Hunter: The Reckoning (Microsoft Xbox, 2002)
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|Set in White Wolf's World of Darkness universe, Hunter: The Reckoning follows the exploits of the Hunters -- a clandestine organization dedicated to ridding the world of demonic entities. Monsters now live among the population and appear normal to the naked eye. The Hunters, however, have the gift of Second Sight, the ability to see the monstrosities for what they really are. Brought together by circumstance, four people must fight the onslaught of evil to save the community of Ashcroft and all of humanity.
A hack & slash action title similar to Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, Hunter: The Reckoning lets four players cooperate simultaneously. Players can assume the role of Spenser "Duece" Wyatt, Father Esteban Cortez, Samantha Alexander, or Cassandra Chyung, each of whom is imbued with distinct abilities, characteristics, and Edge powers -- special abilities that manifest themselves in defensive, offensive, and passive forms.
Players fight their way through 23 levels ranging from a train station, to a cemetery, to a derelict prison. The hordes of enemies encompass no fewer than 20 different forms, including ghoulish terrors such as zombies, vampires, scurrying spider-like martyrs, and many other abominations of the night, all of which can be dismembered piece by piece. Characters are armed with both ranged and melee weapons, the latter having infinite ammunition.
Littered throughout the levels are more powerful secondary weapons such as shotguns (riot, combat, and double-barreled types), machine guns, flamethrowers, and rocket launchers. Inate Edge powers are also provided but can only be used when the character has enough Conviction (magic power) in reserve. Additionally, characters can perform melee combination attacks by pressing multiple buttons.
Movement is performed using the left analog stick while the right analog stick allows players to aim independently of their current direction of movement. Strangely shaped glyphs can be found to replenish a character's health or Conviction, or to increase strength and accuracy attributes. Characters will gain experience during the course of their quest, allowing them to increase in level and skill. This in turn translates into more powerful Edge attacks that increase in range and damage potential.
The game was met with positive to average reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 80% and 79 out of 100 for the Xbox version.
|Game||Hunter: The Reckoning|
|Genre||Hack & Slash|
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||M - Mature|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood and Gore, Violence|
|Game Special Features||
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