If even a game like Resident Evil 3 opts for an extra online mode with asymmetric multiplayer, it is clear that these duels are quite attractive when facing an iconic and powerful monster. Hence, on paper, the Predator: Hunting Grounds game makes all the sense in the world.
Gone are, unfortunately and until further notice, the moments where the figure of the Predator shared the limelight with Alien... What is distilled now is this kind of games and despite the intentions of the creators of Friday the 13th: The Game have been good, it is very far from the great representatives of the genre. And that is very charming if we are patient with its shortcomings.
Let me make it clear at the outset: Predator: Hunting Grounds is not a great game. He could see himself coming after playing a few hours. At a technical level, it is very far from the shooters that are currently distilled, saving some specific moment where it does not go so badly standing in front of others.
It pays off with the recreation of the jungle and certain parts of the stage, especially for how it plays with the lighting or the mud, but if you look closely it is still in the shadow of what is usually seen today and its performance is not always fine when it comes to loading textures or being stable.
Predator: Hunting Grounds has something to catch
The appeal of Predator: Hunting Grounds, like all other games with asymmetric multiplayer, is the huge difference between each of these two sides. And you might think that playing as a Predator makes us a whole killing machine and that we have everything in our favor... but no.
Embodying this iconic alien (with different aspects to unlock, where the one who saw him born in 1987 where he faced Schwarzenegger is not lacking) does not guarantee us victory, since his style of play is totally different from that of the military squad. To begin with, we will not know what mission humans will have activated or their location. For the latter, we can be guided by sound and, above all, infrared vision to capture heat signals. But it will not be easy to become a lethal Predator of entry.
The mythical phrase "If he bleeds, we can kill him" becomes especially relevant when seeing how this alien, no matter how lethal his attacks, leaves traces of blood when he is badly wounded or that he cannot make use of his camouflage when he comes into contact with him. Water. And his life, moreover, is not as big as you would imagine.
And despite everything, it's almost the best game in the series
Predator: Hunting Grounds is a shooter that, if we forgive its deficiencies and we are patient, it will win integers as we play. And the truth is that it hooked me quite a bit throughout the weekend, giving me some pretty epic game, especially one where I managed to escape with just a knife after seeing that the Predator murdered my other teammates.
It is getting its juice with the unlocks per level, so the more we play, the more things we can see and therefore get to enjoy. I was quite shocked at first, for example, by the shortage of ammunition and how difficult it is to locate the positions where it can be reloaded (also because that alien bastard can destroy them), until I unlocked the practical ammunition bag.
In short, Predator: Hunting Grounds is a product that the fans of the franchise will know how to value, to the point of forgiving their deficiencies. It is not an essential shooter, but luckily it is not a game as disastrous as the vast majority that once starred this icon of cinema.