A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players can take on bounties solo or with a teammate, so there's some occasional focus on teamwork. But one strategy involves letting other players/teams do the work of taking on the boss before swooping in and stealing the bounty.
Positive Role Models
Players take on the role of a bloodline of hunters that generally just serve as templates and loadouts to take into battle. There's no character development, motivation, or personal growth. It's simply survive to the next battle, or play the next in the line of succession.
Ease of Play
While the basic shooting mechanics should feel familiar to fans of the genre, it has a lot of intricacies to get used to. Players constantly need to be aware of their surroundings, as they risk drawing enemies and competitors with any sounds and are vulnerable when banishing souls.
Violence & Scariness
The game is brutally violent to its core. Players fight undead zombies, horrific creatures, and other players with a variety of different firearms and explosive devices. There's substantial blood and gore shown onscreen, including dismemberment and explosions of meaty chunks of flesh.
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Unmoderated sessions could expose players to offensive language and conversation via online party chat.
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Products & Purchases
The game supports some microtransactions. While much of the content can be earned through gameplay, there's the option to buy extra currency in-game. Other content, including new maps and weapons, can be picked up by buying additional expansion packs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hunt: Showdown is an online first-person shooter/survival horror game, available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. Players take on the role of supernatural "Bounty Hunters," competing with other players in a race to track down and defeat horror creatures, then escaping to safety with the bounty. The game features intense scenes of violence, with players using a variety of firearms and explosives to kill enemy creatures and other players. Blood and gore are prevalent, with graphic visuals of death and dismemberment. Players should also be aware that, while profanity isn't included in the dialogue, online chat could still leave the door open for exposure to profanity and other offensive conversations.
Is It Any Good?
There's no shortage of first-person shooters out there, and there's no shortage of survival horror games to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for something to leap from the shadows. But Hunt: Showdown manages to take both of these genres and blend them together seamlessly into an original experience where you're always both the hunter and the prey. Silently skulking through swamps to avoid gaining the attention of everything from bloated undead corpses, pack of rabid dogs, and giant man-eating spiders is challenging enough. But knowing at any moment you might wind up in the crosshairs of fellow Hunter makes the tension so thick you might need a machete to cut through it.
Hunt: Showdown gives players a lot of tools to help out with in their hunts. The guns feel sufficiently powerful, but also show their age. These aren't modern day assault rifles you're dealing with. Ammo is also in limited supply, and enemies, both of the undead and the living varieties, can also zero in on the sounds of shooting or explosions. This encourages players to use a more tactical and sneaky method to slip past foes unnoticed. All that goes out the window, though, once you zero in on a boss. Even beating back the beast isn't enough, as you're usually at your most vulnerable here and other players are always eager to swoop in like vultures and pick at your bones if given the chance. It's usually a frantic race to escape in one piece, and it can be an adrenaline-fueled way to finish a match. If there's one gripe to be had, it's that matches quickly can get a bit repetitive. There's a very limited selection of maps available, with day and night variants, and they all take place deep in the swamps. These aren't small plots of land by any means, but an occasional change in the scenery could definitely help. But if you're looking to dive into the shadows and track down monsters, you can't go wrong joining this hunt.
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