The leaves are falling from the trees, the nights are drawing in and the days are getting colder. Fa la la la la la la la BOO! Halloween is coming!
The Valk girls are all getting into the Halloween spirit whether it be watching scary movies, reading dark comics or playing creepy games we have the haunting holiday covered.
Queue me playing Hunt: Showdown.
Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first-person shooter game that focuses on bounty hunting. Designed for duo play, your character spawns on a map full of monsters, as well as other bounty hunters. Your aim; collect three clues leading to the boss and kill it! Once it is down it is time to extract, because that bounty is now on your head, and everyone is now after you.
Setting the scene
Set in the Louisiana swamps, a selection of ghastly creatures lurk in the murky waters waiting to pounce. The game map is spread across a large area giving you plenty of varied landscapes to explore.
From large pond areas with tentacled monsters lurking in the deep to the creaky floors of abandoned slaughterhouses. Ammo and loot are hidden across the world, so there’s a lot of sneaking around needed to keep your hunter geared up.
So what happens if you don’t survive? Well if your hunter doesn’t make it, it’s over for him. Any experience earned is transferred to your Bloodline increasing your rank and level but the character played and any gear earned in that round is gone, making Hunt: Showdown a truly hardcore game.
But if you are lucky enough to make it out, it’s time to spend that hard earned cash on some new loot and get right back in there.
Giving me the willies!
I don’t usually play online FPS games or scary games… so the thought of giving the game a go wasn’t something I was particularly looking forward to. But I’m glad I did. For my first match, I chose the “Solo” mode. With my noob shooting skills, I thought it best to practice the gunplay by myself first before showing myself up in front of a partner. I ended up starting in a very slow moving round that allowed me to explore and shoot lots of zombies in the face.
Using your “Dark Sight” you can see the veil between worlds, leading you towards the clues dotted around the map. Spamming this led me on a nice easy path through a farm to the first clue. Unfortunately, not long after this, I took a shotgun blast to the face.
After a few more games and a few more deaths, I managed to collect all the clues and I got to the boss. But so did everyone else. After a Mexican standoff with us all hiding behind stacks of boxes, only one duo was left. I wasn’t in it.
Grab those headsets!
I found myself really enjoying the game and the jump scares I was expecting didn’t really happen. Except for the ducks….When loading up the game it tells you it is best played using a full stereo headset as the sound mechanic is really important.
This allows you to tell the direction of gunshots, where in relation to you the monsters are and if any other hunters are nearby. Across the maps are different things that will make telltale sounds. There’s broken glass on the floor of buildings, chains hanging from the ceiling in barns, caged dogs and ducks in ponds. One minute you are carefully sneaking through the reeds, then all of a sudden a flock of ducks quack and take off. It got me every time.
The speed of gameplay is very slow and methodical to start with. If you like games where you run in guns blazing this game isn’t really for you. With everyone skirting the edge of the map and carefully making their way to the different clues, there isn’t much player confrontation. Especially seeing as you want to live as long as possible.
I love the graphics in this game. They are dark and sinister, even on maps set in daylight. The colours and shadows give the game a tense atmosphere. Coupled with the sound effects the game becomes very immersive.
For a game that is still in early access on Steam, it is very playable. I didn’t encounter any bugs or issues in my time playing and there was only a short wait in the matchmaking queues. So far there are only two bosses. But as each round you play is completely different, this isn’t really an issue. With a full levelling and perk system, the game gives you a reason to keep playing.
For a game I wasn’t expecting to enjoy, I was pleasantly surprised. For fans of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Escape from Tarkov, this is definitely one for you! With great graphics and an incredibly catchy humming theme*, you can’t really ask for more.
Check out the trailer below!
*If you wanna know what I mean by catchy theme check it out here!