Huntdown Review (Steam)

In the Mayhem-filled neon streets of the future where criminal gangs rule and cops fear to tread, Lay waste to the criminal underworld and make a killing in this hard-boiled action-comedy arcade shooter. Welcome to our Huntdown Review.

Huntdown Review Pros:

  • Awesome pixel art graphics.
  • 691.94MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller buttons.
  • Two-player local support.
  • Has Steam play together support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, CRT filter, v-sync, and frame rate. (30/60/auto)
  • Game settings- Auto cover, camera shake, subtitles, and blood (low/medium/high).
  • Two game modes-Story and Arcade. Four difficulties-easy, normal, hard, and badass.
  • 2D shooter platformer gameplay.
  • 3 bounty hunters-Mow man/John Sawyer/Anna Conda. Each has their own gun and melee weapon. Try your gun on the menu.
  • Collectibles in each level.
  • End of level breakdown from time, difficulty, medals earned.
  • Four areas each with 5 levels in each.
  • Bounties- go after a bounty at each level, get an Intel overview beforehand.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Excellent animations.
  • Actions- gun, melee, jump, ranged, dodge, hide behind cover and slide.
  • Map level select screen.
  • Big boss battles in each level.
  • Futuristic game world setting.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Pick up health in the levels and get full health when hitting a checkpoint.
  • Intel-look at your bounty beforehand and what the medal requirements are.
  • Enemies can drop guns, ammo, and health.
  • Explosive barrels and some environmental destruction.
  • A lot of detail.
  • Retro yet modern atmosphere.
  • Stylish as fuck because of the way the graphics and music come together.
  • 3D animated backgrounds.
  • Very much a pick-up and play type of game.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Fast fluid arcade-style combat.
  • Each level has 3 medals-complete without dying, killing all enemies and Collectibles.
  • Cover system-hide behind crates, cars, safes, or in doorways.
  • Reload button in case you need it.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Has a lot of Easter eggs and nods to particular pop culture icons.

 

Huntdown Review Cons:

  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Has a slight learning curve to it all especially how fast it all moves.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • Have to quit the level to change your character.
  • The level formula is very samey.
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9.2/10

Summary

Feeling like an 80s pixellated action film, Huntdown is well made 2D  action shooter game, you can hide and shoot from cover, collect new guns, and explore this awesome Steampunk-esque world. I just love how the game plays out, the interaction with the world is interesting, Sure the gameplay has been done a lot before but it’s the fluidity, the style that makes this a game you want to play but also keeps playing. You take bounties on these bosses and hunt them down any way necessary, occasionally it will sprinkle in some additional genres. You have 3 wildly different characters to play as and you can change between them. Levels have checkpoints and boss fights are big set-piece arenas. Huntdown is a game you can easily get lost in and is a true example of how to do the genre. A fast-paced platformer has never felt so good and you don’t know badass until you slide down the rain-soaked neon sidewalk blasting ass holes with a shotgun. New to this edition is the arcade mode that allows a more streamlined chance to blow people up and is a welcome addition. Huntdown is just badass it’s that simple. Basically, our Huntdown review says buy it!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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