This Resident Evil-style adventure puts you in the role of a bounty hunter. That's all we know about this game but hey, looks pretty cool doesn't it? Developed exclusively for Dreamcast by a Swedish company called Amuze and published by Sega. Headhunter is currently slated for release April 2001 in Europe. No U.S. release has been announced yet.
Headhunter is one of the better action/adventure titles I've played recently. With the same addictive qualities of a title like Metal Gear Solid 2, Headhunter plays out a 3rd person action game in a future world straight out of a sci-fi novel. Based around a storyline, there's no straight 'gameplay' option, but the plot itself gives you plenty to work with. Armed at first with just a few guns, with more weaponry available later, after you've 'trained' in the game, you'll investigate a strange case of amnesia, the growth of an international syndicate, and the murder of a very powerful man. Most of the plot gets played out in small 'propaganda' style commercials and news broadcasts, very reminiscent of such films as 'Robocop' and 'Starship Troopers'.
Similar in mechanics to Metal Gear Solid and Syphon Filter, you'll play from a 3rd person perspective that's fairly easy to control. Although the camera usually follows your character, at times I noticed it could get easily stuck in a bad spot, making it hard to use, but only occasionally. The weapons that you're provided with are fairly standard, and often times, very short on ammo. Not to be outdone, your main weapon is a fairly good automatic pistol with unlimited ammo, and a lot of style.
Although you've played these types of games before, Headhunter adds a few new extras, like a vehicle mode where you cruise around town on an incredibly fast racing bike, and a new face on an otherwise old genre. If anything, its only truly great flaw is that the game is a little touchy at times, putting you into large gunfights, making getting killed all too easy. You'll want to prepare to use a few continues on this one. All in all, it looks great, has an ass-kicking soundtrack, and best of all, really fun gameplay.
This tactical-espionage title from Sega was originally supposed to come out here last year for the Dreamcast. Of course, with the DC dying, those plans were scrapped. Now that Headhunter's been picked up for the PS2, however, we may yet see this cool little game on our shores. Think of it as sort of an WGS2-lite. The emphasis lies much more on nonstop shooting action than stealth. We'll let you know if a U.S. release is scheduled.