Hunt Showdown Review

18th February 2022
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Hunt: Showdown

Crytek

Hunt: Showdown is a thrilling, high-stakes PvPvE first-person shooter. Take down nightmarish monsters, as you compete for the bounties that will bring you glory, gear, and gold in this unforgiving – and unforgettable - online multiplayer experience.

Okay, so straight off the bat – I’m a sucker for first-person, zombie, survival, shooters and Hunt Showdown is just that plus more. Hunt Showdown is a Player vs. Player vs. Environment FPS Horror game based in the year 1895. This game has a specific direction and wants to make you think like a hunter. The lack of information and staying vigilant rewards you for paying attention. Crytek have nailed the combination of a highly reactive landscape, dark atmospheric graphics, and eargasm audio design. This is where Hunt Showdown separates itself from so many of the other session based PvPvE first-person shooters.

After playing other session based PvPvE games your first confrontation is the 1800s firearms. Hunt Showdown work these really well. Reloading an 1800s firearm can take forever, in a far more realistic way than most FPS games. Firing and reloading are just so satisfying. Killing my first other player hunter was exhilarating because the best thing about this is actually the lack of information about other hunters. Hunt Showdown will never tell you if another hunter has died, if he has another teammate or if they’ve left the game. The only way you can make sure that player is dead is if you kill them.

For my first few matches I found that stalking other players, using stealth with the game’s amazing audio design really helped me ambush the surviving players and carry the bounty to victory to claim for myself. Your loadout plays a huge factor in surviving. Since my character was a lot lower level I loved using the various tools and grenades. Dynamite sticks, Molotov cocktails, frag grenades, trip-mines, barb-wire spools, vials of poisonous gas, and jars with venomous insects extremely helped me get the edge for the first few levels. But remember Hunt Showdown is a hardcore survival shooter so should you die, you’ll lose everything!

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Pros

Amazing Dark Atmosphere

Excellent Weapons

Awesome Levelling System

Brutal Scary Bosses

Superb Sound Design

Ingame Voip

Cons

Learning Curve

Inconsistent FPS

Hunt Showdown is a fun, edge-of-your-seat, brutally dark realistic first-person shooter. If you’re looking into Hunt Showdown then you’re probably the kind of person who would enjoy it. I adore this game, but it took me about 30 hours for it to really click with me. Until then, I stayed for the aesthetic, dark atmosphere, and that sweet feeling of running out with the bounty. There are some times where I’m utterly demoralized. Other times, I’m riding on the highest high I’ve ever felt in a video game.

Hunt Showdown plays a very specific way and it outshines in doing that. I highly recommend this game and I’m confident in saying that this might be one of the most under-rated games I’ve ever played. This game is absolutely worth full price. Queenie and I had a lot of fun on this. Ingame VOIP only adds to the chaos. If you are looking for a cheaper copy head over to Kinguin.net. Use our 5% discount “BNQ” code for a little extra saving otherwise the Steam price is reasonable. Grab some friends and cowboy up to hunt down some undead!

  

  

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by Simon Blue

A PC fanatic at heart, Simon loves the survival zombie shooters. When he isn't playing games, he's helping run the Blue and Queenie community platforms. Please email us at hey@blueandqueenie.com to have your game reviewed and covered on our Twitch channel.

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