The truth is out there… in the bay, just beyond the fat guy sunbathing.
Maneater: Truth Quest is the first big paid expansion for the very first shark-orientated action RPG, or as the Tripwire marketing team likes to call it… a shARkPG.
So what’s it all about? Well, as the name alludes, it’s about a quest for the truth. Conspiracy theorists have concluded that Uncle Sam and the Naval Wildlife Organisation (NWO – totally not the New World Order…) is holding out on everybody by hiding away what they know about mutant creatures, and everything else.
Chris Parnell returns to voice the game’s ridiculous narrator, Trip Westhaven, as he presents your antics as a TV show – a spin-off from his original Maneater series – Truth Quest.
So, here are five things you need to know before Maneater: Truth Quests releases later this month.
Release Date: August 31st, 2021 (Maneater: Truth Quest DLC)
Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Publisher: Tripwire Presents
Availability: PSN (Digital)
The government is totally covering it all up, man
We all know that the government is hiding things from us. Aliens. Elvis. PS Vita 2. They’ve got them all locked away in some bunker somewhere and they won’t ever let us put our hands on any of them. Bastards.
That’s the real world, but it turns out that Big Sam is up to no good in Maneater’s Truth Quest expansion either. The Moon Landing wasn’t faked on a sound stage, it was done underwater, and that’s just one of the fun secrets that you can find in this meaty expansion.
Deadly fins and race to win
There’s a couple of new mission types in Maneater: Truth Quest, and one of them I really like. The other, I really, really like.
One of the new missions is called “Failure to Communicate” and it has you tail whipping people or objects into communication centres to destroy them. The other mission type is ring races which work into the game as pursuits – fail the pursuit and you’re sushi. I liked these. Reminded me of the Harry Potter broom racing sections on the PS One, but with more murder…
There’s always a bigger fish (though, technically orcas are marine mammals)
I got my sharky little arse handed to me a few times before I finally managed to beat the electric great white shark that the government was hiding. The potential for limitless energy from what is essentially a large fish is too good for us mere mortals. Yeah, well it’s too good for them, too, so I tricked the idiot fish onto land and then beat the shit out of it. I got very, very lucky with that one, and I’m glad I was recording when it happened!
Then I started a fight with a massive orca (killer whale) and… I didn’t come close to winning that fight – I got my arse handed to me again. I tried to run the same gag twice and get the orca to follow me onto land but it didn’t work. I gave up and moved along.
There are more big bad beasts of the sea waiting to be taken down a peg or two, but make sure you’re levelled up enough before you take them on. Speaking of which…
New evolutions and level caps!
Truth Quest introduces some new evolutions and an increased level cap that will let you level up your sea monster to level 40, which means hours of chewing up sea life to get your monster to its maximum potential. Or is it the maximum? I noticed that some of the big bad beasties were over level 40. Maybe our unlikely hero will get another increase in another expansion?
But is it fun?
Look, I’ll be honest with you – I don’t really know Maneater that much. My five-year-old kid has played the main game more than I have – I know, I’m terrible. But I’m writing a listicle here, not my submission to Father of the Year.
I had to rope the kid in to help me out with the basics – because I shun ALL tutorials – and it was actually good fun once I knew what I was doing, and it was nice to share in the murderous man eating with my child. Shared activities are always great. I imagine that if you’ve played and enjoyed the base game, which is required for this expansion, I think you’ll probably get a kick out of it. I had a good laugh playing it and I’ll be getting familiar with the base game before this comes out later this month.
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