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Predator: Hunting Grounds review – Where the Predator becomes the prey

Reviewed on a PS4

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Those who are old enough to remember this super-alien antihero in their childhood days should enjoy a slight bit of nostalgic satisfaction from playing developer Illfonic’s take on the 1980’s sci-fi action film, The Predator.

Younger gamers, however, will be left scratching their heads as to why this not particularly popular movie was turned into a video game.

Illfonic is the same dev behind the movie-to-video game adaptation of Friday the 13th. And while they had the good intention of trying to present a similar experience with their 4-vs-1 format, Predator: Hunting Grounds manages to fall just short of expectations.

The Hunted

Predator: Hunting Grounds is an immersive asymmetric shooter set in the jungle, much like in the iconic film. As soon as you play your first game, you’re presented with a choice. Either play as one of four Fireteam members, or play as the Predator.

While many players no doubt want to experience being a badass alien war general moving swiftly through thick jungle to eliminate anyone and anything in its path, it really isn’t that simple. You have to actually be good at being the Predator for it to be any sort of fun.

In addition to that, playing as the Predator involves lengthy wait times. From the bit that I played, I averaged between five to seven minutes in queue. One time, it took me a whole 10 minutes before I got in.

This saw me play on the Fireteam more often than not, which ironically led to a much better experience.

When I was able to control the Predator, I was embarrassed constantly. Herein lies the biggest problem Predator: Hunting Grounds has. Playing as the Predator is not all it’s cracked up to be. Being a member of the Fireteam was so much more fun.

Sure, the Predator can maneuver himself effortlessly through the lush forest, jumping from tree to tree with ease, while taking advantage of a plethora of abilities designed to terrorize other players. He can shoot lasers from long distances, can track foes with heat signatures, and can even cloak himself with partial invisibility.

It all sounds pretty terrifying on paper, but we’re instantly reminded that the Predator is being maneuvered by a human being sitting at home with a PS4 controller. And if you’re not any good playing as the Predator, then things go south pretty quick. Sometimes, it’s so easy to beat the Predator, it’s almost laughable.

Gameplay and online experience

Predator: Hunting Grounds is a fully-online experience. There’s no campaign mode where you have to go through any backstory.

Cosmetics of Fireteam members are customizable, and the game has loot boxes featuring various aesthetic options, if you’re into that sort of thing. It doesn’t take long for you to get your loadouts starting to look cool.

Once you’re in-game however, action quickly transforms into a mindless shooter with really no distinct or standout moments. Every session feels the same — you head into the jungle, looking to complete a set of seemingly unimportant tasks. You go through the motions, as if you’re there just to check off boxes.

There are a handful of maps but they all look and feel alike, and offer pretty much the same experience. There are NPC’s roaming around, but sadly, the AI is really, really bad. They keep going down the same passages, and you can predict where they will pop up next. On top of that, they’re very easy to kill and don’t pose much of a threat if you move around enough.

The real fun begins when the Predator enters the picture. Admittedly, if the player controlling him is good enough, then the tension spikes and it becomes a real challenge. There were a few rounds where I was genuinely on edge, as was the rest of my team.

Unfortunately, these playthroughs were few and far between. The Predator sucked more often than not, and he was very easy to kill, especially if Fireteam members stuck together. With four guns pointing at just one Predator, he’s no match.

Gameplay is so simple, and there really isn’t much strategy necessary for victory on the Fireteam side, that I rarely found myself conversing at all with any of my teammates. There’s just no need to do so. In my opinion, this takes a lot away from the enjoyment this particular 4-vs-1 format potentially has.

Visual experience

If it’s any consolation, the graphics are above average. There are a few hiccups here and there, with textures not loading fast enough for you to notice. The camera is sometimes an issue, especially around tight corners, and the framerate is just horrendous and erratic. These should be fixed in future updates though, hopefully, and they aren’t too bad that it will impact the game in a negative way.

Nevertheless, the game is beautiful and really nails the feel of the jungle with the bright colors and the realistic looking surroundings. Sound design is pretty decent, from the squishes boots make when treading through the mud, birds chirping lightly in the breeze. And then the iconic Predator wail that signifies he has entered the area. It all really makes for an immersive experience.

The Predator does look awesome, and is also customizable to your liking. Faithful fans of the franchise will be pleased with how good their favorite baddie looks. Turning on invisibility mode is fun, and lets you move around the jungle undetected. You can go for some flashy stealth kills, or go all-out with your explosive lasers.

To balance things out a bit, the Predator relies on an energy bar that depletes quickly enough so that he’s not too powerful. It regenerates after some time, and after the Predator takes time to heal up, the hunt is back on again.

The Bottomline

Predator: Hunting Grounds is okay to play in the first few hours of diving into the lush jungles, whether as one of four Fireteam members, or as the iconic Predator himself. Fans of the franchise will certainly like it more than others, and that’s understandable. It was made with good intentions. However, I can’t change the fact that right now, it’s a disappointment and hard to recommend.

Things largely rely on the player controlling the Predator for it to be any fun at all. I guess it was the same with Friday the 13th, too. But at least in that game, the four other players couldn’t really kill you as easily. The masked madman Jason was significantly more formidable than the oftentimes extremely frail Predator.

In fact, eliminating the Predator, in theory, should be the most enjoyable element of this game. I mean, taking down a killing machine by outsmarting it and working as a team should be fun right? Unfortunately, it’s so easy to kill the Predator, and it happens far too often for it to provide any satisfaction.

