‘Are you the Hunter, or the Hunted?’
You run down the alley and stop at the corner. You know the monster
is around. You can hear is angry grunts. You draw your pistol and just wait
for it to come. You here the sounds of brick being smashed. So you look up
just in time to see the mighty beast pounce on you.
This is the world of Hunter
Hunted by Sierra. It’s a side scrollin’ action game that puts you in the
shoes of either Jake, the strongest human on Earth, or the beast, Garathe Den,
who is the most ferocious creature of Kullrathe. You must find scattered parts
of a vehicle while playing deadly games of cat and mouse for ‘The Masters’.
Even worse, while you’re running from the beast and looking for parts of a car,
you must also escape security bots, hovering mines, missile shooting mechs,
and Death himself. Luckily you have some gadgets that can help you survive.
As the beast you can bludgeon enemies with a spiked club or use a plasma throwing
whip to take out pesky humans. Jake has a pistol, shotgun, and the ever destructive
rocket launcher. There are a few more weapons that both the beast and Jake can
use, and you’ll need ’em.
The graphics in this game are beautiful. Everything is pre-rendered
3D models, like Killer Instinct. The movement is very realistic. When you
leap as the beast, it looks like a tiger diving at prey. You wander
through dark alleys, office buildings, and even abandon malls, all of which
have richly detailed backgrounds for you to battle in. The only problem is that
you can’t really play full screen, because it slows the game down noticably. Even if you do
maximize the screen, the graphics look chunky and pixelated. So most of the
time, the game screen has to be small.
The sound effects won’t blow
you out of your chair, but they are passable. The beast grunts and groans and
makes loud thumps when he falls on the ground. Jake breathes heavily and sometimes
seems to mumble things to himself. The weapon sounds are pretty good as well.
The music that comes on the CD is great. The tracks are a mix of heavy metal
and techno, which fit the game perfectly. The pounding of the kick drum gets
your adrenaline flying and so you can play at a heightened level.
Some cool little gameplay features are in Hunter Hunted. First off is the
“z plane” movement. You can run to and from different rooms and levels of play through
doorways which gives the game a little sense of 3D. This is also useful in dodging
attacks and is necessary for playing the game. Another cool thing is
head-to-head split screen play. You and a friend can play cooperatively or
have a battle royal without dialing up on the modem or playing on the net.
This way, you can have people at your house (friends I hope) and play sitting next to each
other, instead of trying to find someone over the modem.
Unfortunately, there were still a few flaws. To begin with, there is no modem or net play at all. So if you could find someone to play
against, it doesn’t matter. However, the biggest problem is that the game can be very slow. You need a very good computer to just to play, and a super computer to play it smoothly.
Hunter Hunted is a pretty good all around game, especially if you want to challenge your friends without special equipment or preperation. If you’ve had enough
with the 1st person shoot ’em-ups, and you’ve outplayed the war games, then
for a change of pace, get Hunter Hunted, and prepare to battle.