The Road to The Predator… Predator: Concrete Jungle (2005)

Predator: Concrete Jungle is a third-person action game that puts you in the shoes of the Yautja hunter ‘Scarface’ on his mission for redemption. Beginning in the 1930’s, the Yautja hunter stalks and kills mobsters across New Way City. When the hunt goes wrong, leaving the hunter badly scarred, and some of his technology in human hands, he’s exiled by the rest of his clan. However, 100 years later, his clan give him the chance to redeem himself as he returns to Earth to retrieve his technology.

The story of Predator: Concrete Jungle is fairly basic, and is easily one of the strongest aspects of the experience. It uses some of the established lore from the Predator books and comics and delves into the idea of the hunters honour system as it’s core plot. Sadly, this is probably the highlight of the game, as the actual game-play and level design lets the whole experience down.

The game progression is mission based, with 27 in total, each of them having multiple objective which you will need to accomplish. The mission objectives for each level aren’t always the clearest either, with you having to go into the menu in order to find out what you need to do. Added to that, they sometimes feel quite disjointed and make little sense within the context of the universe. For example, in the middle of your quest to undo your past mistakes you have to interrupt a mugging, then take refuge in a church. Why? Well, the game never really explains why.

The game also doesn’t move from one mission to the next, instead returning you to the main menu after finishing one, making you select the next mission rather than just taking you to it. Scarface is fairly well equipped during the game, armed with a variety of combat spears, explosives, plasma caster, vision modes, and stealth camouflage.

Whilst you do have the iconic stealth camouflage the game’s stealth mechanics are not the best, sometimes you will be hidden, yet other times the enemy will suddenly be able to see you, with little warning that this is happening. There seems to be no clear rule as to when you are and aren’t visible, and coupled with some unexpected difficulty spikes leads to a game that can often be unforgiving. Poor camera controls and a lack of mission checkpoints, meaning that if you fail you have to replay the entire level again, round out a game that should have been good on paper, but thanks to some poor mechanics lets the whole experience down.

Predator: Concrete Jungle is a great concept, and the story itself is fairly good, but you have to work your way through a lot of difficult and poor game-play in order to experience it.

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