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This New Video Game Lets You Play As A Man-Eating Shark

Tripwire Interactive’s new offering “Maneater” lets you play as a shark and lets you have a chomping-good time while you’re at it.

Life As An Apex Predator

With the world under a pandemic, many have turned to playing video games for comfort and entertainment, what with all of us encouraged to stay inside in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, many of these triple-A titles from the biggest game developers and studios hit too close to home and are usually about pandemics, apocalyptic aftermaths, lovecraftian horror or just plain isolation itself.

As such, new titles like “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” are gaining a lot of momentum, given that it’s a fun romp where all you need to do is make friends and design your own island. But what about those who want something dumb but just as exciting? Well, Tripwire Interactive’s “Maneater” might be right up your alley.

As you may have guessed from the title, you play the game as a man-eating shark, one of the ocean’s foremost apex predators. There’s a story to be had here of course since the shark you play is seeking revenge on Scaly Pete, a reality TV-starring “shark hunter” that supposedly killed your mother.

Beyond that, however, the game’s true strength lies in the fact that it never tries to be anything than what it is: a fun-filled and mind-numbing experience that might be forgettable after some time but is still a great time-waster while you’re playing it. While repetitive, the game’s tone is still aggressively silly the entire game, with Chris Parnell (from “Rick and Morty”) providing some hilarious narration all throughout, be it through crazy anecdotes or fish-based food recipes.

Gameplay-wise, the core loop is divided into underwater exploration where you dive into the game’s rich, underwater caverns, find collectibles and use your fin to survey the horizon, Hollywood-shark style.

In many ways, “Maneater” is a simple open-world underwater RPG. Nevertheless, it’s a frustration-free, deep-blue romp that is sure to keep you occupied while you wait out the quarantine.

Oh, and no sharks (and humans) were harmed in the making of this game.

sharks A new game by Tripwire Interactive lets you play as a shark tasked with taking revenge on a human that killed its mother. Guillaume Baviere, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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