A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive messages whatsoever. All about killing as many innocent people as possible.
Positive Role Models
You play the Crusader, a mass-murdering sociopath with pure hatred toward humanity. Your goal is to kill as many innocent civilians, police officers as possible. Protagonist makes comments about people being "stinking," "worthless," wanting to taste their blood. He also hates law enforcement, politicians.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Along with ample blood, gore, Hatred's premise is about executing as many humans -- including innocent civilians, police officers -- as possible. Victims cry, beg for mercy. Shotguns, bombs explode people into bloody bits. Flamethrowers set them screaming on fire.
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Lots of profanity, including "f--k," "f--king," "motherf--ker," a--hole," "s--t," and more.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hatred is about a sociopath who despises humanity and goes on a violent rampage to kill as many people as possible. Using a number of weapons, such as shotguns, bombs, and flamethrowers, your objective is to murder innocent people and law-enforcement officials. You are rewarded for the number of executions you commit, while victims scream, cry, and beg for mercy as you kill them.
Is It Any Good?
No, this game isn't good at all. It's not even because of the morally reprehensible actions and assigned "kill count" -- after all, some inappropriate games such as the Grand Theft Auto series can actually be engaging and entertaining for mature players -- but Hatred fails because of its basic, short gameplay and myriad technical problems that mar the overall experience. In fact, the game won't even work with some PCs, confirmed by the developer: "[T]he game won't launch on 32-bit systems"; "the game won't launch without Service Pack 1 for Windows 7"; and "We are aware of serious problems with AMD processors or ATI graphics cards." So, why release the game?
Along with the simple multidirectional shooting mechanic, the game includes some optional controllable vehicles -- though they're not very easy to maneuver through the streets -- and gameplay is as repetitive as the level design. Tougher enemies appear more than halfway throughout the game, but they don't really add much (more grenades might come in handy here). Even though it's based on the powerful and versatile Unreal Engine 4 engine, Hatred is visually mediocre. Purposely, the game is dark -- even black-and-white on some levels -- and whatever added detail the characters and environments have isn't very noticeable. Or maybe it's the fact most levels look more or less the same? In short, steer clear of Hatred. It's painfully clear the developer was more concerned about provoking a reaction than creating a good game.
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