Predator: Hunting Grounds Game

Predator: Hunting Grounds Game is one of our favorites. Why? Because it’s part of the Predator franchise, which… You’ve guessed it. It’s also one of our favorite franchises ever.

We even touched on the Predator franchise before. Yes, last year we did a cool ranking of all the Predator movies in existence. From worst to best and yes. We didn’t have any kind words to say about the previous Predator movie. You know… The Shane Black directed one from 2018. Sorry, not sorry.

However, there’s a new movie from the franchise. It’s not a theatrical release, and it’s a prequel movie.

Prey is the title of the movie in question, and you can check it out on Hulu. But first… I believe a reminder about the game itself is very much needed here.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Game

What’s The Predator: Hunting Grounds Game All About?

Developed by IllFonic and published by PlayStation PC LLC, Predator: Hunting Grounds is a first/third-person hunter-shooter where players take the role of a human mercenary or the Predator. Hunt or be hunted in this asymmetrical multiplayer* shooter that pits man against Predator. As part of a Fireteam, complete missions before the Predator finds you. Or be the Predator and hunt your prey.

Be the Predator – hunt down the opposing Fireteam, using deadly alien weaponry to stalk your prey.

Get to the chopper – complete challenging missions as part of a four-person Fireteam and escape.

Wield human and alien weaponry – fight with a state-of-the-art arsenal as the Fireteam, and deadly tech like the shoulder-mounted Plasma Caster, Combistick and more as the Predator.

Predator: Hunting Grounds is available for purchase here at IndieGala.

And What Are Some of The Steam User Comments Saying About Predator: Hunting Grounds Game?

Fun game, love the movies, and both roles are fun as well having a blast while playing this game I hope the community for this game lives. Says DJJett247 in his review.

While {jarl} says: It’s like Friday the 13th but with Predator.

And what about the movie? Prey is trending right now, and it’s getting rave reviews. Is it worth your time? Yes. Yes, it is. Let me explain.

Prey: A Step In The Right Direction?

Yes. It most certainly is. Now Prey is a prequel to the first four films in the Predator franchise and it’s set in early 18th century America. In the middle of the story is Naru (Amber Midthunder). A young Comanche woman who dreams of becoming a hunter. Much like her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers). However, when she witnesses a series of weird deaths, she’ll eventually encounter the thing that is responsible for those deaths. The infamous Predator. This is his original arrival on Earth, and he’s out to find his worthy prey.

Hear me out. Prey is far from a masterpiece. It does have some flaws (which I’ll get to in a bit), but as I mentioned earlier, it’s a step in the right direction for the franchise.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Game

From Predator To Prey: The Pros And Cons Of The Prequel

First and foremost, I like the primitive and vast nature setting of the movie. The 18th-century setting means that a lot of the modern technology that we’re used to seeing (in a Predator movie) is mostly gone. There’s no Arnold, there’s no modern guns and modern setting. Furthermore, there’s no innate claustrophobia of a jungle (or an asphalt jungle) for that matter. No, over here in Prey there are vast open fields, babbling rivers and glorious forests that contrast our pre-conceived notion about the Franchise. And when it comes to the guns, hey even the tech in the Predator’s side is stripped down. Sure we get to witness plenty of gory and bloody kills (don’t get me wrong they’re awesome). However, over here in Prey, the Predator takes quite a beating. He gets shot, wounded and pissed a lot more in any other Predator movie. Which is awesome again.

Good Leading Role

Here’s the thing. The Predator franchise never had a female leading role before. And while I wasn’t exactly entirely satisfied with the progression of Naru, I thought that she’s a good lead nonetheless. Amber Midthunder was decent in the role, but I liked her hero’s journey throughout the movie. She had to rely on her practice, training and her resilience in order to defeat her opponent. And resort to basic survival tactics too. Which is in essence what Arnold had to do in the original movie if I’m being honest. I’m glad that the scriptwriter Patrick Aison chose to incorporate that here as well.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Game

Great direction too!

Don’t knock the direction. Meticulous and mostly done in vast areas, let’s just agree that Dan Trachtenberg nailed the direction in Prey. Seriously. It gives out a Revenant vibe throughout most of the runtime. And you have Jeff Cutter, the cinematographer to thank for that as well. But when it comes to the core of the movie, I guess the appeal of it is because it’s so stripped down. Not just in the technology depiction but in the plot, production and pretty much everything else. And it works here. Trachtenberg hits the right marks in the action sequences, but also the more toned down and quiet scenes. The ones where the average viewer would doze off and lose interest. No, over here in Prey, there’s a nice bit of engagement on your part. You’re able to follow the progression without a problem.

However, that’s not to say that the script isn’t without flaws. Far from it. There are a couple of pacing problems that even the director can’t fix, and aside from Naru, there aren’t any other interesting supporting characters. OK, that’s not true. The dog is a pretty good one. He’s a good boy and he knows it. But yeah. As much as I like Naru I wish she got a lot more attention. Compared to the rest of the characters from her tribe, and specially her brother. But hey. I’ll take the movie for what it is. A very good albeit, flawed movie. And a step in the right direction for the franchise.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Game VS Prey

Here’s the thing. Sometimes less is more, and I wish a lot more filmmakers applied that in their movies. I wish Shane Black knew that when he showed us that piece of garbage in 2018. You don’t need a confusing, convoluted mess of a plot. And even complicated annoying characters to go along with it. Less is more, and it can be rewarding to strip down the movie to the bare bones of it. Who knows. The result might surprise Hollywood. Prey showed us that it can work.

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