalist Trip Westhaven and narrates proceedings in the same flippant and humorous style that engaged me so much in the main game, with more lines of dialogue that had me chuckling to myself once more.
This time around the narrative involves Port Clovis and the Naval Wildlife Organization (NWO), as conspiracy theories abound that the mutations from the original game were caused by Government experiments.
A new area is given to swim around in, along with a new evolution set and an increased level cap to not only bolster your own stats, but also applies to your NPC enemies too…and damn can they be hard to beat at times!
The missions follow the same formula as before but with a few tweaks here and there. A timed run through a succession of checkpoints isn’t too difficult, but prepare yourself for when you have to use the new ability of hurling back explosives at a specific target…my (usually on a long fuse) temper exploded more times than the explosives did as I either:
- Failed to locate the specific location of the explosive in the sea before it detonated
- Was killed while looking for it due to increased enemy activity and their levelled up stats
- Was killed while waiting for anything to actually be thrown …something that happened far too often
- Was too busy fighting off the enemy after finally biting onto something to aim it properly at the target
There are new missions to be found in the old areas and it is still a hell of a lot of fun to swim around causing havoc everywhere, with the main fun factor of the game that I enjoyed so much completing it twice before still being there.
My main gripes are the increased difficulty (though that could easily be attributed to me being an old git) and the huge frustration of the sections requiring you to grab and throw back projectiles.
Overall though Maneater: Truth Quest gives you more of the same to sink your teeth into (pun fully intended) with a few new wrinkles to keep things a little fresh.
If you enjoyed the original game you’ll have a whale of a time (oooh, another pun!) with it, but if Maneater wasn’t for you first time around, there’s nothing here to reel you back in.
I’m definitely ready for some more shark based action.
Maneater: Truth Quest is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S.
Review by Dave from an Xbox review code.