I’m still working through my Steam wishlist a bit at a time, either deleting titles for whom my interest has cooled, or finally trying to play some of the games that have languished there for ages. And man, jumping into a competitive and highly-mechanics-oriented game like Hunt: Showdown way late in the game’s life-cycle is a rude awakening.
There are a handful of skills that translate from most other competitive shooters, but most of Hunt feels like such a vastly different beast that I probably played half a dozen games before it even clicked for me that I needed to alter (and slow the fuck down) my entire approach to the matches. To rethink what I was even supposed to be doing. And even then I was nothing more than lukewarm chum for the game’s more experienced hunters.
I love the concept of the game, of hunters that level up but can also be permanantly lost, of playing a game of cat and mouse mixed with PvE elements, the creepy bayou setting, and don’t even get me started on the music, which I would happily sit and listen to all day. At the same time, I find the game thoroughly nerve-wracking. Being mindful of so many things at once, like walking on glass (literally), flocks of crows, ugly Cthulhu monsters in the swamp, zombies that spit angry bees at you, tracking down clues to your next prey, other Hunters that always seem to have the better position, and every sound in the game that makes me want to jump out of my skin… it’s all a bit much. When I was playing the game, I was relieved when I stopped. A short while later I was itching to try again, to try and learn this magnificent amalgamation of a game.
It was definitely a very interesting and very cool game, which made it a very difficult decision to refund it at the 2 hour mark. Clearly that’s not enough time to truly learn the ropes of a game like Hunt, but it was either that or be committed to the investment for a long haul. While I didn’t hate the idea, I have so many other games I want to play, and I’m just not sure I can to commit the time it would take to actually become at all competant in Hunt. If I see it go on sale, though, I’d definitely consider picking it up again just to have in the library for when the mood grabs me.