Predator: Hunting Grounds

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Bloody online-only combat shines when playing alien hunter.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

When playing as a human soldier, your survival depends on not only working smart, but also working together. When playing as the Predator, your survival depends on you being aware of the world around you, paying attention to where you are and what you're doing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The soldiers who do well are the ones who work together and don't just go it alone, ignoring their teammates. Conversely, the Predator only wants to stop the soldiers from doing their jobs and collect their skulls as trophies.

Ease of Play

When playing as one of the soldiers, the game's controls will be familiar to players of other first-person shooters. Similarly, players of third-person action games will find the controls used for playing as the Predator to be familiar as well. The game has a detailed training section, though there are no options when it comes to adjusting the difficulty.

Violence

As a human soldier, players use a variety of guns to kill the Predator. As the Predator, players use laser guns and bladed weapons to kill people. All of which results in large amounts of blood, gore, and dismemberment.

Sex

A nude and skinned man is shown from behind, exposing his buttocks.

Language

The dialog includes such curse words as "s--t" and "f--k." Online communication isn't monitored, which could expose players to inappropriate content.

Consumerism

This is the latest installment in a franchise that includes movies, books, comics, and other games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

When players are part of the soldier squad, some missions involve destroying drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Predator: Hunting Grounds is a first and third-person shooter for the PlayStation 4 and PC. It's inspired by the iconic science fiction franchise that has included movies, comics, books, and other games. When playing as the Predator, players use laser guns and blades to kill human soldiers, while playing as a soldier gives you guns to use against the Predator. Both of these result in a lot of bloodshed, gore, and dismemberment that includes seeing human bodies with their skins removed, and their bloody buttocks exposed. The dialog includes such curse words as "f--k" and "s--t," while worse may be heard from other players since online communication isn't moderated. There's also a mission in which the soldiers have to find and destroy some drugs, though they don't partake.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarineCat636 November 19, 2020

Online only game has gore and strong language

Parents need to know that this game is filled with gory fun. Based on the Predator movies, this game has one player play as the predator who hunts down and kill... Continue reading
Adult Written byActual Common Sense June 21, 2020

Not That Bad

This game sure has blood but if your kid has played DOOM Eternal the game looks like AC. The blood for the predator is green and the human blood is fine. All yo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGamingGamerMovi... April 5, 2021

Great game with some flaws

Predator: Hunting Grounds shares most of the aspects that made the original 1987 movie so great.

This is an asymmetrical multiplayer shooter. There are two tea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bygoog2006 June 7, 2020

WARNING

Hunting Grounds is easily one of the worst games to come out this year. I know, all the other reviews say it's great and worth your time, it's not. It... Continue reading

What's it about?

Inspired by the titular sci-fi movie series, PREDATOR: HUNTING GROUNDS casts you as both sides of this eternal struggle. When playing as one of four humans who must work together, the game works like a first-person shooter in which you're a special ops soldier who must complete military missions in a South American jungle while being hunted by the Predator. When playing as the Predator, the gameplay acts like a third-person stealth action game in which you have to hunt the soldiers and stop them from completing their mission using all the science fiction weaponry from the movies, such as blades, laser cannons, and net guns. Based on how well you do on either side, you'll earn experience, which can be used to unlock new gear and extras for your characters. 

Is it any good?

Inspired by the titular sci-fi movie series, this four-against-one online-only hunting game is decidedly more fun when you're the hunter and not the hunted. In Predator: Hunting Grounds, you have your choice of playing as one of four human soldiers tasked with completing missions in a South American jungle while being hunted by a Predator, the lone alien sportsman out for an afternoon of human hunting. When played as one of the former, this is a solid, objective-based first-person shooter, one that boasts solid controls, varied and multi-part missions, and interesting jungle locations. Except that unlike Call of Duty or other games like it, the constant threat of being hunted by a superior enemy adds some tension to the proceedings.

Where this really gets good is when you are that superior enemy. Much like the similar moments in the Batman: Arkham games, playing as the Predator not only switches the perspective from first to third, but it gives you some cool gadgets, including thermal vision and a personal cloaking device. You have climbing skills that rival an Assassin's Creed hero. Though, ultimately, how well this works really relies on how serious you, your compatriots, and your competition take this. Even with a good amount of depth when it comes to the jungle locations and the soldiers' missions -- not to mention all the customizing options you unlock as you play (including practical gear and cosmetic skins for characters) -- this is still only as good as the people playing it. While Predator: Hunting Grounds isn't as good as the classic first movie, it's a worthy addition to this sci-fi series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork. When you play Predator: Hunting Grounds as one of the soldiers, your survival depends on your ability to work together, but do you think this is true for real life as well? How can working together, as a team -- as a family -- make certain tasks easier?

  • Is the violence in Predator: Hunting Grounds affected by the large amount of blood and gore shown in the game? Do you think that the dismemberment and displaying of skinless bodies adds anything to the game? Would it be as entertaining if it didn't include this content?

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