Predator Hunting Grounds is a game which comes developed by IllFonic and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It is available on the PS4 and PC. The game is based on the Predator film franchise which first began in 1987 and has since spawned multiple sequels and reboots, with the latest film being released in 2018 (see our review). Predator Hunting Grounds is an online only game and has no single player component, except for the tutorial.
When first seeing the trailers and initial images for this game, I must admit, it did capture my interest. I am big fan of the Predator films. Having played with the game during the weekend, I can firmly state that the experience for the player is actually very average and sometimes it is awful. The game isn’t a total disaster and still has its moments of fun, but these are only brief.
In this game, the player will be able to play online in quick matches as either the Predator or they will play as a human in a team known as ‘Firestorm’. Queue times during the launch weekend are a bit mixed. You can choose to queue as a Predator or as a human or both if you would prefer to get a game quicker. Queuing as a Predator takes a little longer than queuing as a human. Sometimes I would get into a game in 30 seconds to 2 minutes and other times I would be waiting 10+ minutes for a game and that was when I was queuing for both roles.
Playing as a Predator will have you play as the iconic Predator character. As a Predator you will take on the role of a hunter. It will be your job to hunt down the human players and kill them all. That’s all there is to it.
Playing as a Predator has some stealth aspects. You will be able to go invisible to stalk your enemies or hide in plain sight. You’ll also be able to use heat sensors to see enemies hiding in trees, which you can mark as targets. The Predator has melee attack weapons so you will need to get in close to take out an enemy. There are also some guns that the Predator has, which are quite explosive. Using things like invisibility or firing a weapon as the Predator uses up energy so you do have to use it sparingly. The Predator can also scale trees and jump from tree to tree to scope out enemies from high above. The tree climbing was a good gameplay mechanic and my favourite part of the game, if this was a single player game, I could actually see a lot of potential there with this. One comment I do have about the Predator gameplay is that I felt a little too powerful, it was too easy to win games. I didn’t feel much of a threat at all from the human enemies, even when they were grouped together.
The other part of the gameplay will see you play as the humans. You will be in a team with other players and have objectives to complete on the map. The entire time you are in the team and trying to complete the objectives, the other player who is playing as the Predator will be hunting you. This part of the gameplay is fine, the objectives are easy to complete. You do have a variety of weapons such as assault rifles, hand guns and sniper rifles you can use.
In every game I played, even though I could see the Predator and my team identified where the Predator was, I found the monster to be too powerful, there was virtually no chance for me as a human player to avoid death if a Predator appeared right before me and unless I had my full team’s cooperation, I don’t see how it’s possible to win. Unless the player playing as the Predator is awful, there’s not much you can do to take one down.
This is a game where I would say that if you were to play with a group of friends and you were all on the mic together, working together and having fun. That this would actually be a pretty fun experience gameplay wise. Going in with a bunch of randoms who don’t cooperate with each other is a little frustrating and the experience is much like when you play a game of COD online and nobody is following the objectives at all.
Like most online games, Predator Hunting Grounds has an unlock system. As you play through the game you will earn points. These points can be spent on weapons, skins and loot boxes. I opened a bunch of loot boxes and got a bunch of weapon skins. There’s also different accessories for your human characters such as a nice hat you can wear in the game. This is all nice, but I don’t know how much longevity there is in this game’s replay-ability. I could see myself playing this for a few weekends at most with friends, but probably not much more than that.
Sound & Graphics
When you first launch Predator Hunting Grounds and see the menu for the first time, you will hear the iconic Predator theme playing playing, this will get any fan in the mood for some fun. This is probably the peak of the musical experience in the game, as most of the game is completely without music at all.
Weapons do sound pretty good and when playing on the human side, explosive sounds are also decent. The predator has a nice sounding explosive weapon, but I don’t really like the melee sound effects.
The graphics are probably the most disappointing part of the game. While they do look okay, this would have been a great looking game if it launched in 2015. In 2020, the graphics do look very dated and they look more like a PS3 game than a PS4 game. I never really got the impression that this game was a high budget game and I don’t think it presents itself that it is a high budget title, so I didn’t expect the graphics to blow me away, but they did surprise me at times how dated they were.
The animations for the tree climbing and tree jumping were better than most other sections of the game and it looks like the developers put a lot of work into this area of the Predator Hunting Grounds experience. This part of the game was very smooth and presented well. I just wish the rest of the game was as good.
I would recommend only getting this game if a bunch of your friends also have it and you can go in and play with them. Going in alone is fine as well, but it’s probably more fun if you have people to chat to and work with. Playing as the Predator is the highlight of the experience, but the monster is so over powered that it isn’t really challenging. The graphics are old school and look dated.
Predator Hunting Grounds
It's not the worst game I ever played, but it probably is the worst game of 2020.
- Predator Theme Song
- Tree climbing game mechanics
- The graphics look old
- The Predator is over powered