With Predator: Hunting Grounds, things get old very fast, and you’re stuck in a repetitive loop of progressively boring gameplay that just fails to hit the mark.


Predator: Hunting Grounds was reviewed on a PS4 by Carlos Cinco. He is a longtime Combat Sports Journalist, who has contributed to top Philippine media including Rappler, FOX Sports Asia, Solar Sports, and more. He currently writes for Singapore-based martial arts organization, ONE Championship. On his free time (if he ever gets any), he plays video games. You can contact him at [email protected]

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ROG AMD Ryzen gaming laptops 2021 price in the Philippines

Plenty to choose from!

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If you’ve been holding out on getting a new laptop for all your needs, know that you haven’t been waiting in vain. ASUS ROG is launching their AMD Ryzen 2021 Gaming Laptops in the Philippines! The lineup is comes in many configurations and price points that there’s definitely something here that can be your GadgetMatch!

Included in the lineup are: ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, ROG Zephyrus G15, the ROG Strix Scar series, a couple of ROG Strix G laptops, new members of the TUF Gaming series, along with gaming backpacks to safely carry around these bad boys.

ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE

GX551QS-HB041TS

15″ 4K UHD, 120Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Off-Black ₱       254,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 31,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 SE

GX551QR-HF009TS

15″ FHD,  300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Off-Black ₱       199,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Ranger Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 31,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Zephyrus G15

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QS-HQ017TS 15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Moonlight White ₱       179,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 2nd WEEK
ZEPHYRUS G15

GA503QS-HQ018TS

15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱       179,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 4TH WEEK
ZEPHYRUS G15 GA503QR-HQ050TS 15″ QHD, 165Hz R9-5900HS RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB

x 2

1TB PCIE G3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱       139,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 21,000.00 FEB 2nd WEEK

ROG Strix SCARs 

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX SCAR 17 G733QS-HG153TS 17″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Original Black ₱       199,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
STRIX SCAR 17 G733QR-HG021TS 17″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       149,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

 

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX SCAR 15 G533QS-HF126TS 15″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB

x 2

1TB PCIE SSD + 1TB

(RAID 0)

Original Black, Numpad ₱       194,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
STRIX SCAR 15 G533QR-HF038TS 15″ FHD, 300Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       144,995.00 ROG Chakram Core, ROG Delta Gaming Headset, ROG Backpack, ROG GC21 Eye, PD Adapter ₱ 30,000.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Strix Gs

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
STRIX G17 G713QR-HX094TS 17″ FHD, 144Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3080 16GD6 16GB 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black ₱       114,995.00 ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter, Windows Home & Student 2019 ₱ 15,000.00+ FEB 4TH WEEK
STRIX G15 G513QR-HN176T 15″ FHD, 144Hz R9-5900HX RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 1TB PCIE G3 SSD Original Black, Numpad ₱       109,995.00 ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse, ROG Backpack, PD Adapter ₱ 8,000.00+ FEB 4TH WEEK

 ASUS TUF Gaming Dash 15

PRODUCT DISPLAY CPU GPU RAM STORAGE COLOR,

FEATURE

SRP BUNDLE BUNDLE VALUE AVAILABILITY
TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN092T 15″ FHD, 144Hz i7-11370H RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 512GB PCIE3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱         94,995.00 ASUS TUF Gaming Bag ₱ 2,400.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK
TUF Dash F15 FX516PR-HN080T 15″ FHD, 144Hz i5-11300H RTX 3070 8GD6 8GB x 2 512GB PCIE3 SSD Eclipse Gray ₱         85,995.00 ASUS TUF Gaming Bag ₱ 2,400.00+ FEB 2ND WEEK

ROG Backpacks

PRODUCT FEATURE SRP AVAILABILITY
ROG Ranger BP3703 Aura RGB ₱         14,995.00 FEB 2nd WEEK
ROG Ranger BP2500 ₱         4,995.00 FEB 2nd WEEK

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Netflix’s Blood of Zeus now in the game Immortal Fenyx Rising

In a themed quest called “A tribute to family”

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This crossover just makes so much sense. Netflix’s animated series Blood of Zeus is in Ubisoft’s Immortal Fenyx Rising. Players will be able to dive into a Blood of Zeus–themed quest and purchase an all-new character pack and weapon pack.

From January 21 to January 28, in a Blood of Zeus–themed quest called “A tribute to family”, players will take on two evil creatures of another world: Chimera and Cerberus. Upon completion of the quest, players will earn the Eagle pendant and all-new character customization options tied to “Blood of Zeus.”

The weapon pack contains Blood of Zeus–themed skins for your Sword, Axe and Bow. Meanwhile, the Blood of Zeus character pack lets you walk in the footsteps of the Amazonian warrior Alexia.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a fresh game with an action and puzzle filled open world that has humor and Greek mythology enclosed into it. You might say it can be a mix of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of wild.

READ MORE: Immortals Fenyx Rising: Action, puzzles, and some good humor

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PlayStation 5 pre-order second batch in PH happening Jan 22

Another 5-minute window

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You’ve been waiting for this, haven’t you? The second batch of pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 in the Philippines is officially happening on January 22, 2021.

Just like the first batch, the pre-order period will happen for only five minutes from 2PM to 2:05PM. Participating retailers should still be the same. They are as follows:

  • iTech
  • Gameline
  • Metro Plaza
  • Abenson
  • Game One
  • GameXtreme

There were some pre-order blunders the first go round but here’s to hoping there won’t be a repeat of that.

Watch our PS5 Review.

 

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