Hack, slash and
bash, 4-player action has just been taken
to the next level. The full scoop on Interplay's
Playing Hunter the Reckoning
is like watching one of those great mid
70s and 80s horror flicks on Saturday night.
The plot is irrelevant, all that matters
is that you have a whole bunch of bad monsters
and goblins to shoot or slash your way
through before the ending credits. Interplay
is known for their unusual characters when
it comes to video games. Old school players
may remember Loaded for the original Playstation
which featured game play much like Hunter.
If you are a fan of the old school arcade
hits like Smash TV and Gauntlet then you
will feel right at home with Hunter The
The graphics as you can
see from the screenshots are excellent
and give the Xbox a good work out with
all of the onscreen characters as well
as the lighting and fog effects present.
The game does a great job of capturing
the feel of a horror flick thanks to the
unrelenting onslaught of zombie after zombie
as they pop up to get a late night snack.(namely
you). One of the most impressive aspects
of this game is that even with a large
amount of on-screen characters the game
doesn't slow down one iota. The details
of the 4 main playable characters are also
done very well featuring many intricacies
and details that other systems would be
hard pressed to achieve. The backgrounds
are dark but you still can see the amount
of detail that we have come to know and
expect from a Xbox game.
Sound plays a huge factor
in the enjoyment of this game, with a nice
sound system it will drag you into the
experience as you hear the sounds of the
enemies completely surrounding you as you
hack and slash off an arm one of the zombies.
The music and voice acting isn't trite
or overdone which considering the style
of the game is trying to capture would
be very easy to do. Another cool aspect
that is worth mentioning is that the music
changes based on what is happening on the
screen which again adds to the over all
mood of the game.
Players can choose between
four characters. The Avenger who looks
like he could be a stand in for a Prison
TV show. The Defender is a hot babe who
can rejuvenate and has a long katana ready
to slice open some zombie innards. The
Martyr is an Asian chick with twin pistols
who can walk circles around the undead.
And finally you have the Judge who is a
cross bow wielding priest.
The controls feature a
high level of intuitiveness and perform
very nicely especially when the action
gets more and more heated. You move the
character with the left control stick and
aim with the right thumb stick. To walk
backwards you press the left thumb stick
in any direction while pressing the right
thumb stick in the opposite direction.
To strafe you press the left thumb stick
in any direction while pressing the right
thumb stick at a 90-degree angle from the
left thumb stick. To jump you press the
left trigger and to roll you press the
left trigger while strafing. The X button
cycles through the basic weapons and B
cycles through the special weapons. Y scrolls
through each warrior's special magic power
called an edge and to activate that power
or switch weapons you can press the A button
or the right trigger. To attack you press
the right trigger. The A button also is
used as the action button and to reload
the current weapon you are using. These
are just the basics, but with the different
amount of combos that each of the 4 characters
possess will keep players busy as they
try to complete the games.
The four characters you
can choose from each have their own unique
abilities and skills, which you can use
to play through the game. The game feels
entirely different when you have other
players playing along with you. This game
is one of the best multiplayer games released
this year for the Xbox. The single player
mode on the other hand does leave something
to be desired . When you're by yourself
the game is somewhat boring as you kill
zombie after zombie.
Often is mistaken for a stand in on a prison TV show.
The Reckoning: The Scores
If you are looking for a great multiplayer title, then
look no further then Hunter The Reckoning. However if
you are a single gamer then you might want to look elsewhere.
The graphics, sound, and game play all do a great job
of conveying the mood the game is trying to establish.