A (Nostalgic) Hot Mess
HWM Singapore|June 2020
Predator: Hunting Grounds
Tim Augustin

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER IllFonic

PUBLISHER Sony Interactive Entertainment

GENRE First-person shooter

PLATFORM PC, PS4

PLAYERS Multiplayer

Get to da console! Predator: Hunting Grounds takes advantage the Predator franchise’s cult following, throwing players into an asymmetrical multiplayer experience where a team of four hapless soldiers have to fend offa jungle full of enemies - along with a certain skull collecting alien hiding in the branches above them. While Hunting Grounds comes pretty close to the schlocky B-movie fun of the 1987 movie, it’s also rife with technical issues and off-kilter balancing problems.

Players can choose to be either one of four soldiers in a Fireteam, or the Predator that hunts them. The Fireteam goes into a map with a non-Predator-related set of objectives - such as taking down a drug lord, searching for artifacts or scrubbing data from a computer.

Playing as the Fireteam is clearly the weaker choice. It would be one thing if you were actually playing characters from the franchise, but this game forces you into generic soldiers who only spout forced one-liners from the films.

If you’re playing the Predator, the Yautja comes fully equipped with all the various weapons and gadgetry seen in the movies. You don’t get access to all of the Predator’s arsenal at first, however. The really good stuff is saved for after you’ve levelled up and gained experience.

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