Started by Corporal Hicks, Apr 23, 2020, 05:48:31 PM
QuotePredator: Hunting Grounds doesn't quite let you live out that power fantasy of being an extraterrestrial master hunter, nor does it provide top-tier co-op FPS gunplay. Brief moments playing on either side of the battlefield create genuinely exciting action scenes, but they're all too infrequent and end far too abruptly when you find them because the Predator is too often outgunned and has few means of dividing and conquering his prey. There's a consistently enjoyable experience buried somewhere in the janky jungle of Predator: Hunting Grounds, but it's just not that easy to find yet.
QuoteHunting Grounds treats the character and setting with reverence, which, as a fan of the movies, is easy to appreciate. If you're looking for an authentic predator experience, this is about as good as it's gotten. And fittingly, it's perhaps best enjoyed the way the predators have interacted with humanity: drop in, enjoy the hunt, and get out while you can.
QuoteI'm not sure how long the honeymoon period will last for Predator: Hunting Grounds or whether or not some of the initial technical concerns will be addressed on PS4 anytime soon – if ever – but for now, while people are still learning the ins and outs together, the game is an entertaining little thrill ride.
QuotePredator: Hunting Grounds has a lot of charm and respects the source material. However, it is a flawed experience, and can be frustrating to play at times. Regardless of those flaws, I can still see myself returning especially to play as the Predator.
QuoteThe game is new so it's hard to say if Predator: Hunting Grounds will see the same success or quick fate as other asymmetric multiplayer titles like short-lived Evolve. So far, the game has been plagued by bugs, balance issues, bad AI, and worst of all, awful matchmaking times - so much so that the developer's live streams and social media presence has been hounded by unimpressed players. the game has some of the charm and the popular IP to gain an audience, but lacks the unpredictability, quality, and thrills of other titles in its genre. If you've been waiting 10 years for a Predator game and don't mind the premium price point, this might be one for the trophy case but do your research first.
QuotePredator: Hunting Grounds wouldn't look too out of place amongst the tacked-on multiplayer modes of the PS3 generation. It offers a handful of hours packed with enjoyment but quickly comes apart at the seams as you realise how lacking in content it really is. While playing as the Predator and a good amount of customisation may be its saving graces, this is an experience you can safely skip.
QuoteIt's a shame too, because I could spend ages running around the jungle as everyone's favourite Schwarzeneggar-botherer, leaping over temples and howling at the sky in unbridled agony each time this supposedly rock-hard alien has to give himself his little injection of health medicine. There's a really excellent Predator in here, waiting to be set free.
QuoteUltimately though, Predator: Hunting Grounds' weakness isn't the cluster of little pet peeves, it's the fact that there is very, very little game here, and there's very little fun to be found within it. At best it boils down to some goofy laughs with friends, or some limited time as the Predator spent playing with your food. Which is true to form, in fairness. But the best Predators only collect trophies from prey that are worth their time, and Hunting Grounds is absolutely not.
QuoteIt's a shame, because there's some genuinely great ideas nesting in Predator: Hunting Grounds' core concept of man versus monster. After being killed, for instance, the Predator can activate a self-destruct sequence that could take down an entire squad if they aren't able to escape its radius or disarm the device itself. On the other end, Fireteam players can use their stalker's green blood as a way to track the creature down, their vital cloaking ability now rendered near obsolete by very own injuries. It's these tug and pull moments, where one unique game mechanic turns the tables on another, that can make for Predator: Hunting Grounds' biggest laughs and loudest screams, but they simply occur too few and far between. The good news is that Illfonic now has a proven track record when it comes to supporting its games even after a rocky launch, and Predator: Hunting Grounds certainly has enough potential to warrant that kind of commitment. That said, it's still a game that's hard to recommend right now, but rather one I'd encourage keeping an eye on as time progresses. For now, this 80's icon needs the space to lick its wounds, evolve, and come back baring teeth with real bite.
Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 28, 2020, 02:30:33 PMBut seriously, ouch.
Quote from: Darkness on Apr 30, 2020, 02:31:46 PMTo be fair, Friday 13th was pretty similar maybe a bit better received. It's multiplayer only games - it's very limited with what you can do with them.I did like Evolve. I remember playing the free weekend for hours on end.
Quote from: RidgeTop on May 03, 2020, 02:17:59 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XONj67mLU8M
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