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Hunt: Showdown

3 weeks ago

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How Hunt: Showdown creates hot, dripping tension

There’s a lot to be frightened by in Hunt: Showdown. Bee ladies, dying horses, a scuttering spider-beast. Slavering hounds, alarms made of clattering hanging bones, zombies. Ducks. It’s like this whole bayou hates you. But the swamp and its horrible denizens aren’t Hunt: Showdown’s antagonists. The real source of tension is other players. Every detail of this shooter’s design is about engineering a sense of…

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2 months ago

7 months ago

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Playstyle Royale – Being a spider conservationist in Hunt: Showdown

In Playstyle Royale, I normally head into a battle royale game and try to win my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules. This time I'm playing Hunt: Showdown, which is merely like a battle royale game, and the whole point of today's exercise is to prevent needless animal death. If only more people knew about the vital role demonic spiders play in our ecosystem,…

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Steam Charts: Paternal Doubt Edition

URGENT: Disparaging words have been said about the game you like by people who like the other game you don't like.

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9 months ago

Hunt: Showdown wades out of the early access bayou next month

Weird Western (yes, I know it's set in the swampy deep south, it's a genre descriptor) competitive monster-slaying FPS Hunt: Showdown launches in full on August 27th. While I didn't get to play it as much as I wanted to during its recent free trial, I've acquired a taste for Crytek's grim blend of duos battle royale and tense horror-themed shooter. There's a big nasty…

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10 months ago

1 year ago

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Edwin Evans-Thirlwell’s 5 best games of 2018

If my 2018 was the year “of” anything, it was surely the year of knowing your place. The games I've picked out in hindsight are united by the idea of understanding how you fit into a complex world - appreciating the intricacy of the variables and relationships that surround every given moment, whether your overall aim be to subdue them or just survive them. That…

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Hunt Showdown adds second map

As Hunt Showdown continues its journey through early access, developers Crytek today launched a big update adding their PvPvE weird west FPS's second map. Named Lawson Delta, it explores a less rugged corner of Louisiana with a prison, a fortress, and even a train station. Well lah-di-dah, aren't these unholy hordes spoiled with modernity.

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2 years ago

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Steam Charts: Stale Blood Edition

The grim effects of the Steam Summer Sale are finally wearing off, and we've got a bunch of new entries this week! Along with, of course, the usual hoary old guard of dreary regulars. So hold my hand as I guide you through the most exciting article of your life.

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Hunt monsters in Crytek’s PvPvE shooter Hunt: Showdown in a free trial weekend

The other game about hunting monsters, Hunt: Showdown, is currently holding a free trial weekend inviting all and sundry to trudge through swamp while fending off beasties and their fellow hunters. Having spent yesterday evening in a river, weekend swamptime sounds just the ticket. I've heard promising things about Hunt but been waiting until it properly launched before diving it but... ah, gwan, I'll install…

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Hunt: Showdown whips out crossbows & throwing knives

Sneaky new crossbows and throwing knives have arrived in Hunt: Showdown's latest update, for monster-hunters who enjoy having to recover ammo by yanking it out their foe's face. For me, basically - from Heavy Bullets to Skyrim, I do enjoy having to collect my ammo - and risking running out. Apparently you can even restock your Showdown knives by yanking out ones that other players…

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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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Hunt: Showdown fights camping in first major update

While the PvPvE monster-hunting FPS Hunt Showdown continues its journey through early access, developers Crytek today launched what they're calling its "first major content update". It adds new scoped guns and new character traits to improve your monstermashing, and also takes a crack at solving the problem of camping. It's no fun to slug it out with the big bad and walk away with its…

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Hunt: Showdown patch targets performance

Crytek have released the first "performance patch" for Hunt: Showdown, focused on making the early access PvPvE monster-hunting first-person shooter run better, and many players are reporting meaningful improvements. That's fine news because, according to Fraser Brown, Hunt is "a clever competitive shooter and an excellent source of emergent stories. And disasters. Mostly disasters." Framerates and stuttering and should be improved now, though the patch…

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Premature Evaluation – Hunt: Showdown

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser's living out his dream of being one of the handsome boys from Supernatural by hunting down demonic beasties in Crytek's multiplayer shooter, Hunt: Showdown. Hunt: Showdown never has any silence to break. It’s always noisy. Every groan, gurgle and scream, even the rustling of leaves -- they…

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Steam Charts: The Someday Papers Edition

Some Monday mornings, as I plonk myself down at my desk at 6.50am and load the RSS feed for the Steam Charts, I think to myself: you know what? There are so many other things I'd like to write about today. Anyway, here are the top ten games on Steam from the last week.

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Steam Charts: Taxidermy Edition

A lot of people have tried to argue over the years that it's simply impossible to collate the top ten selling games on Steam from the last week, and then write a small comment accompanying each, beneath a screenshot. But today, for the first time, we hope to prove those people wrong.

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Hunt: Showdown sloshes into early access bayou

Spider! Ah! Oh thank heavens it’s just an early access videogame. Easy mistake. The way they both scuttle out into the open, it’s very similar. But see, look closely and you’ll find that this is actually a lesser-spotted Hunt: Showdown - a multiplayer horror shooter set in the swamps and farmland of rural Louisiana, in which pairs of bounty hunters track monsters and shoot at…

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Podcast: What are the best monsters?

They lurk, they creep, they skulk and weep. Monsters in videogames can be as simple as a big spiky cyclops ball, or as unsettling as a sobbing woman in a rainy alleyway. This week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, the team is talking about their favourites, from flaming skulls to digitally possessed diving suits, and the clever ways in which game monsters…

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