STAFF REVIEW of Predator: Concrete Jungle (Xbox)


Wednesday, May 25, 2005.
by TheCovenant

Predator: Concrete Jungle Box art Prey for this game.

Predator: Concrete Jungle

Like most 80?s sci-fi movies, Concrete Jungle is very flashy but has no real substance. The premise of the game is interesting, but falls short of anything good due to clunky controls, and unbalanced gameplay. A disappointment, as this title has been in production for over a year. It even had a playable demo at last years e3, with the same clunky controls and camera that are present now. If you?re a fan of the predator franchise, then this title may end up just being for display on the shelves, because it doesn?t belong anywhere near a console.



Gameplay

In the middle of CJ I stopped and wrote this review. I didn?t need to finish the game to know that it was bad. First and foremost, I have to bring up the bad animation from earlier, Get used to falling. A lot.
Then comes the four visions granted to you for absolutely no reason. Not once did I feel compelled to use them, although I did, just to see what everything would look like through them. It did not help my aiming, or my ability to find anyone like in the Splinter Cell series. Instead, it convoluted my enemies, making me unable to distinguish one from another. Not that it matters, as you swing away at everything mindlessly. Using your cooler weapons would be kind of fun, except that they run on a battery that depletes after 2-3 shots. Afterward you get your staff, which is the equivalent of a knife in a gunfight. You start of with only this weapon, and in the end, you really end up using only this weapon. Beating up the street scum felt like chores, with no allowance. I did end up finishing the game, but to no avail. I didn?t find one thing I like about the gameplay.



Graphics

It?s best to start with the good news. Although not astounding, CJ does have some redeeming graphical qualities. He has a multitude of ?visions? which all look neat. It?s another look into the predator universe, and although the visions are pretty much useless, you cant deny that they are interesting to look at. That shine wears off quickly though. The animation suffers from inconsistent collision detection, and visual tearing. The game quickly becomes very clunky and awkward when you see people running around, however, the Predator himself looks great. Reminiscent of a one Sam Fischer, the Predator has skulls and tools hanging from his belt, all of which bounce realistically as the predator runs around. His locks also bounce around and are animated fairly smoothly. The level design is weak, and uninspired. Sometimes placement seems random, as you?ll see that you have to jump out of a building and walk to the other one, when you could have simply walked to the second building to begin with. However, the outdoor areas have all the right lighting, and the usual normal mapping, which is admirable compared to the rest of the game. There?s not much more good I can say about this game, however.



Sound
I expected to hear lots of quotes from the movies, or sound clips from the movies. None of both, however the sound clips did sound realistic enough to belong in the Predator universe. The moans and healthy growls the Predator makes when he needs health or replenishes it; is familiar, but not the same. As good a mimic as it is, some female voice narrator is introduced early on that doesn?t sound like she belongs anywhere in the predator franchise. Also, she sounds very amateurish. I think I could have recorded a more believable segment in my garage, using old sound clips from Terminator 2 and a tape player/recorder. Other than that, the random announcements of the pimps that you have to kill is annoying, but gives you a reason to dispose of them quickly.

Alien to good gaming

Developer Eurocom has done their best, and with one year at the helm, this is truly a disappointment. With almost nothing to offer, CJ was made only for the die-hard predator fans. So those 12 people will love this game, even if they don?t end up playing it. The graphics are mediocre, and everything else is below average, and that?s the ?with-sugar-on-top? version of the review. CJ Serves better as a coaster than a game.




Suggestions:
BAlance is the keyword here. SOme of the weapons are actually pretty fun to use. Too bad they dont let you use them. This game is in dire need of extensive testing, and should be recalled for wasting time. If you\'re the die hard afforementioned Predator fan, then by all means, give this one a rent. If not, i\'d stay far away from this one.


Overall: 5.0 / 10
Gameplay: 4.0 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 5.0 / 10

Comments

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,017
Forum Posts: 725,301
Xbox One Titles: 721
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,084
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 583
Xbox Titles: 847
Staff Reviews: 1,491
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 13,241
Screenshots: 29,183
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox One Manette Forza Edition Limitee Ford Le Mans
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 64 Views

Xbox One Manette Edition Limitee Duracell
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 51 Views

Xbox One Limited Edition Tag Heuer
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 78 Views

What's your story behind your Gamertag?
Post by Kamshaft
2 Replies, 85 Views

Halo Wars 2 MP beta Coming January 20
Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 69 Views

Thoughts on the Cancellation of Scalebound? What do you Think?
Post by TheOutcast-XBA
4 Replies, 127 Views

Offline Achievements
Post by WillyV2
1 Replies, 148 Views

Xbox One Edition Limitee Bing On Ebay
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 281 Views

GIVEAWAY! Sky Force Anniversary
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 233 Views

Halo console collection
Post by spacebooger
3 Replies, 359 Views

Christmas is Almost Here
Post by TheOutcast-XBA
2 Replies, 310 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - Information & Thread
Post by Kiesey78
6 Replies, 358 Views

GIVEAWAY! Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Post by Variation-XBA
2 Replies, 286 Views

My Christmas tree set up
Post by Nato King
7 Replies, 433 Views

Know your enemy, Watch the Atriox trailer for HaloWars2
Post by Nato King
1 Replies, 343 Views

© 2000-2017 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics