Predator Hunting Grounds is an asymmetrical competitive multiplayer game based on the beloved sci fi movies and is available this month on PS Plus. It has similar gameplay to Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th but with the Predator. Players either fight as part of a 4-man fireteam or as the infamous Predator. The 4-man fireteam are dropped into the jungles of the fictional South American nation of Val Verde and are tasked with completing multiple random objectives and fighting against mercenaries while trying to survive against the Predator.
Players playing as the Predator’s sole task is to eliminate all fireteam members ensuring they do not get an extraction. Fireteam soldiers are played through a first-person perspective and they can create their own class with different guns, appearances, and abilities. Weapons include typical military style shotguns and rifles as well as special weapons that you might see in the movies including grenade launchers and miniguns. There’s different shaders and attachments for each gun which you can unlock by using the guns or through loot boxes.
The fireteam must contend with completing their objectives whilst also looking out for the Predator hunter whilst trying to keep each other alive. The Predator is played solo and in a third person perspective hunting their prey from up in the trees using their thermal vision and various alien gear. There are multiple Predator classes that can be created here that either focus on melee or range combat. You can be a scout or a tank and there are different cosmetics which can be equipped that are inspired by the movies that Predator Hunting Grounds are based on as there’s different skin tones, armor types and helmets.
Predator Hunting Grounds is definitely fun and exploring the impressive jungle sandbox environment of Val Verde either as the fireteam trying to make it to the extraction point with your spine intact or as the Predator trying to track your prey and killing them using a small arsenal of alien inspired technology. We’ve got hunting nets, plasma cannons, hand cannons, spears and swords. Predator Hunting Grounds is a game to be played with friends as communication is key when playing as the fireteam to keep track of the enemy Predator.
Playing with random people is pretty difficult as you get killed with no warning and you can still ping the Predator’s location but usually, they’ll be up in the trees and they’re pretty hard to keep track of with their invisibility and better movement. It’s pretty fun playing as the fireteam working together as there’s definitely more tension in trying to survive and looking out for the Predator on the horizon. I think the Predator gets a much tougher time although they are very deadly and when they do find the fireteam they can kill them pretty quickly.
Finding the fireteam in the first place can be difficult as you will have to explore the map and by using your thermal vision you will be able to pinpoint their location or if there’s some gunfire going on but otherwise it will just be traversal until you find them. Predator Hunting Grounds is definitely a bit light on content as it has no single player features and is a multiplayer only game. There’s only really one mode which is called Hunt but there is a team deathmatch where you control a point and for a certain time you get to play as the Predator but it’s not as fun as Hunt mode.
There’s only one jungle environment to play in however objectives and map areas are rotated per game. There’s plenty of cosmetic items and upgrades to equip however these are pretty slow to unlock as there’s over 150 levels to go through. Not to mention it’s pretty one sided if you get a player who has a high level. The best gear like the mythological inspired outfits or the movie characters are locked behind DLC so if you want to support the developers you can through the cosmetics as the free cosmetics in game is just your standard soldier outfits.
The graphics and sound fits the game well but the gameplay is a bit of a letdown after a while. I think Predator Hunting Grounds is a fun competitive multiplayer experience which definitely captures the style of the Predator movies however it’s definitely lacking in content with only one real primary game mode and map with the majority of interesting gear locked behind DLC. I think if you’re interested in the movie franchise, you like Dead by Daylight or asymmetrical style games it’s definitely worth playing for free with friends.
Predator Hunting Grounds will be available to PlayStation Plus members until Monday, October 4.
I think Predator Hunting Grounds is a fun competitive multiplayer experience which definitely captures the style of the Predator movies however it’s definitely lacking in content with only one real primary game mode and map with the majority of interesting gear locked behind DLC.