STAFF REVIEW of Hunter: The Reckoning (Xbox)

Friday, May 31, 2002.
by l Maximus l

Hunter: The Reckoning Box art This game is fun fun fun! Hunter: The Reckoning makes "hack and slash" gaming fun all over again! I would describe Hunter has a very good cross-point between Gauntlet and Resident Evil...and it's done right! It's definately the best game since Halo and I strongly recommend anyone to pick this up and enjoy it. The game is very gorey and bloody..the effects are astounding and the game is just plain fun!

I believe that there is lasting appeal to this game since you can play all the way through on normal mode and unlocking "nightmare mode" which, I'm assuming, is the hardest mode. In addition, it's amazing to play multi-player up to four people on the same screen at the same time. Each Hunter compliments one another and this game can be played over and over and over again.

The Gameplay is very nice. I must admit, it took me about a good 30-45 minutes to feel 100% comfortable with the control scheme. After this time, I find that the controls are brilliant! The left joystick is what controls your Hunter, the right joystick is used to face your enemy. In other words, if you are running and there are zombies behind you, simply use your right joystick to face downward so you can run backwards and busting out your arsenal and capping them showing who's boss! The "A" button is your interaction button and is used to interact with the environment...also, it's used for reloading your weapons. The "X" button is used for switching your basic weapons...from your melee weapon to your unlimited ammo gun or crossbow, depending on which Hunter you are. The "Y" button is to select your "edges" which are, in essence, your "special" weapons or abilities that each Hunter has that is unique to them. Your "B" button is to scroll through more powerful weapons that you pick up during the game which includes machine guns, shotguns, pistols, chainsaws, and a slew of other destructive weapons.

The graphics are definately a strong suit for this game...very well done! When you kill an enemy, often times their limbs fall off, their head gets blown off and all you see is a torso limping after you! When they are completely dead, they fall to the ground and turn into a "sandy mist" that fades away. It's a nice effect instead of watching them eventually disappear. The fog in the graveyard is beautifully done. The grass looks great, the shadowing, the blood and gore shooting from the zombie's bodies, and the Hunter's all look incredible!

The sounds are excellent in this game. This game supports 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, however, I haven't had the priviledge to hear it yet since I don't have one yet. However, the sounds from the slashing of the battle axe, to other weapons piercing the corroded flesh of the enemies really pulls you into the game. Also, the soundtrack is performed by the band: Coma, a heavy metal group. For the most part, there is not a lot of music played while playing the game, however, when a swarm of enemies approaches, the music kicks in...this is a nice touch for having a fair warning. Everytime the music kicks in, I get goosebumps knowing that I am going to have to shed the blood of a few dozen enemies that want nothing more than having me a part of the walking dead!

Keep up the great work...I'm very pleased with the game and it was everything I was expecting. If I were to find anything to add would probably be additional Hunters other than only having four...but, it hardly detracts the game by only having four Hunters that can be played. Also, I would like to commend you for sticking to your perverbial guns that during multi-player gaming, you cannot be the same Hunter. I appreciate and respect the developer's decision on that!

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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