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access_time August 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM in Previews by David Poole

Preview | Maneater: Truth Quest

After Maneater launched last year (and not so long ago for Switch), many were left wanting more from this interesting action RPG. Well, the developers at Tripwire Interactive were hard at work to deliver just that, and soon, those fans will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor with Maneater: Truth Quest. This new DLC expansion takes place right after the ending of the base game, adding a new area, a new evolution, and more. Tripwire was kind enough to give GotGame access to a preview version of the upcoming content, so here’s what we think so far.

Maneater: Truth Quest takes our bull shark to Plover Island, an area off the coast of Port Clovis. The Naval Wildlife Organization is covering up experiments from the island, putting journalist Trip Westhaven (Chris Parnell) hot on their trail. As we follow Trip’s conspiracy theories, we also find several of the experiments first hand. As you continue to terrorize and eat the local population, you’ll uncover their biggest and darkest secret. We don’t want to spoil it, but fans of the game should definitely be excited.

Going to Plover Island offers new landmarks, more nutrient chests, additional license plates, and a new collectible: truth seekers. In fact, all of Port Clovis will have these tin foil wearing acolytes hidden around for you to devour. You’ll continue to do this while listening to Chris Parnell’s narration, which still maintains the humor and charm. The story does take a bit of a backseat, ditching the TV show style presentation and providing a less direct approach. This means players only have to focus on total mayhem in their new area. For this, they’ll be pleasantly rewarded.

A new evolution comes to Maneater: Truth Quest in the form of the Atomic set. Fulfilling certain conditions, you’ll be able to unlock Atomic body parts to change your shark yet again. While the Bone, Bio-Electric and Shadow evolutions were great, the Atomic set has one big advantage: radioactive laser blasts. Using this set, players can activate their ability to charge up an atomic blast, slowing down time to aim their shots. This devastating attack packs a punch, providing an explosive result on your enemies. The set also provides significant damage buffs and area of effect damage while attacking.

While the Atomic evolution makes you a force to reckon with, you won’t be the only one this time. With the experiments causing problems at Plover Island, it seems that the wildlife is no longer normal. You’ll come across new predators with their own evolutions, like Bone Sperm Whales or Bio-Electric Great White Sharks. These new predators offer some new challenge, making the fight feel more even. As challenging as the game can be though, this still isn’t “Shark Souls,” so players shouldn’t feel too powerless. The challenge feels just right, especially with the new human opposition.

The humans are more dangerous than ever, armed with heavy artillery and explosives that can attack from land. Players will often run right into this when attempting to take down communication towers. With the target at a higher elevation, players will have to prep their projectiles for some good old fashioned sabotage. Of course, the sailors won’t just back down, as they’ll send boats of hunters after you. That’s where the new Time Trial challenges come in.

The Time Trials offer a new feature to Maneater, tasking players to race through multiple rings to get to the goal. While many of these rings will be underwater or on the surface, some will be in higher areas. This means you’ll have to breach the surface and jump like your life depends on it. While most of these time trials are pretty manageable, some are considerably harder. Thankfully, they aren’t required to continue your progress, as players can simply move on past them.

With new content also comes new bounty hunters, as Truth Quest adds five new bounty hunters to pursue you. Cause enough destruction and kill enough sailors, and soon enough, you’ll have a bounty on your head. These bounty hunters can be airborne in helicopters, launching torpedoes from stealthcraft boats, etc. They can pose quite a threat, but as long as you play your cards right, you’ll come out the winner. It also helps that vehicles can drop special health packs now, making it much easier to heal. Defeat these bounty hunters and you’ll unlock new organs to upgrade your shark.

The new organs provide a few helpful abilities for our aquatic protagonist. One offers health regeneration while another provides an increase to tail whip damage. The other three however add new effects to your sonar ability. This can be something like a shockwave to damage nearby foes, a damage buff for your shark, or even a debuff for your foes. These organs can be very useful if you have an itchy sonar finger. Even better, reaching level 35 will provide players with an additional organ slot. With the level cap now at 40, our fearsome shark can become quite formidable.

While I haven’t done everything in Maneater: Truth Quest, I’ve finished most of the objectives on offer. In my time, I’d say it took me a good five hours to do, which is pretty good for additional content for this game. My preview build was a little limited, but I can’t wait to jump into the final product to finish my Truth Quest. After experiencing the final battle, I’m itching to go another round. With the DLC dropping on August 31st, 2021 for $14.99, I know I won’t have to wait much longer. Maneater is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. The Switch version is also available, though there are currently no announcements regarding the DLC for Switch.

We’ll have more on Maneater: Truth Quest as we get closer to the launch date, including our final review. Be sure to check back when it happens. Until then, let us know if you’re looking forward to this next batch of DLC.

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