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Hunt: Showdown

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: PLAION
Developer: Crytek
Release Date: Aug. 27, 2019

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'Hunt: Showdown' (ALL) v1.4.3 PC Update Adds New Weapons, PvE Mode And More

by Rainier on Sept. 2, 2020 @ 8:35 a.m. PDT

Hunt: Showdown is a match-based first-person bounty hunting game where you will face off against unearthly horrors in the forgotten corners of the world.

Savage, nightmarish monsters roam the Louisiana swamps, and you are part of a group of rugged bounty hunters bound to rid the world of their ghastly presence. Banish these creatures from our world, and you will be paid generously—and given the chance to buy more gruesome and powerful weapons. Fail, and death will strip you of both character and gear. Your experience, however, remains in your pool of hunters—called your Bloodline—always.

Hunt’s competitive, match-based gameplay mixes PvP and PvE elements to create a uniquely tense experience where your life, your character, and your gear are always on the line. At the beginning of each match, up to five teams of two set out to track their monstrous targets. Once they’ve found and defeated one of these they will receive a bounty—and instantly become a target for every other Hunter left on the map. If you don’t watch your back, you’ll find a knife in it, and your last memory will be of another team of Hunters walking away with your prize. The higher the risk, the higher the reward–but a single mistake could cost you everything.

With six new weapons, an update to Choke Bombs and the Serpent Trait, a golden cash register, and more, Update 1.4.3 (only on PC) brings with it more content, and of course, more fixes to improve the Hunt experience as a whole.

But what we really wanted to highlight today is Hunt’s new solo PvE mode, Trials.

We know Hunt: Showdown can be hard to learn, and one of the reasons we added Trials was to give new players the chance to learn the ropes. In Trials, new players can practice and explore Hunt’s maps without any of the pressure of a match – and veterans can sharpen their skills to a fine and deadly point. Walk around and get a feel for the lay of the land, or up your skills by taking on one of the Trials (aka challenges) that allow you to walk in the shoes of some of history’s infamous Hunter characters.

In a nutshell, in Trials you can:

  • Explore maps freely, with no enemy Hunters lurking around the corner waiting to ruin your day.
  • Teleport directly to any compound.
  • Try out risky moves without losing your Hunter.
  • Complete Trial challenges.
  • Earn exclusive rewards – Hunt Dollars, Blood Bonds, and special gear.

There are three types of Trials to play through – Timed parkour challenges, Sniper challenges, and Wave challenges that require you deal with a lot of enemies at once. And Update 1.4.3 included a new set of them to test your skills.

Even in death, you will be able to progress among the ranks of Hunters via your Bloodline. Though one character may die, their experience will be transferred to your Bloodline, where it can be applied your other Hunters. If you make it off of the map alive, you will be able to use the money and experience you earn to kit out new Hunters and prepare for the next match. If you die, you lose everything but your experience.

Dark Sight allows Hunters to see into the veil between worlds, making that which cannot be seen by mortal eyes visible to those who have been initiated. Use Dark Sight when you are tracking monsters, and a ghostly light will guide you toward your next target. Dark Sight also marks players carrying a bounty, making them more vulnerable to ambush while trying to escape.

Hunt: Showdown is currently available for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam).

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