Why Hunt: Showdown is the FPS that creates stories

Hunt: Showdown is a decidedly different kind of multiplayer FPS experience. It puts a new spin on the PvE and PvP patterns featured in its peers, instead opting to blend different types of multiplayer match types into something that feels unique. And while it involves guns, looting, and mining, it’s a much more flexible game than you might think. You can earn XP and get in on the monster-hunting action, regardless of your play level and style. There are clues to find, enemy teams to outsmart, and tactics to plan and execute alongside your friends. Hunt: Showdown’s maps are mini sandboxes, filled with monsters and explorable environments that combine to create memorable player-made stories.

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The main objective when entering a Hunt: Showdown match is to hunt down a target, kill them, and extract them with the bounty, either solo or in a duo or trio. How you do this is up to you, and there are several side activities you can complete on your way to the boss. Maps in Hunt: Showdown are compact, but filled with crumbling buildings, misty swamps, and other points of interest depending on which map you load into. Somewhere hidden on each map is one or two of the game’s four bosses, each different in how they will defend themselves. The Butcher will throw firebombs, while other mobs will be hyper aware of any sound you make as you move to kill it.

To track down the boss, you need to collect clues using your Dark Sight. It’s often great to have a team member take care of this, as they guide players from point to point, slowly narrowing down the final location. As you move from building to swamp and back, you’ll slowly dispatch monsters and earn accolades that award bonuses upon completion. Whether you eliminate other players, collect boss intel, or hang back and use traps, you’ll be rewarded for your particular playstyle.


Rules of Engagement

While stealth can be hugely advantageous in Hunt: Showdown, there’s plenty for players who just want to run around and fight their way through monsters. Thanks to the binaural sound design, being loud will alert other players to your general location, but some may want to use this to their advantage, by setting traps and establishing lines of sight to take out enemies when they run. Those who want to play more tactically and coordinate with their friends will find solace in the melee weapons scattered throughout each map. These kill enemies (relatively) quietly, allowing you to explore with less chance of alerting other players. Every team member has something to offer during the hunt, whether they’re a high-level marksman or more adept at exploration and stealth.

It’s these small decisions that really start to set Hunt: Showdown apart from other online shooters. Even the fairly standard races from spawn to boss fight can feel unique, given the amount of options available to you. Sometimes you’ll accidentally trigger a flock of birds, sending enemies flocking through the trees. Your teammate can throw a firebomb incorrectly and set the building you are in on fire. Little stories like this punctuate each match in a way that really builds on the core FPS experience.


Let’s show us the ropes

With so many aspects in play at every turn of Hunt: Showdown, it’s great that the game has an in-depth tutorial that players can use to master the basics. The tutorial comes in three difficulties that slowly add more complex systems and tougher enemies. The character you level up and the bonuses you earn when onboarding carry over to the main game, meaning your time invested early on is rewarded. Once you understand the basics, you have the freedom to approach each target as you wish. You have the freedom to create your own stories through the selection of maps and modes.

One of the most important things you learn during the introductory tutorial is whether or not to fight. Once you’re near the boss, you’ll get a flashing icon in the corner of the screen, either white or red. White means there are no other players around to fight the boss, giving you the green light to move onto your target. A red icon means you need to be aware of other players, but it’s also a great opportunity to set traps and ambushes, as you rush to finish off the boss after an enemy team drains its health. As each match progresses, you can decide how you want to progress. Play it safe and wait for enemies to prey on each other, or set up decoys, traps, and ambushes to get better gear early on. The choice is yours.


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While the main objective of Hunt: Showdown is to eliminate the target and extract with the bounty, there are many different options on when you choose to extract. You can spend your time earning rewards, finding points of interest and clues, and mining before being killed by enemy players. You’ll still earn XP for doing this, and sometimes it’s the smartest decision to cut your losses and run. If you manage to defeat the boss, you will need to perform a banishment to get your bounty tokens. This alerts players to your location, so you’ll want to have your team ready and all exits covered before continuing. Sometimes luring enemies in danger this way can yield great rewards, as you use the boss’ body to create traps, getting you kills and more accolades in the process. Once the boss is banished and you collect a bounty token, all remaining players will be able to see your location on the map, so you’ll also need to keep that in mind before heading to the extraction point. It’s this variety and player-driven storytelling that really shines in Hunt: Showdown. It gives players the ability to create their own version of each map’s master pieces and makes every push and retreat unique.

Hunt: Showdown presents a rewarding twist on familiar multiplayer mechanics. It balances variety and player choice with great tutorial and simple control schemes, allowing a wide range of individual playstyles to be viable. By providing players with alternative ways to interact with its world besides shooting, Hunt: Showdown is a far more accessible beast than it’s entitled to. Through exploration, painstaking search for clues, and ax smashing action, Hunt: Showdown is a versatile FPS that rewards experimentation. As long as you get to extraction, that is.

Hunt: Showdown is now available on To smokeXbox One, Xbox Series consoles, PS4 and PS5.

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