Review: Huntdown (PlayStation 4)

 

In the mayhem-filled streets of the future where criminal gangs rule and cops fear to tread, only the bounty hunters can free the city from the corrupt fist of a felony. Lay waste to the criminal underworld and make a killing in this hard-boiled action-comedy arcade shooter.

Pros:

  • Pixel art graphics.
  • 1.46gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Copyrighted music-on/off.
  • Graphics-camera shake, CRT filter, subtitles, and blood on/off.
  • Auto cover-on/off.
  • Rebind controls.
  • 2 player local support.
  • 3 save slots.
  • 4 difficulties-easy/normal/hard/badass.
  • Retro atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • Excellent animations.
  • Actions- gun, melee, ranged, hide behind cover, and slide.
  • Big boss battles in each level.
  • Futuristic game world setting.
  • Pick up health in levels.
  • Enemies can drop guns, ammo, and health.
  • Explosive barrels and slim environmental destruction.
  • A lot of detail.

Cons:

  • Difficulty spikes.
  • No actual tutorial.
  • Have to quit the level to change character.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Feeling like an 80s pixellated action film, Huntdown is well made 2D 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 tits the settings, the style that makes this a game you want to keep 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.

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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